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Your wrong, do your research Valve has hinted at the character making some kind of cameo later on. And the Gman didn't see him as equal to Freeman, he only saved him because he admired Sheppard. Also in Blue Shift, that is the Barney that is in HL2. You don't know what you're talking about. Is it likely that he won't show up again, yeah, but Valve has awknowledged that he exists in the Half-Life universe.
Shephard has not been seen in Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One or Half-Life 2: Episode Two but has, however, retained a large number of fans among players of the game. Gabe Newell has hinted that he may one day return. When asked by Eurogamer when that day will be, Doug Lombardi said that, although Valve has no secret Shephard project in the works at the moment, they would like to use Shephard again in the future. He added that Shephard had resonated well with players and with Valve when they heard the pitch for Opposing Force.
Some had thought that Shephard might be the protagonist for Valve's game Portal due to the main weapon, the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (ASHPD), bearing the initials A.S.H.P.D. - Adrian Shephard. However, Gabe Newell remarked that this was a 'total freak coincidence' and that Shephard would not appear in the game.
As Shephard witnesses Gordon Freeman's transportation to Xen, the player has the option to follow him through the teleporter before it collapses. However, if this happens, Shephard will find himself teleported to a location in Xen several meters away from Gordon and then fall through space. Doing so will produce the message: "Evaluation terminated: Subject attempted to create a temporal paradox."
Valve has said again and again that, while Shepherd may or may not be a cannon character, they don't plan on touching on anything OF. In other words, I think it was said along the lines of: if you think it's not cannon, it isn't. If you think it is, it is. We're not going to touch it. JUST because Valve may introduce Adrian at some point, doesn't mean that Race X and the government conspiracy is cannon. It just means that Shepherd is. Valve might say Shepherd is but they will NEVER say that Race X and the government conspiracy are. Sorry, TC.
I am certain Valve will use Shepard at one point or another. (I'd like to see him return as a villain in HL3 since I think in ep:3 Gman will lose control of Gordon) But as for the story of opposing force, besides the nuking of Black mesa the rest is not canon and will not be seen again.
The clouds pass... the rain does its work and all individual beings flow into their forms." The Book of Changes
Zondergrod posted... How the hell can Shepard be canon, but all his actions and everything he saw is not? That makes no logical, of even fantastical sense.
Easy. You simply rewrite Shepherd's history. It makes perfect sense. Shepherd is a great character. But the story behind him does not make sense. So, simply reintroduce Shepherd and denounce and rewrite his history.
He can still be a marine from black mesa. But Race X? Come on, Valve is never ever going to touch it.