Valve Files For Half-Life 3 Trademark in Europe; France Surrenders


UPDATE: Turns out that this filing was a fake after all. See more info in this post.


Breaking Bad is over, the U.S. Government is on hiatus, and everyone is now eligible for affordable health care, but none of that matters when Half-Life 3 is on the brain.

Yes, the biggest piece of vaporware this side of Duke Nukem Forever and Project Titan is back in the news. Found by the intrepid folks over on NeoGAF, Valve recently filed for a trademark on Half-Life 3 across the pond, filing the appropriate paperwork with the European Union. The paperwork was filed on September 29th with the EU’s OHIM office, and the trademark covers Half-Life 3 under two classifications: one for “Computer games software; Electronic game software; Downloadable game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software,” and another for “Provision of on-line entertainment; provision of computer and video games and computer and video game programmes from a computer database or via the Internet.”

The trademark news comes only days after Valve completed a week of non-game announcements. SteamOS is rapidly approaching, as is a bevy of hardware designed to take Steam into the living room, and a new controller is on the way, too.

Does this mean Half-Life 3 is right around the corner? Not necessarily, but at least we know Valve is thinking about the game, if not deep in the development cycle.

The main trademark paperwork is below, and you can check out the rest of it over on NeoGAF.

 

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3 Comments on Valve Files For Half-Life 3 Trademark in Europe; France Surrenders

Huntsman06

On October 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

If this is true, although I have my doubts, it would make sense for Valve to make all three of their big/planned announcements and then surprise us with a 4th unexpectedly.

gasmaskangel

On October 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm

If there is any announcement I’m betting it will probably be around the time the Steambox goes into beta.

psycros

On October 2, 2013 at 8:36 am

“..everyone is now eligible for affordable health care.” Obamacare is about the farthest thing from affordable you can get. Punishing companies for supplying decent insurance to their employees is NOT good policy unless you’re of the Vladimir Lenin school of economics.