Half-Life 3 Trademark Filed, Global Pandemonium Ensues
OMG! OMG! OMG! It’s yet another Half-Life 3 rumour to get disappointed over. This one is a little more direct though rather than the usual obtuse leaps in logic. A trademark for “Half-Life 3” has been filed on the Trade Marks and Designs Registrations Office of the European Union website.
The filing was spotted by NeoGAF poster Shinobi602 and you can view it below. Surprisingly, it is not a fake. You can hit up the official site and enter 012180394 to view the document.
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The trademark is classified under “Computer game software; Electronic game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software” and “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.”
Given the trifecta of announcements last week of a Steam Controller, Steam OS and Steam Machines perhaps now is the time for the world to finally see Half-Life 3. It would certainly be the launch title to end all launch titles for Valve’s Steam Machines.
However, companies are always filing trademarks and patents as a means of future-proofing and looking ahead. Hell, Microsoft owns the domain to “Xbone.com” simply so that it cannot be sued by others.
It’s still just a rumour, just all those that came before it. Make of it what you will. I’m not buying it until I see Gabe Newell get up on a stage and announce the game himself. That or drop dead. That would be pretty funny.