Valve trademarks Half-Life 3
Posted: 01.10.2013 23:38 by Comments: 18
Valve knows how to stir up trouble, don't they? NeoGAF is reporting that the studio has filed a trademark for Half-Life 3 with Europe's Office For Harmonization In The Internal Market for "computer game software, electronic game software, downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices, and videogame software." The trademark was filed a mere 2 days ago.

Stay tuned and let us know if you think Valve has finally learned to count to three.

Source: NeoGAF
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By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Oct 02, 2013
Or they learned to count in billions it costs to have a fight over websites taking the names you want before you... ;)
But, it bodes well for at least this centuary to see HalfLife3... What else to sell the new Valve boxes with?
By noobst3R (SI Core) on Oct 02, 2013
I doubt it. Two guys at Valve probably came up with this at the watercooler, to get a laugh out of it.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Oct 03, 2013
LOL, well that could be as close to the truth as well :)
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Oct 03, 2013
Yea, they're probably just trolling us by this point :).

Honestly I don't even care that much anymore, similar to what happened with my interest in Duke Nukem Forever over the years, it would take a brilliant game to win me back.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Oct 03, 2013
Even if they did make it,it`d probably a new Duke Nukem Forever,the hype would kill it no matter what,it`s better they never bother.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Oct 03, 2013
Well, I'm a bit interested still. What would Halflife 3 look like if it is released within a year to continue to be held as a great game?
I mean between HL and HL2 the actual gameplay didn't change that much. The setting, graphics and the story and characters are the defining elements. Some new toys etc are what we get.
Would a new mechanic need to be in place to make the game stand out? Can anyone actually play a HL3 game that is cover based?

So, I'm interested but I'm not keeping my breath...
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Oct 03, 2013
Cover based Half Life is not Half Life anymore. I doubt it could happen but if it does I'm staying far away, in that case I'll just check out the story in one of the youtube playthroughs.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Oct 03, 2013
Might be nice not to lose trademark right? That's kindof all this has to mean.

That said they probably have a team working on it.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Oct 03, 2013
Do you know how much it costs to register a trademark like that? Valve would be throwing money away if they weren't serious.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Oct 03, 2013
Like I said, probably have a team working on it. All that means is probably before 2020
By Ishikawa (SI Newbie) on Oct 04, 2013
By JustCommunication (SI Core) on Oct 04, 2013
To be honest, if there's one thing consoles have taught us is that first-party software is key for a platform to be competitive. Whether they're trying to directly compete or not, Valve are creating a platform, and I for one think they may be smart enough to realise that Half-Life 3 would sell Steam Machines like gangbusters. Hell, perhaps even a Left4Dead 3 would be enough, but if the Steam Machines don't ship with some kind of exclusive game, I'll be surprised.
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Oct 04, 2013
If HL3, or HL2 Ep3 (haha) were to be actually announced and scheduled a release date I'd be keen, but I'd keep my expectations cool. Honestly, if they kept up the quality of HL2 and Eps 1&2 I'd be fine with that.

I'd like to see a step up in engine and scenario, but I'm not going to cry myself to sleep if I don't get it.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Oct 04, 2013
It's been so long I can't be arsed to care you know. HL2 was a pretty damn good shooter, but not worth 5 years to see the end of. Valve abandoned their episodic content without finishing it.

That said even if I'm not that interested, I'm sure that putting this up as a launch day title for SteamOS or even a bit later down the line can and will result in a boost for the system.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Oct 04, 2013
That theory about HL3 being used to sell Steambox makes perfect sense, they did exactly the same thing with the Orange Box to popularize Steam.
By JustCommunication (SI Core) on Oct 07, 2013
Looks like it might be a hoax, actually:

Shame. But still, I'd be surprised if Valve isn't working on something to ship with the Steam Machine.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Oct 07, 2013
Ah well, easy come easy go :).
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Oct 09, 2013
Still, HL3 and Left4Dead 3 and Portal 3 for PC and STEAM box exclusivity would make for one heckuva statement!