Voice actor claims to have recorded for Half-Life 2: Episode 3

Despite a considerable stretch of silence, it appears as though Half-Life 2: Episode 3 rumors are starting to pick up steam yet again. First we had a mystery haiku, then we had a shirts, and now we have a voice actor claiming to have recorded lines for the game.

The report comes from OXM, which claims to have talked to a US-based voice actor who lent his talents to the oft-delayed third chapter of Half-Life 2. While he wouldn't apparently go into any further details, that statement alone gives us a good amount of information. For one, it means that Valve is actually working on the game, despite all signs pointing towards the chapter being scrapped entirely.

It also means that they might not be pushing out Half-Life 3 as quickly as possible, as was previously rumored after the Episode's delay. Or the actor slipped up, and meant to say Half-Life 3 when he said Episode 3. Or he's a liar.

Hopefully we'll hear more in the near future, potentially as soon as the VGAs this weekend. Valve is already confirmed to be attending (likely to pick up whatever awards Portal 2 walks away with), so maybe they'll drop some more clues while they're on the mic?

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  • Gillespee - December 10, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    "despite all signs pointing towards the chapter being scrapped entirely." Actually, I don't remember any signs about it at all except for that one piece of concept art.
  • dekmaine - December 10, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    It seems that voice actor/actress giveaways are all the rage these days. Resident Evil 6 and now this.
  • pr0tostar - December 9, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    I'm calling bs. A. This is a ridiculous attention-grab trend I'm seeing lately. Isn't this like the 3rd speculated game with a voice actor claiming its existence and their stake in it? B. When,in the history of ever, has anyone who refuses to disclose their identity told the truth about something? That isn't a rhetorical question I encourage anyone to prove me wrong lol. The lady who had RE6/her roles listed on her IMBD resume seems legit, she's a confirmed legitimate actress with a lengthily VA history. Why would anyone slander their career over false info? These other lurkers just seem to be jumping on the "this game's speculative status is too quiet, so Imma troll some noise" bandwagon.
  • comaqi - December 9, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    I need to finish episode 2 really badly.
  • 8bitBaby - December 9, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    in japan they're already up to halflife episode 5. my uncle works for valve and he got me a copy, but then he had to take it back with him so i can't show any of you guys.
  • Lucretiel - December 9, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    I actually really hate things like that... what signs, exactly, are pointing to it being scrapped?
  • Rubberducky - December 9, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    They can't release this yet since I haven't finished the others yet!
  • Jacko415 - December 9, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    SHUT UP. The rest of the world has been ready and waiting for this since '07.
  • alphaman - December 9, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    Yep, but all he did was go into the studio and stand there for a few minutes before they gave him his check. Voice Acting Gordon Freeman is hard work, you know!
  • Shelbster27 - December 10, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    Nowhere in this article does it say voice acting for Gordon Freeman. Read before you post.
  • veryweirdguy - December 10, 2011 1:05 a.m.

    Searching for sense of humour...searching...searching...sense of humour not found. :(
  • JKfortyseven - December 11, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    Christ you're dumb. Really can't see the joke in there?
  • Fiirestorm21 - December 9, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    It was always going to happen... I don't know why people seem to keep forgetting which developer we're talking about. It's only been four years since Episode 2, while Half-Life 2 came out six years after its predecessor. Portal 2 came out four years after its predecessor. Etc. Most importantly, it's still Valve's most successful series and the least entry ended on a huge cliff-hanger. I'm betting it is Half-Life 3 still, given its development length (and also because of that it's certainly nothing less than a full-length Episode 3); the guy very easily could have slipped up, misunderstood, or any number of innocent reasons.
  • Nintendude94 - December 9, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    Left 4 dead 2 came out less than a year after it's predecessor.
  • AlmightyFuzz - December 9, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    The OXM link links back to this article... Also, I refuse to believe any rumors about Episode 3 / HL3 until I hear it from Valve themselves. I just can't take getting all excited and getting my hopes again only for it to be dashed against the rocks.
  • bebl09 - December 9, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    Agreed. I also noticed the OXM link lol, that was weird...

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