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Valve trademarks Half-Life 3 in Europe

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Half-Life 3 is official(wait for it)ly trademarked in the European Union. NeoGAF users (via Polygon) spotted the registered trademark from Valve with the European Union's Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office, which was filed on Sept. 29.

The European registration filed through a Spanish representative is for " 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."

No equivalent trademark has appeared on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's online register.

This doesn't mean a Half-Life 3 announcement is pending, of course--it could just be Valve getting in on the mark early to ward off squatters. At the very least, it lends credence to the idea that the next Half-Life (the first since 2007's Half-Life 2: Episode 2) will drop the episodic nomenclature.

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10 comments

  • MasteroDisasta - October 2, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    Cue the falling onion rings from the sky and raucous singing of angels. . .
  • Talvari - October 1, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    I'm half hoping this game just kinda fades out of existence over the next few years and valve go for a new IP. No doubt it'll most likely be a good game if it does end up coming out, but it'll be overhyped and probably end up being underwhelming.
  • winner2 - October 1, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    This might be the funniest news since Henry's fart on the E3 podcast
  • tombskull - October 1, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    "I'm done waiting" I feel as though these guys think they arent allowed to play any other games while they wait? XD
  • brickman409 - October 1, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    Imagine if Valve just releases half life three without announcing it or saying anything. That would be interesting.
  • Frieza - October 1, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    I hope this happens.
  • larkan - October 1, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    It'll be funny when they announce this as a Steam Box launch title, and everyone goes "that's ok, we'll play it on our actual PCs"
  • Asmodean - October 1, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    Fuck off you bastards and make an announcement. At this point I don't care what the announcement is! just say something!
  • slimjim441 - October 1, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    Assholes. I'm done waiting around for Half-Life. I wasted the last seven years without hearing anything notable. I have no doubt that it will be the greatest shooter ever when/if it ever releases, but until then, I give no fucks, especially for shit like this.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - October 1, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    I was done waiting at 2 years in. Again, I've no doubt it'll be amazing, but I'm far more excited about Source 2.0 has to bring then Half Life 3 itself.

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