Actress Ashley Johnson caused a stir with a misleading photo, tagging it as a Valve production still. Showing Alyx Vance’s voice actor (Merle Dandridge) in a motion-capture outfit, Johnson teased it as Half-Life 3 work.
However, the whole thing is nothing but a ruse.
Johnson, for her part, openly admitted the joke roughly four hours afterward, confirming that the motion capture photo came from Naughty Dog’s upcoming post apocalyptic title, and not from anything Valve is currently doing:
— Ashley Johnson (@TheVulcanSalute) September 27, 2012
That’s a bummer for Half-Life fans, although the situation didn’t go on long enough to hit every gaming news site.
Merle Dandridge’s only video game credit to her long career is Half-Life 2 and all its associated episodes, although she’s a well-established Broadway and TV actress. Her Wikipedia page lists Half-Life 2: Episode Three as a future “TBA” project.