Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Story Revealed?

In a surprise move, a post on Marclaidlaw.com from former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw offers long-suffering Half-Life fans some closure with a general story outline of Half-Life 2: Episode 3, giving a sense for how the unfinished DLC trilogy was supposed to conclude (thanks MeanJim). It's not clear if this is authorized, as the names of the characters are all changed, presumably to protect the guilty (the post is written from the PoV of Gertrude Fremont, Ph.D). Further, the site is now returning "connection refused" errors, but this may simply be due the server being overwhelmed by demand, but the Internet Wayback Machine has a cached copy. Also, addressing both the site's difficulties and the name alterations, the article is now also preserved on GitHub with all the names properly replaced with Valve's IP, which possibly puts the post in more jeopardy of being shut down. Thanks Valve News Network.
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Nailbender wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 10:14:
OK people, this is all the HL3 we're going to get.
I'll take what I can get. After HL2ep2, closure is all I've wanted. Still, forget Valve!

loomy wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 10:43:
seems like a lot of words to say nothing

I suspect this is just a gift to the community and not actually what they had planned, because if he revealed the end of a story which valve owned, even if they never use it, I think they could and would NAIL him. but it IS shallow enough to be a game story
The guy is the lead writer of the Half-Life series. It may just be "fan fiction", but second to Gabe Newell, he's the only other person in the world that has the authority to claim what is and isn't Half-Life.

In practice, I don't expect the final game would go like this, because rarely does a game stick exactly to the script. But I could easily see this being a Half-Life game, and a fun one at that.

(And I really doubt Valve is going to mind. NDAs expire for a reason, and they obviously don't care about Half-Life anymore)
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Capella wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 10:58:
I have never understood what the hell happened for them not to finish this.

$$$ happened. Hopefully CS:GO and TF2 start to die to other games. Maybe Valve will give a fuck if their cash cows are threatened. I don't see DOTA going anywhere anytime soon though.
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Why can't they just make the damn episode already? I have never understood what the hell happened for them not to finish this.
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seems like a lot of words to say nothing

I suspect this is just a gift to the community and not actually what they had planned, because if he revealed the end of a story which valve owned, even if they never use it, I think they could and would NAIL him. but it IS shallow enough to be a game story
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Read it on GitHub - weird read. Not sure how it would have worked as a game.
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Valve just lost their passion for writing/making great games. All they care about now is DOTA and their cash cow Steam.

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OK people, this is all the HL3 we're going to get.
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