Former Valve level designer and programmer Matt T. Wood teased “an old shirt” on Twitter. The shirt happens to have the logo for Half-Life 3 that has popped up a few times over the years but never so bluntly. What makes this so interesting is who is sharing the photo as well as the quality of the photo.
The shirt first appeared on the web in 2011 when Twitter user @Ekanaut posted: “All I’m saying is I saw this at a local game developer event worn by a Valve employee. http://twitpic.com/7mxh6r #HalfLife3 #ValveTrolling”. The picture could have easily been faked but buzz spread regardless. Fast forward to 2012 where Valve’s new employee handbook sported the exact same shirt. Later in 2012 another HL3 shirt was spotted being worn by Valve employee Jeremy Bennett at San Diego Comic Con.
Matt T. Wood joined Valve in 2003 to work on Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life 2 as a level and game designer, and gameplay programmer. Half-Life 2, Half-Life: Episode One, Half-Life: Episode Two, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Alien Swarm, and Portal 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. In 2019 he left Valve after 19 years to form his own game development studio named Double Dagger Studio. The studio is currently working on their first game; titled “Little Kitty, Big City”.
At this point, it’s very clear the shirt is real and Valve were either under development with Half-Life 3 trolling the internet, or perhaps both. What do you think?