1. Post #1
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    Source:

    http://www.facebook.com/ValveTime?sk=photos
    http://www.valvetime.net/threads/exc...ept-art.206815

    These fantastic images have been sent in by an anonymous visitor to the site from an unknown source. Despite that, we have no reason to believe they aren't real. One could argue that perhaps they are just generic Half-Life 2 concept art of concepts that never made it into the final game. But there's plenty of evidence here to suggest they are post Episode 2.

    For example:
    Alyx is wearing Eli's jacket
    Crashed helicopter in an Arctic location
    Art featuring Xen
    Combine Advisors in Xen

    The images are from circa 2008 and therefore not necessarily representative of the current state of the project, but it's great to see new media, nonetheless.
    Here's my summary:

    >The concept art is from early 2008
    >The Weather Station is back
    >Your helicopter is down
    >Xen is back and there's Combine Advisors on Xen

    >Gordon is wearing a white winter suit
    >Alyx is wearing Eli's green jacket and Harvard sweater in the concept art
    >Alyx is also shown wearing a jumpsuit (from early Half-Life 2) and Mossman's sweater
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    So Xen was just a massive psychedelic acid trip all along.
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  3. Post #3
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    The link doesn't work anymore.
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  4. Post #4
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    The link doesn't work anymore.
    Yeah. Valvetime appears to be down.

    Nevermind
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  5. Post #5
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    Just post the bloody pictures already!!

    Edited:

    Or do you mean to tell me you didn't anticipate that the site would be flooded due to news of EP3 Concept art and you therefore DIDN'T save and outsource said pictures??
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    Just post the bloody pictures already!!

    Edited:

    Or do you mean to tell me you didn't anticipate that the site would be flooded due to news of EP3 Concept art and you therefore DIDN'T save and outsource said pictures??
    I managed to save a few that I had open still.



    For the rest, I guess you will have to wait for the site to come back up.

    The steam forums have the pictures on facebook.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...5971305&type=1
    or use his link.
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  7. Post #7
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    ^maybe it's just because of the first guy's scavenger look, but I'm getting some BioShock chills.
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    Well, it's something. Loving Alyx's new outfits and oh god where do I get that swirly thing as a wallpaper
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    Here's a Facebook album of them.

    -late-

    Anyway, are these confirmed as legit? The Xen ones look... weird.
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  11. Post #11
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    The link doesn't work anymore.
    Valve must have found out!

    If any of you managed to see the images, I suggest you get your Winchester and keep a look out for any suspicious canisters landing in your front yard.

    You fool, you've doomed us all!
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    Anyone have an idea what this could be? Looks like another augmented soldier of some sort, but what are those bundled tubes or wires on its back?
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    These don't look very halflifey so I have my doubts that these are legit. But I hope I'm wrong because I like what I see.
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    Alyx looks so different in the first few shots and holy fucking shit those scenes with a crashed helicopter in arctic look amazing.
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    It'll be fucking heartwrenching if alyx is wearing Eli's jacket in ep3/hl3.
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    Apparently the game now involves superglue puzzles
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    Anyone have an idea what this could be? Looks like another augmented soldier of some sort, but what are those bundled tubes or wires on its back?
    Low temperature / Zen version for some new elite combine troop, with less armor, and a life support backpack? He does have ice climber boots.
    It does look sort of cobbled together/not too combine-ey so it could also be some new resistance troop or character, they don't tend to hide their faces though
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  18. Post #18
    Dennab
    May 2011
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    Holy shit that white guy tripping balls with advisor in the background, is that Gordon?

    Also all those Alyx designs, mmmmm

  19. Post #19
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    hallucinogenic/mind-altering combine attacks?


    neat

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    Sweet. Something at last.

    Was this a leak or an official release?

    Also:

    With the release of Meet the Pyro in only a few hours and this at the same time; I predict an announcement on Episode 3/HL3
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  21. Post #21
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    These don't look very halflifey so I have my doubts that these are legit.
    The artwork appears to be in the same style of Andrea Wicklund who has worked at Valve since 2006. This fits with the circa-2008 dating of this art, so it's likely her work:


    If you're looking for blatant Half-Life references (besides the obvious Advisor), you can see Alyx is wearing Eli's monogrammed vest here:


    You can also see Alyx wearing Eli's Harvard shirt here:


    Seems a bit in poor taste to wear your    dead    father's clothing, but that's Alyx for ya!
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    The artwork appears to be in the same style of Andrea Wicklund who has worked at Valve since 2006. This fits with the circa-2008 dating of this art, so it's likely her work:


    If you're looking for blatant Half-Life references (besides the obvious Advisor), you can see Alyx is wearing Eli's monogrammed vest here:


    You can also see Alyx wearing Eli's Harvard shirt here:


    Seems a bit in poor taste to wear your    dead    father's clothing, but that's Alyx for ya!
    I don't think it's in bad taste

    No different to wearing a piece of jewellery or using a weapon of a dead loved one


    symbolises continued protection/warmth/etc
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  23. Post #23
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    I don't think it's in bad taste

    No different to wearing a piece of jewellery or using a weapon of a dead loved one
    Well, if I were Eli's progeny, I'd choose to keep his prosthetic leg. Seems like it would make for a pretty useful and badass melee weapon to me.
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    The artwork appears to be in the same style of Andrea Wicklund who has worked at Valve since 2006. This fits with the circa-2008 dating of this art, so it's likely her work:


    If you're looking for blatant Half-Life references (besides the obvious Advisor), you can see Alyx is wearing Eli's monogrammed vest here:


    You can also see Alyx wearing Eli's Harvard shirt here:


    Seems a bit in poor taste to wear your    dead    father's clothing, but that's Alyx for ya!
    Hats confirmed for EP3
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    Well, if I were Eli's progeny, I'd choose to keep his prosthetic leg. Seems like it would make for a pretty useful and badass melee weapon to me.
    I will pay money to see this implemented in HL3
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    yeah guys episode 3 was never on development



    well guess what!
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    I don't think it's in bad taste

    No different to wearing a piece of jewellery or using a weapon of a dead loved one


    symbolises continued protection/warmth/etc
    I dunno, jewellry and other small objects are somewhat common to pass down. Regular clothing, not so much. If they stick with the idea it'll probably be better implemented, but right now I can't get the image of "Alyx looting her father's fresh corpse for goodies right before jumping into the helicopter" out of my head.

    hallucinogenic/mind-altering combine attacks?


    neat
    Maybe, but I could see it becoming annoying fast, especially in replays. But TF2 taught them plenty about the hate deteriorating weapons attract, so I don't think they're stupid enough to repeat the mistake.

    Of course, knowing Valve, none of this concept stuff might have made it into the current iteration of the game.

    Edited:

    yeah guys episode 3 was never on development



    well guess what!
    Only idiots say that. There's no reason for Valve to abandon their flagship, and everyone remotely in touch with the community knows the shorter development cycles of the episodic content didn't comply with their dev style.
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  28. Post #28
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    These fantastic images have been sent in by an anonymous visitor to the site from an unknown source. Despite that, we have no reason to believe they aren't real.
    I don't see why they would be real.
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    That silky monsters makes me think of the Source-engine swarm demo.

  30. Post #30
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    Most of those images don't even seem Half-life related, if it wasn't for a few subtle references there wouldn't really be anything to link them together, the ones like the Helicopter and Xen fit though obviously.
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    I don't see why they would be real.
    Similiar style to previous Valve concept arts.
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    I don't see why they would be real.
    They just look valve-ish. They're pretty much the same style as the concept arts in Raising the Bar
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    I'm expecting Headcrab Zombies to look like something out of The Thing.
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  34. Post #34
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    I don't see why they would be real.
    spuf mods confirmed it






    http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=2770048
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  35. Post #35
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    spuf mod confirmed it

    Why would a moderator know?
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  36. Post #36
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    spuf mod confirmed it

    SPUF volunteer mods aren't Valve employees, he can't know for sure.
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  37. Post #37
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    Didn't Gabe say that there wont be any goddamn episodic content.
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    To be honest, the concept art looks a lot like Valve's previous sketches for other games like L4D2. I think it could be real. The thing is, it's said to be from 2008 so who knows if anything from these images was used in development.

    That being said, I like the idea of Gordon wearing snow coat over his HEV suit.
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    Why would a moderator know?
    why would he confirm it if he didn't know?

    i doubt a moderator would confirm something like this just to mess with people.
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  40. Post #40
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    Didn't Gabe say that there wont be any goddamn episodic content.
    No. This has been said too many times, so I will give the short version. Gabe talked about release cycles, and compared the episodic model to the even shorter release cycles that we see in TF2. Besides, it being called episode three has no relevance to its distribution method or length of the game at this point, and is only a matter of continuity.
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