The first concept art from Half-Life 2: Episode Three

The web is abuzz over what some believed to be the first concept art of Half-Life 2: Episode Three from an exhibit of video game art called Into the Pixel. And some are so wrong. The first concept art from Valve’s episodic blockbuster actually appeared in the pages of PC Gamer magazine in our November 2007 issue!

That was our cover story and review of The Orange Box, and our exclusive render showed what appeared to be a group of Advisors floating in what we presume to be the icebound Borealis, a research vessel that was once operated by our friends at Aperture Science.

Here is the image we ran in the magazine last year, plus we’re throwing in another concept render that we’d been saving for a rainy day. It’s not raining today – in fact, a large portion of California happens to be on fire – but whatever. You either want to see them, or you don’t.

Jul 10, 2008


  • Icarus413 - June 15, 2014 2:47 a.m.

    The year is 2014. Six years have passed since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode Two. Episode Three remains unconfirmed.
  • catherinepedersen - March 28, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    Best game I've ever played was the Half-Life 2 pack, can't wait for the third to come out, it's taking forever!!!! I agree with EchoBlade, release the date already!
  • soren7550 - October 17, 2008 6:39 p.m.

    Last I heard, we're going to have to wait untill 2010 at the earliest untill we'll see ep. 3. Can't wait! *starts tapping foot*
  • Crotchety - October 1, 2008 12:03 a.m.

    I waiting impatiently!!!
  • grdnfrmn001 - September 20, 2008 2:27 p.m.

    episode 3 better be just as long, if not longer than half life 2. episode 1 and 2 are fun, but half life 2 is by far the greatest, due to the diversity of maps, length of the game, action, everything. i can't wait for episode 3!!!!!!!!
  • Marioninja1 - September 18, 2008 7:08 p.m.

    I want this game so much
  • EchoBlade - June 16, 2009 8:57 p.m.

    I hope a release date is given really soon...
  • avalanche19 - May 11, 2009 10:25 p.m.

    I just don't get it. Episode One was released by Valve on June 1, 2006. Then Episode Two a little over a year later in October 2007. WHY the LOOOOOOONG WAIT for Episode Three ? Yes, I want EP3 to be great, but THAT argument can be made indefinitely.... if they wait til the year 2012 just think how cool it'll be.... NO, wait... even cooler in the year 2016. Note to VALVE... GET WITH IT !!!!!!

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