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HL:A has literally retconned the HL2: E2's original ending to creating a alternative timeline.
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While they are not shown outside the Combine Citadel, chatter among resistance fighters in-game show they are aware of stalkers and their risk of becoming one for their actions.
 
While they are not shown outside the Combine Citadel, chatter among resistance fighters in-game show they are aware of stalkers and their risk of becoming one for their actions.
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== Future ==
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== Future [in Virtual reality] ==
    
[[File:400MillionDead.jpg|right|thumb|Delays are serious business]]
 
[[File:400MillionDead.jpg|right|thumb|Delays are serious business]]
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<i>Half life 2: Episode 3</i>'s development has been widely known and discussed since 2006.  Originally intended for a tentative release for Christmas of 2007, the game is still supposedly in development with very few known details.  Leaks and rumors hint at several complete reworks of the plot and game design, with one iteration (allegedly in development from 2013 to 2015) hinging heavily on transhumanist themes and prosthetics.<ref name="hl3-posthuman">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVeScN7l3pg An Unconfirmed Half-Life 3 Story Leak], Tyler McVicker, <i>Valve News Network</i> on YouTube, December 24, 2018</ref>
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<i>Half life 2: Episode 3</i>'s development has been widely known and discussed since 2006.  Originally intended for a tentative release for Christmas of 2007, the game was still supposedly in development with very few known details, until March 2020, that the final (and now never existed) vaporware episode, that it was already canceled as the two employees told it was scope creep, where the episode was canceled quickly.  Leaks and rumors hint at several complete reworks of the plot and game design, with one iteration (allegedly in development from 2013 to 2015) hinging heavily on transhumanist themes and prosthetics.<ref name="hl3-posthuman">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVeScN7l3pg An Unconfirmed Half-Life 3 Story Leak], Tyler McVicker, <i>Valve News Network</i> on YouTube, December 24, 2018</ref>
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<i>Black Mesa</i>, A fan remake/reimagining of the original <i>Half-Life</i> in the Source engine, was originally released as a mod before transitioning to a commercial game in its own right with the support of Valve Software.  Later stages, set in the (reimagined) Xen borderworld, is now mostly complete with the final maps that are still in the late stages.
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<i>Black Mesa</i>, A fan remake/reimagining of the original <i>Half-Life</i> in the Source engine, was originally released as a mod before transitioning to a commercial game in its own right with the support of Valve Software.  Later stages, set in the (reimagined) Xen borderworld, is now complete with the final maps that are still in the late stages in mid-late 2019. In March 6, 2020, is where the full complete version of the mod as finally release to fans for play.
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In August 2017, series writer Marc Laidlaw posted a possible script for Episode 3 with swapped character names and genders to his personal blog.<ref>[http://www.marclaidlaw.com/epistle-3/ Epistle 3], Marc Laidlaw, August 2017</ref><ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urza2sbU68Q Half-Life 2: Episode 3's Story Released By Marc Laidlaw], Valve News Network, August 24, 2017</ref>  The story represents "The Disparate's" overwhelming [[Kardashev scale|technological superiority]] with a [[Dyson sphere]], and a character re-instantiated from [[Mind_uploading#Backup|personality backup]].
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In August 2017, series writer Marc Laidlaw posted a possible early script for Episode 3 with swapped character names and genders to his personal blog.<ref>[http://www.marclaidlaw.com/epistle-3/ Epistle 3], Marc Laidlaw, August 2017</ref><ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urza2sbU68Q Half-Life 2: Episode 3's Story Released By Marc Laidlaw], Valve News Network, August 24, 2017</ref>  The story represents "The Disparate's" overwhelming [[Kardashev scale|technological superiority]] with a [[Dyson sphere]], and a character re-instantiated from [[Mind_uploading#Backup|personality backup]].
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Recent updates to several Valve games and their associated Software Development Kits have contained references to an apparently separate <i>Half Life</i> VR title, rumored to be a prequel to <i>Half Life 2</i>.<ref name="hlvr-1">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBFnoVr0_ck Half-Life: VR Story Leaks], Tyler McVicker, <i>Valve News Network</i> on YouTube, November 10, 2018</ref>  This was confirmed with the November 2019 announcement of <i>Half Life: Alyx</i>, a [[virtual reality]]-only entry in the series slated for release in March of 2020.<ref name="hl-alyx-1">[https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/nov/19/new-half-life-sequel-vr-exclusive-htc-vive-headset New Half-Life sequel to be VR exclusive], Keith Stuart, <i>The Guardian</i>, November 27, 2019</ref>
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Recent updates to several Valve games and their associated Software Development Kits have contained references to an apparently separate <i>Half Life</i> VR title, rumored to be a prequel to <i>Half Life 2</i>.<ref name="hlvr-1">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBFnoVr0_ck Half-Life: VR Story Leaks], Tyler McVicker, <i>Valve News Network</i> on YouTube, November 10, 2018</ref>  This was confirmed with the November 2019 announcement of <i>Half Life: Alyx</i>, a [[virtual reality]]-only main entry in the series slated for release in March 23, 2020.<ref name="hl-alyx-1">[https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/nov/19/new-half-life-sequel-vr-exclusive-htc-vive-headset New Half-Life sequel to be VR exclusive], Keith Stuart, <i>The Guardian</i>, November 27, 2019</ref>
    
== Media ==
 
== Media ==

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