How hard is it for Valve to simply say "we currently have no plans to continue this frachise"? Than all this can end mercifully, for the love of god just end this already.
I want a conclusion to episode 2 as much as anyone, but by Valve stringing along so many diehard fans is pretty messed up. Way more messed up than not making a new game at all in my opinion.
If they prefer looking at sales figures grow on spreadsheets than great! Good for them! I'm happy they are so successful with Steam, but please Valve please have some decency and provide some fucking closure.