No Half-Life game this year, says the rumor mill

Those worrying that the Half-Life franchise has been.. ahem.. left for dead may not get those fears alleviated any time soon. “Loose Talk has learned that there won’t be any game from the franchise in 2010,” reads the rumor section of the February issue of GameInformer magazine, “and what will finally come out is still unknown. Will it be Half-Life 2: Episode Three? Or will it be a full-on Half-Life 3? If it’s the latter, we suspect that it might be a few years.”

Last we heard, Valve was researching sign language and how to possibly implement it into the final entry of the Episode trilogy. That was last August.

In case anyone’s wondering, it’s now been 27 months since the release of Episode Two.