Half-Life 3 is not confirmed. De-confirmed. What is confirmed, however, is that Valve won't have a presence at E3 this year.

When it comes to Valve and the real world, of course, people aren't focusing on Half-Life 3, because we've all kind of accepted that it's not coming. Much more real and closer on the horizon, though, is Valve's partnership with HTC and the duo's Vive VR headset – their answer to the Oculus Rift and Sony Morpheus. GamesBeat reports that some of its partners may have Vive units on hand for demonstrations, but that development kits haven't been out long enough for any developers to have content ready to show off on them.

The fact is that, at this point, Valve is big enough and entrenched enough that if they want to make an announcement, they can do it through Steam and ensure more people will see it there than any potential audience shows like E3 and Gamescom might reach. They might indeed show up at an E3 in the future, but it's not a necessity for them the way it might be for some other games and game developers.

We can keep wishing for Half-Life 3, Portal 3, Team Fortress 3, and Left 4 Dead 3, though. Doesn't hurt.