[UPDATE 3: Believe it or not, there's more. Gamescom organizers told Joystiq this: "We can not officially announce it. Please check our list for further changes. Please see the legend for information about the sources."
At this point, all I know is this: over the next couple of days, I will definitely be keeping an open mind, as well as my ears open.]
[UPDATE 2: Valve has stated to CVG that they will not be showing any games at Cologne this year, and the Half-Life 3 listing has been removed from the PDF document in question.]
[UPDATE: I have made a second call to the Gamescom public info line. I was explicitly informed by one of the managers, that Valve were the ones who asked that HL3 be placed on the list; but that apparently, "just a few minutes ago", Valve requested that HL3 be removed from that list.
Meanwhile, Eurogamer reports that they were notified by Gamescom representatives, that HL3 and Dragon Age 3 appearing on the listing was "a mistake". Gamescom reps denied comment on how and why the mistake was made, which is pretty strange.
The situation is murky, but it is still developing; don't get your hopes up just yet.]
Yes, this truly is the month when everything happened. Read on to find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes.
This tip comes to us from one of our readers, Hesam, and it’s a big one. On the official Gamescom website, in the Press section, there is a PDF list of new games and products set to be showcased at Gamescom 2012.
This is an official Gamescom document, and while there are a few grammatical errors, I can absolutely assure you that this list is real.
The sixth-to-last game on that list, on the very last page, is “Half-Life 3“. This is an image of that PDF list, showing the Half-Life 3 entry, along with a few others from that same page:
In case that’s not enough, I just got off the official Gamescom information phone line. I talked to a Gamescom representative who confirmed to me that each and every game on that list will be showcased at Gamescom 2012, and that the list itself is entirely legitimate. I didn’t ask about Half-Life 3, but you’re free to pick up the phone if you like.
Gamescom 2012 begins tomorrow, and ends 4 days later, on the 19th.
Once more, thanks to Hesam for the tip! Thanks to Foxholeboy, Surf and my great colleague Mimaz, for assistance and support.