'Half-Life 2: Episode 2'
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Could it be true? Is the news we've all been waiting for finally upon us? "Half Life 3" is in development with a trailer and a demo coming at E3 2014 and a full release is scheduled for late next year, according to a report by NoS--tShurlock (their words, not ours).

The site alleges that it has received confirmation via email from Valve developer John Guthrie, who supposedly had this to say regarding the long-awaited sequel:

“I can’t confirm all too much since the development is still in early stages, but for now I can confirm that we are going to release on both current and next generation consoles and we will also release the game on our own platform exclusively for PC and Mac,” Guthrie writes. “We hope to have the first trailer ready for E3 2014, which we (after several times not attending) will finally come back to.”

This comes after we found a fishy-looking countdown site for "Left for Dead 3." We did find what appears to be Guthrie's LinkedIn profile, which indicates that he's a software developer in Seattle. That's very close to where Valve is based in Bellevue, Wash. Based on Google maps, the two neighborhoods are 10.1 miles apart so at least the name seems to check out on the surface.

As for whether the report is accurate or not, we wonder why the emails haven't been published. What's more if "Half Life 3" is in "early development," we highly doubt that Valve would only spend roughly a year and a half developing it before releasing one of the most-anticipated sequels. We'll wait to see more concrete evidence before we color ourselves convinced.

What do you think of this "Half Life 3" report? Do you think that the report indicating its development and 2014 release date are accurate? Why or why not? Do you think the "Left for Dead 3" countdown site is real? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below.