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Half Life Episode 3 Referenced in DotA 2 Code Leak

Possible Coding Reveals Weapons in Episode 3 of Half Life 2

By Nick Schneider on 9/20/2011
With Defense of The Ancients 2 in beta phase, and the deluge of unfortunate leaks as of late, it was only a matter of time until a tester cracked the coding on Valve's upcoming fantasy strategy title.  The code, which was released by a Vietnamese tester, not only includes the heart of the game itself, but also includes several interesting lines that contain the "ep3" abbreviation:
  • /src/game/server/ep3/weapon_icegun.cpp
  • /src/game/server/ep3/weaponizer_concrete.cpp 
  • /src/game/server/ep3/weaponizer_liquid.cpp
  • /src/game/server/ep3/weaponizer_metal.cpp
  • /src/game/server/ep3/weapon_flamethrower.cpp
The two weapons that seem to have been revealed are a flamethrower and an ice gun.  If the coding is in fact for Half Life 2 Episode 3, then these two additions will nicely complement Gordon Freeman's already expansive arsenal.  It would be easy to say to say that this is a hint that Half Life Ep 3  is on the way, or at least in the works (given Valve's pure disregard for the entire franchise as of late, we were beginning to wonder).

At this point, any news, even if pure speculation, is exciting.  We'll have to wait and see if Valve responds to the waves of anticipation that are currently emanating throughout the web in response to the leak.  Perhaps if they were slightly more forthcoming about the development process, fans wouldn't have to clamor over C++ file names just to get their fix.
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RoXdis on October 10, 2011
hhh i need to finish half life 2 i tried once but the game got to hard at some point..
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CodyWix on September 26, 2011
I hope that the gameplay still feels the same.
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GigaHertzzz on September 23, 2011
Can't really wait for it! I need to fast forward time! LOL
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quantifier on September 22, 2011
DOTA 2 is FINALLY in Beta!!?!?! *ahem* I mean, sweeeeeeeet Half-Life 3. I do like both games, I'm stoked both about Dota being in the hands of Valve and also about Valve getting back into our man Gordon.
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Sawbones12 on September 22, 2011
Extremely excited for Episode 3, of course, but I'd say let's not get too worked up in case this ends up being like the time we found EP3 stuff in the Alien Swarm SDK.
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DragonSlayer on September 22, 2011
nice game
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jeffmar on September 22, 2011
Half-life is awesome!Can't wait for this :')
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Shakaku on September 21, 2011
nice job keepin us waiting, but we forgive you now valve!! :D
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Dualsmg14 on September 21, 2011
About damn time...
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