Ancient Half-Life: Episode 3 Concept Art Surfaces

Ancient Half-Life: Episode 3 Concept Art Surfaces

Four-year-old pictures of Alyx Vance in earmuffs has Half Life fans all atwitter.

The pictures you see below is a choice selection of some 32 pieces of concept art - allegedly for the long-awaited Half Life: Episode 3 - posted by Valve Time, a website devoted to mockery of Valve's notoriously dodgy timekeeping.

Assuming this concept art is real and even remotely relevant - it was created back in 2008 after all - Episode 3 will likely feature a great deal of snow and ice, as you may have guessed from the heavy foreshadowing in Episode 2. We have crashed helicopters, what appears to be an arctic variant of the combine trooper, a weird, Lovecraftian swirly thing and a few concepts of lovable sidekick, Alyx Vance, in various cold-weather gear. In one of them, she's wearing her dad's clothes, which is only mildly creepy. There's also a rather psychedelic piece that seems to resemble Xen, the much-loathed alternate dimension that played host to the final act of the original Half Life.

Episode 2 was released back in 2007 - and this is the first notable bit of news we've had on the third and final installment of the episodic series since then. It's unlikely Episode 3, if and when it's finally released, will resemble this concept art particularly closely. Then again, it's seeming increasingly unlikely that I'll live to see said release on account of my non-augmented human lifespan, so I'll take what I can get.

Source: Valve Time

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Sorry it took too long to reply, I shooped my TV and had to buy a new one.

These little trickles of odds and ends, assuming it is real, is going to make me go so bald that I will grow hair toward the inside of my brain.

If Valve spent all that time making hats elsewhere...

People hated Xen?

Sis:
People hated Xen?

This is relevant. I'm sorry about your free time.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DisappointingLastLevel?from=Main.XenSyndrome

I actually quite liked Xen...

I doubt any of this will make the final cut. Seems that devolpment of Epi... erm... Half Life 3 has been going on so long now they probably done a complete overhaul like with Portal 2 at least once.

Captcha: "Total Shamble". While Lord Inglip's views on this subject are by no means positive, sometimes one can't help but agree with them...

(By the by, the source link doesn't work)

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not sure. mass effect has corrupted me.
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if more surfaces, i bet some dedicated fans will make episode 3. shameonyouvalve

i always like looking over concept art, and i liked these there pretty.
hope some more surfaces.

also this:

she's wearing her dad's clothes, which is only mildly creepy.

I am still laughing at this

PureIrony:

Sis:
People hated Xen?

This is relevant. I'm sorry about your free time.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DisappointingLastLevel?from=Main.XenSyndrome

I could tell I was being trolled when they called the last level of Half-Life 2 a crowning moment of awesome. They forced the gravity gun on you by actually making it work and fun for a change?

It means they'll release Half Life 3 when Hell freezes over

rhizhim:
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not sure. mass effect has corrupted me.
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if more surfaces, i bet some dedicated fans will make episode 3. shameonyouvalve

How do you know that hasn't been their plan all along?

Daverson:
(By the by, the source link doesn't work)

It's also apparently down at the moment. Attracting the attention of the entire Half-Life fanbase will do that.

rhizhim:
if more surfaces, i bet some dedicated fans will make episode 3. shameonyouvalve

Considering it's so far taken fans even longer to produce a remake of Half-Life than Valve have taken to make all three episodes combined, I doubt this would work. Valve Time is a virus; it spreads to the users through the games.

Looks more like Chell from Portal than Alyx to me.

:O so does this mean we get to go back to Xen?

I actually quite liked Xen... the platforming was frustrating... but it looked cool...<.<

Sis:

PureIrony:

Sis:
People hated Xen?

This is relevant. I'm sorry about your free time.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DisappointingLastLevel?from=Main.XenSyndrome

I could tell I was being trolled when they called the last level of Half-Life 2 a crowning moment of awesome. They forced the gravity gun on you by actually making it work and fun for a change?

Unbalanced as it was, you can't deny that the Gravity Gun was awesome. I mean, you spent the entire level effortlessly throwing around hordes of combine.

Even when supercharged, though, the damn thing is unwieldy. The only reason the final boss in Half-Life 2 is difficult is because the boss forces you to take careful aim, which is impossible because whatever I'm holding takes up 80% of the screen.

I like to pretend that somehow I get a time machine and go into the future until Half Life 3 (or whatever is the next Half Life game is) is out at game stores and steal one and bring it back to our time and do a let's play of it....god I'm so alone lol

I quite like the art, it's very nice though it just makes me sad too.

Some of these would make great screen savers if they didn't have Valve Time's giant watermark

luckycharms8282:
Some of these would make great screen savers if they didn't have Valve Time's giant watermark

http://lambdageneration.com/posts/hl2-episode-three-concept-art-leaked-possible-spoilers/

I loved Xen and I hated HL2, especially the episodes so I dunno what to think of Xen in HL2...

Sacman:
:O so does this mean we get to go back to Xen?

I actually quite liked Xen... the platforming was frustrating... but it looked cool...<.<

I too would love for Half-Life 3 to include a revisit to Xen.

I know a lot of people complain about that portion of the first game, but honestly? I rather liked it. It was a drastic change of pace from the rest of the game; and in some ways, unfortunately, for the worse. However, I never found the platform hopping to be that difficult, so I was able to enjoy those sections more than most, I suppose.

Admittedly, if I had had trouble with them, I'd probably have just as much disgust for Xen as most others do. But, seeing as I didn't, I liked it. Loved it even.

Still, the Citadel sections in Half-Life 2, which were very much an extension of the ideas Valve had for Xen, played MUCH better. So here's hoping, assuming we do return to Xen in Half-Life 3, that it plays more like the Citadel finale and not the first games finale.

The link to Valve Time is broken, might want to fix it...

Looks interesting, is that Xen I see in the last picture?

 

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