Posted on October 7, 2013, Mike Sharkey Trolled: Half-Life 3 Trademark Filing a Fake
If it seemed odd that Valve would file a trademark for Half-Life 3 in Europe, that’s because they didn’t.
Last week, the ever watchful eyes of the Internet spotted the Half-Life 3 filing on the Trademarks and Design Registration Office of the European Union (OHIM) website. The filing was never officially authenticated, and as the folks over at Valve Time discovered, it has since been removed.
Chalk this one up as the latest in a long line of Half-Life 3 hoaxes.
But that doesn’t mean Valve isn’t actually working on Gordon Freeman’s next chapter. Valve’s Jira database, which the studio uses for project management and bug tracking, was temporarily accessible last week, and the Internet pounced. In the database, two Half-Life 3 dev teams are listed (along with the teams working on Left 4 Dead 3 and Source 2).