When last we saw Gordon Freeman, or any information regarding Valve‘s acclaimed first person shooter, Half-Life 2, it was back in 2007 when Episode 2 released. It’s been a long, long time since Episode 2 and Valve has opted to keep quiet regarding any details about Gordon Freeman’s exploits, especially those that would accompany a release date for Half-Life 2: Episode 3. But due to a DOTA 2 beta tester’s decision to leak the game’s client system, we may have some legitimate Episode 3 information. Oh. My. Freeman.

Half-Life 2 seems to have cemented its position as one of the best first person shooters in modern gaming, so the lack of any information or support since Episode 2 has been unfortunate. There have been rumblings here and there, including the fact that Valve president Gabe Newell has confirmed that the studio is done with releasing episodic content. Some took this as a sign that Half-Life 3 would be the next chapter in the story, but could also mean that the elements in the DOTA 2 client are outdated.

Whether or not that is the case, this could be some pretty crucial information that will at least give fans something to talk about while we wait for Valve to release official details for Half-Life 3. Feast your eyes upon some of the most precious text you may read in your life.

/src/game/server/ep3/weapon_icegun.cpp

/src/game/server/ep3/weaponizer_concrete.cpp

/src/game/server/ep3/weaponizer_liquid.cpp

/src/game/server/ep3/weaponizer_metal.cpp

/src/game/server/ep3/weapon_flamethrower.cpp

So the obvious things to talk about are weapons. An ice gun? A flamethrower? Two brand new weapons that could be seen in Half-Life 3? That’s completely acceptable. The more interesting aspects, the “weaponizer” attributes of liquid, concrete, and metal are where the head scratching can commence.

One of the most important tools/weapons Gordon Freeman possessed throughout his exploits in Half-Life 2 was the Gravity Gun, enabling him to turn regular items into devastating weapons. Now will the “Weaponizer” be another tool that allows Freeman to manipulate the physics of objects, turning them into liquid, concrete, or metal? Or will it let players manipulate liquid, concrete, or metal? See? Told you head scratching would be inevitable.

In the mean time, let’s celebrate Half-Life a little bit and remember the passing of Robert Culp (who voiced Wallace Breen) or see the breathtaking short film created by a few die hard fans with a bit of ingenuity. We’ll keep you posted on any Half-Life announcements, if and when Valve decides to make them.

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