Half-Life 2: Episode 3 not at E3, playable Left 4 Dead the consolation prize

Despite rumors that have been swirling around since yesterday, Half-Life 2: Episode 3, Valve’s next installment in the Half-Life series, will not be showing up at E3 this year, as stated by Doug Lombardi in an e-mail to Next-Gen.

Those of you that were already dusting off your crowbars and thick-rimmed glasses in anticipation might be feeling a little disappointed, and I can empathize. Who wouldn’t want to see what befalls Mr. Freeman next? Valve still has a nice surprise in store, however, in the form of a playable build of Left 4 Dead. Hey, it looks like we were right about that, too.

It’s moments like this that make me really wish I were going to E3 — despite the pandemonium that Aaron and Tiff described it as. Playing a four-person match of Left 4 Dead with the rest of the Destructoid crew in person would be pretty damn awesome. I can only imagine the amount of creative obscenities that would be uttered as we were overrun by zombie hordes, or the amount of “Amazing!”s that Chad would cry out whenever we survive a close call. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to wait until the November 4 release date like everyone else.

And just a quick FYI: www.e3.net is not the official Web site for the E3 Expo; it’s run by UGO. Despite the big banner at the top of the page, a lot of people that sent the original

rumor in seemed to be under that impression, so I thought I’d make that clear as more E3 rumors start popping up.

[Thanks, Joe]

Justin Villasenor