RUMOR: new Half-Life 2: Episode 3 concept art revealed (from 2008)

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valvetime.net said:
For the avoidance of doubt, I just want to stress that we absolutely would not release these pictures if we didn't know for a fact they were real.

They absolutely are.

Please just enjoy them as they are, and try not to look for conspiracies that aren't there.

I mean, it's not like we're doing it to attract traffic to our site. We know our server can't cope with the load so we don't want massive influxes of traffic like this. You may have noticed we've been offline since!
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The artwork appears to be in the same style of Andrea Wicklund who has worked at Valve since 2006. This fits with the circa-2008 dating of this art, so it's likely her work:
http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1193669&p=36513563&viewfull=1#post36513563

This is official art, and I'm shocked that this day has come!
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=31353139&postcount=28

Because I know who the source is, but I'm not going to give it away just yet for exclusivity reasons. (Unless it was mentioned in our news post, but I haven't seen the news post)
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=31353185&postcount=33

No, not leaked in that context. It was found in the same way we found the SOB art.
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=31353437&postcount=42

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More concept art from Half-Life: Episode 3 has been released finally. It was sent by an anonymous source to valvetime.net and it's the same anonymous source that revealed concept art for Valve's SOB project: http://www.valvetime.net/threads/exclusive-half-life-2-episode-3-concept-art.206815/

For example:
Alyx is wearing Eli's jacket
Crashed helicopter in an Arctic location
Art featuring Xen
Combine Advisors in Xen
The images are from circa 2008 and therefore not necessarily representative of the current state of the project, but it's great to see new media, nonetheless.
Gallery is here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.375965635802364.86003.274276235971305&type=1

Episode 3 Helicopter:



Episode 2 Helicopter, which was shown at the end of the game:

 
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Seems like way too much work has gone into this for it to be a fake but... All this art looks nothing Half-Life's "art style".

I dunno. I'm still dubious.
 

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My heart skipped a beat when I read the thread title. Even though the art is ancient, it's still nice to see something relatively new (assuming it's official, of course).
 

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This franchise is such a goddamn mess. I'll be disappointed if the next iteration is Episode 3 and not just 3.
 
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Cool. Changing Alyx' design seems to indicate a different direction of some sort though.

I wonder what the role of Xen would have been. Cutting the combine off permanently? Human Exodus from Earth? (I mean: the combine are going to strike back eventually, as Kleiner pointed out. And with advisors being pretty much unbeatable...)

Actually, I kind of think they wrote themselves in a corner with the advisors. Telekinesis is sorta hard to beat with uhm.. sticks and stones.
 
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Cool. Changing Alyx' design seems to indicate a different direction of some sort though.

I wonder what the role of Xen would have been. Cutting the combine off permanently? Human Exodus from Earth? (I mean: the combine are going to strike back eventually, as Kleiner pointed out. And with advisors being pretty much unbeatable...)

Actually, I kind of think they wrote themselves in a corner with the advisors. Telekinesis is sorta hard to beat with uhm.. sticks and stones.
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For the avoidance of doubt, I just want to stress that we absolutely would not release these pictures if we didn't know for a fact they were real.

They absolutely are.

Please just enjoy them as they are, and try not to look for conspiracies that aren't there.

I mean, it's not like we're doing it to attract traffic to our site. We know our server can't cope with the load so we don't want massive influxes of traffic like this. You may have noticed we've been offline since!
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The thing is, I have no trouble believing they are real. I do however stumble when it comes to believing Episode 3 is going to happen. If it was it would have long ago. If this work is for episode three, then it is simply work done for the game before it fell off valves priority list.