And yet, Half Life 3 is still not confirmed.
Recently, a rumor broke out that Microsoft is looking to expand its portfolio of studios and franchises by acquiring some major game companies. EA was the name that was floated as being the likeliest possibility, but Valve was one of the other names that came up in the rumors.
At least that part of those rumors was false, however- none other than Gabe Newell, head of Valve, has confirmed so. Responding to a fan via email (which is something that he is known to do quite a bit), Newell said that he is “not aware” of Valve being bought out by Microsoft. So, that ends that.
Valve fans can therefore rest easy- the company is in no danger of going corporate any time soon. Of course, this also means that said fans’ wait for Valve to actually put out a meaningful game continues. Half Life 3 will never happen.