Valve Software may have kept the gaming world buzzing all throughout last week with its series of announcements related to intentions of making Steam more easily accessible and feature rich, with plans to bring the service ‘into the living room’ with SteamOS and proprietary Steam Machines, all controlled with an inventive new gamepad, the Steam Controller, but the company might already hold another secret waiting to be unleashed…
… or maybe not.
A trademark filing in Europe (Spain to be exact) for something called ‘Half-Life 3′ was uncovered recently, which once again sent The Internet at large into a spin of excitement, and while the filing at the very least confirms Valve’s intention to protect the name, it in no way confirms the existence or on-going development of Valve’s (very, very) long-awaited sequel. The iconic ‘lambda’ logo used for the Half-Life series was also registered earlier this year.
You can find the trademark yourself by visiting the official European trademark registrations page and searching for Half-Life 3.
While the trademark itself confirms nothing with regards to Half-Life 3, an internal Valve online software tool called ‘Valve’s User Picker’ temporarily became available to the public allowing anyone with access to search for Valve staff and which project or company group they might be found in. As seen at Gematsu, groups called ‘Half-Life 3′ and ‘Half-Life 3 Core’ have dozens of developers assigned to them.
Again, this doesn’t really mean a whole lot unless the groups in question are currently active and not referring to archived work. All we can do for now is hope and dream.
Are you still waiting for the release of Half-Life 3, or have you given up that hope?