If you’re after further proof of just how dead the Half-Life series is, ex-Valve writer Marc Laidlaw has posted the entire plotline of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 on his blog. Finally, some closure to the whole sorry mess. In order to skirt around legal issues, Laidlaw has decided to change the names of the characters somewhat, although it’s pretty damn obvious who Gertie Fremont and Elly Vaunt are.
His site’s currently down so we’ll have to rely on reposts for now, but here is the plot of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 in all its glory. This is how the Half-Life saga finally ends.
This pastebin post is probably your best bet for reading it as it switches all the names out for the correct ones.
It’s quite a large read, so if you’re after a quick summation it goes thus:
Eli Vance is buried at the beginning of the episode. The resistance regroup, including Freeman and Alyx Vance, make their way to coordinates in the Antarctic transmitted by Eli’s assistant, Dr. Judith Mossman. The coordinates marked the location of the lost luxury liner Borealis. Eli always wanted the Borealis to be destroyed rather than fall into the hands of the Combine, yet other members of the resistance believed it could be the key to success.
Gordan and Alyx fly a seaplane to the Antarctic but are shot down. They trek their way to a secret Combine base surrounded by ice. The Borealis is here, fading in and out of view, existing between dimensional planes. It stretches across both time and space, constantly warping for those on board, showing the Seven Hour War, glimpses of the future, the past, and even the Combine homeworld.
Alyx and Dr. Mossman fight over what to do with the Borealis, Alyx eventually shooting Dr. Mossman dead. Alyx’s plan is to use the Borealis as one final weapon to suicide blast into the Combine. The G-Man unexpecting shows up and saves Alyx before impact though, leaving Gordon for dead. At the last moment, the Vortigaunts arrive and rescue Freeman, eventually leaving him in the normal timeline, yet many years in the future. He recognises few people and the resistance struggle still continues.
And that is that. It provides an interesting glimpse at what might have been, both for Episode 3 and the plans in store for Half-Life 3. At this point any hopes of a sequel have drifted up into the Antarctic sky, never to be seen again. Goodnight, Gordon.