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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Nucas wrote on Aug 25, 2017, 14:42:
there's been leak after leak over the years with anonymous employees all telling the same story - gabe newell doesn't want half life 3 made, despite the fairy tale "valve is a totally flat structure!!!" thing that always gets parroted.

the last one i saw by the funhaus guys a year or two back expanded on it further by saying a half life 3 project started to gel around 2010 but apparently the rabid over-reaction to the mass effect 3 ending caused gabe newell to declare it was too risky, among other factors. seeing a fan-base completely turn on a franchise and devalue the property, etc etc.

he probably feels pretty comfortable in that assessment now after seeing the mass effect franchise completely destroyed and 'retired' after the complete fucking hysterics people were in over andromeda.

Interesting.

I mean, let's not mince words, this is Valve's fuckup. But it's curious to hear them blame it on the fans. I mean, if I make a movie, write a book, or program a game, people might fucking hate it, I'm cool with that, I'm an adult.

They should take a page from Michael Bay, did he quit after Transformers 1? NO! how about the 18 sequels? HELL NO! He has his fans, and his critics, and not for one second does he warp his movies around what critics want.

Sad, but I think I just said Michael Bay is more of a true artist than anyone working at Valve.

I mean, we're begging for a fucking SEQUEL here, that's how low the bar has gotten. God forbid they throw some money at developing a new IP. And I actually mean a NEW IP, not something they stole/borrowed/bought from other indy devs/modders, like you know... EVERY GAME THEY'VE PUT OUT SINCE HALF LIFE 1 (not counting The Lab, it's a tech demo).

Someone prove me wrong.

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