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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I do have to agree with whomever said it - the story is underwhelming.

I get that video game stories often are, it's how they're told not what they're telling, and boiling them down to a few paragraphs of text on a single page would make most seem basic and inconsequential, but... initially I read it and was excited to see the familiar names, and while I disliked the ending, I put that on it just being that he was working in commentary on Valve (does this mean there is active work on an Alyx spinoff? Haha!) But, thinking back, yeah, it does kind of go nowhere with little happening in between. It feels like something thin connecting setpieces, which most games plots are, but you hope for more in HL. I think, also, HL was always this way, it just had really strong fiber as the little details added in.
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