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Half Life 3 spotted! (on a shirt)

The “are they or aren't they” debate surrounding Valve's development of Half Life 3 has been stoked once more with the discovery of a Half Life 3 t-shirt reportedly worn in public by a Valve employee. We don't use italics lightly folks, this is a big deal.

The shirt was spotted at a recent industry gala by Uber Entertainment rep Chandana “Ekanaut” Ekanayake, who shared his findings last night, tweeting, “All I'm saying is I saw this at a local game developer event worn by a Valve employee.”

Responses to the tweet have ranged from “I saw that too!", to “Valve is a giant troll”. If it was just a Valve employee having a laugh, well, that's actually kind of funny. Another way to look at it is the shirt is merely a way for the studio to say: “Yeah, we haven't forgotten about it."

You may recall Half Life fans foaming at the mouth this September when HL3 code was spotted hanging around the inner recesses of the Dota 2 beta, or back in April when vague HL3 hints were uncovered in Portal 2's ARG. Heck, Gordon Freeman's face is spotted in toast on a weekly basis. Point being: it's a 99.98% possibility Valve will make Half Life 3. It will happen; and when it does, we're sure Gabe and his team will announce it in a much bigger way than on a shirt.

Matt Bradford wrote news and features here at GamesRadar+ until 2016. Since then he's gone on to work with the Guinness World Records, acting as writer and researcher for the annual Gamer's Edition series of books, and has worked as an editor, technical writer, and voice actor. Matt is now a freelance journalist and editor, generating copy across a multitude of industries.