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Half-Life 3 has managed to do something amazing. It is a game that has as many rumors about its cancellation and delay as it does about its release. Yes, there are numerous rumors somehow convinced a game has been delayed when it hasn’t even been confirmed yet.

All of this is a part of Half-Life 3’s legendary status as a game that may or may not ever exist. Are there any Half-Life 3 rumors that are at all credible?

Everything related to Half-Life 3 needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but let’s take a look at some of the more reasonable rumors.

Back in October 2015, an update to Dota 2 Reborn accidentally included a file called “hl3.txt.” You can check out the contents of this text file here.

A few months later, in January 2016, a Reddit user found what appeared to be the Half-Life logo (or at least a lambda) hidden in a background made for the Steam holiday sale. Whether or not it means anything, the image was not a hoax.

Then in February 2016, new rumors started due to the SteamVR Performance Test, and the files contained within its folders. These files contained strings that seemed to refer to both Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3. A fan channel called Valve News Network has compiled all of the relevant information into a helpful video.

Things have been pretty quiet since then. Half-Life 3 rumors continue at a steady pace, but none have the same amount of credibility behind them as these. Most are mere speculation, drawn more from hopes than anything else. Yet these ones, few though they might be, are enough to make us pause. They’re all connected to Valve. They’re all real, even if their significance is up for debate. They’re all just believable enough to raise the possibility that Half-Life 3 really does exist.

Now, it’s tempting to point out that we found three credible rumors… Half-Life 3 confirmed!

But that would just be silly.

What do you think about these three Half-Life 3 rumors: the hl3.txt file, the holiday sale lambda, and the SteamVR Performance Test files? Are there any other credible rumors we overlooked?

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