Grand Theft Auto V In October; Half Life 3 at E3?
E3 2012 is right around the corner, and the rumor ship is moving at warp speeds.
Many believe Grand Theft Auto V could be further unveiled with another trailer at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The timing makes sense, as it has already been several months since the first trailer was released. Rockstar has no booth at this year's expo, which is typical Rockstar, but it's not impossible they would independently release their trailer around the same time, or even have parent company THQ showcase it in their absence. GTA V is Rockstar's next released game, as Max Payne 3 was released on consoles earlier in May. One thing for certain, we should get more information about the game sooner than later.
The release date for the next GTA game is something that's been widely debated, but new information, including the delayed release of Ken Levine's Bioshock Infinite, has analysts thinking the game could be in our impatient hands as soon as next October. That would of course be fantastic, and would allow us to run over hookers through the holidays, which, in my book, makes for the best kind of holiday season. At the very least, a majority of analysts agree that the release could be no later than Q1 2013, in the worst case scenario.
Even though George thinks I'm insane, I have not lost hope of seeing Half-Life 3 announced at this year's E3. There's no smoke without a fire, and multiple clues keep appearing online about an imminent HL3 announcement/release. Of course, there's the fact that Gabe Newell "confirmed" there would be no new game announcement this year, but Gabe has been known to troll his fanbase before. Gabe's email reply read like this:
"We are not announcing anything at E3. Really. We are not announcing Half-Life 3 or Portal 3 or Left 4 Dead 3. We are going to be showing stuff everyone already knows about (CS:Go, Dota 2, 10' UI, ...)"
Chances are slim, but the timing makes too much sense to be ignored. Episode 2 was released more than 5 years ago, and Valve doesn't have much else going on that we know of, other than Counter-Strike: GO, which is being developed by Hidden Path Entertainment, and Dota 2. There's also the matter of the "huge top secret game reveal" no one expects to hear about teased by G4TV's Geoff Keighley. Could it be Half-Life 3? What else could it be, really?