'Half-Life 3' release date in 2017 or 2018; alleged poster spotted at Gamescom 2016

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Despite Valve’s silence regarding the much-awaited third installment of their first-person shooter franchise “Half-Life” some players are reportedly still hoping that it will come to existence.

According to Parent Herald, fans are anticipating that the game may be released within the next two years, just in time for the series’ 20th anniversary. “Half-Life 3” was said to be in early development back in 2007 but it was abruptly stopped. There are claims that it may be continued before 2018 and could potentially feature compatibility with virtual reality (VR).

Meanwhile, other reports suggest that the “Half-Life 3” may arrive even earlier in 2017 as the team allegedly moved to a new office. This seemingly added to the assumption that they might be making all the preparations to release the new iteration alongside the zombie-themed adventure game “Left 4 Dead 3.”

However, since there is no official statement from the game developer yet, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.

Rumors regarding the title recently swirled again online when an alleged poster was spotted at the recently concluded Gamescom 2016. Apparently, the image was seen at the convention center where the event took place. However, The Drum noted that although the promotional material looked similar to that of “Half-Life,” especially with its iconic orange color, it purportedly came from two German websites, Spieletipps and GIGA Games. Since it was placed beside advertisements for legitimate games such as “Sniper 3” and “Titanfall 2,” the location seemed to have added to the gamers’ frenzy.

Moreover, upon closer inspection of the banner, the German words “Redakteure die es damals gespielt haben” could be seen. This is said to loosely translate to “Editors who played it back then,” which is deemed to point to those who experienced the franchise beforehand. The meaning behind the ad has yet to be explained by either of the two websites.