Half-Life 3 text files found in Dota 2 code, time for the conspiracy theorists to start work again | PCGamesN

Half-Life 3 text files found in Dota 2 code, time for the conspiracy theorists to start work again

Half-Life 2

SteamDB has unearthed a new text file in a recent update to Dota 2. The file is labelled as ‘hl3.txt’ and includes mentions of ziplines, squads, citizens, NPCs, and VR - things not associated with Dota 2 in the slightest.

There’s no way Half-Life 3 is coming out this year, so why not play one of the best games of 2015 that have actually been released instead? 

Clearly this absolutely, definitely, without-a-doubt confirms the existence of Half-Life 3, and we can all stop sacrificing goats to Valve. 

The files, which can be seen at SteamDB, include the notes:


“npc.quest/citizen” “If you want your citizens to squad with the player but not obey commands the player gives to move the squad, put a concept here and this citizen will speak the concept instead of obeying the order.”

“vrchaperone” and “vrmovement”


Ziplines are pretty common these days in FPS games, and citizens formed a large part of Half-Life 2’s cast. That ceiling turret seems noteworthy too, not just since turrets are guns and Half-Life is a shooter, but pulse guns were a staple in the Combine’s arsenal. 

Now remember before you start going wild and host a lavish Half-Life 3-themed banquet: this isn’t proof. We have no idea what any of this means, and likely won’t anytime soon. It could be anything from a mistake to a hoax, so keep yourself calm. For all we know, VR and ziplines are coming to Dota 2. 

Thanks, VG247.

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Flappers Avatar
2 Years ago

Games that run on the source engine often use the process "hl2.exe" even if it's not Half Life 2.

This hl3.txt is hardly confirmation of Half Life 3, sure it's a nice conspiracy, and I have absolutely no doubt that Valve are working on Half Life 3... but the release of this text file just uses the same naming convention used for source engine games.

For example:

“vrchaperone” and “vrmovement”

Virtual Reality Movement and Chaperone.

It was already confirmed by a writer at Valve that Half Life 3 will not be a VR game (just google 'half life 3 no vr') - but what we do know is that Portal will be available for VR. Portal is also a source game.

There's lot's of suggestions to both for this being related to HL3. But let's be honest, this is Valve. They wouldn't "accidentally" put half life 3 files in the DOTA client - the two games are completely separate.

QDP2 Avatar
2 Years ago

Honestly, I was at EGX Birmingham in the hall when the Chet said that HL3 wasn't going to be a VR game, it didn't feel like a serious or legitimate statement at all. It was at the end of valve's speach on the Future of VR, when someone asked if HL3 would come to VR and (at the same time) about the posibility of a wireless headset. Chet skipped straight to the latter question and talked about bandwidth limitations instead. Once the person asked the first question again Chet got annoyed and just said no.

Not really confirmation, more of a 'next question!' statement.

Also, hl2.exe was because that was the first game to be released on the engine, keeping the .exe file name just made it easier for Valve to package. Now they have a whole new engine, why add a .txt file? Can only be for the comedy behind here, all the hoax and conspiracy theories.

Esivo Avatar
2 Years ago

This article was posted today. Today is 12/10/2015, 12 + 10 = 22 + 2015 = 2037 / 679 = 3

Half-Life 3 confirmed.