Valve's trilogy of episodic single player gaming was meant to provide games on a smaller scale but more frequently, but with Ep.2 released over two years ago, rumor has it that Dr. Gordon Freeman is not going to race through a countryside riddled with an increasingly fierce Combine threat anytime soon. According to Game Informer there will be no Half-Life release this year even though Valve's Gabe Newell claimed last year that Ep.3 was still in development, fueling speculation the game may evolve in an entirely new installment, even with a new engine (seeing as Source is now over five years old).
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'Half Life 2: Episode Three' Not Coming Anytime Soon, May Evolve Into Half-Life 3
by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST
In Half-Life 2 the player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people people he cares about are counting on him.