Many Half-Life fans have speculated – are the Gearbox expansions canon, or are they non-canon? Sure, some elements are part of the established continuum, like Black Mesa’s destruction, but what about the rest? At the very least, elements from the Gearbox expansions that do not contradict or convolute the overall plot can very well be used as “flavor material” by the fans.
But what if we’ve been looking the wrong way all along? What if the canonicity of a different Half-Life title is up in the air? Read on!
Yes, not only has Eli been dead since 1998 (those Advisors at the end of Episode Two must have missed the memo), but this proves, once and for all, that Half-Life 2 is non-canon. End of story. We are forever indebted to Marphy Black for this discovery.
Okay, okay, in all seriousness, yes, it is just a joke (and a hilarious one at that), and the door in question is scripted to open when Eli dies in the event that one of the headcrabs gets out of the generators and goes on an eating binge. But it is a pretty awesome trick. Sadly, I’m certain its discovery will push the next Half-Life’s release date back another 36 years.