Half-Life 3 trademarked

Valve remembers the number 3, for once.

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Valve remembers the number 3, for once.

ArsTechnica has discovered a European trademark for Half-Life 3. A proper follow-up to the Half-Life series has been long-awaited by fans, but a voice actor on the series most recently claimed it was no longer in development.

Trademarks aren't necessarily indicative of products that are coming out. They could simply be protecting the name. Internet sleuth Superannuation also points out that Valve actually never trademarked "Half-Life 2," a game that clearly exists. The highly-secretive company could simply be "trolling" fans, a follow-up tweet posits.

Sadly, that wouldn't surprise us much either.

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    October 1, 2013 12:15 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Half-Life 3 trademarked.

    Valve remembers the number 3, for once.

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      October 1, 2013 12:17 PM

      trigger rig ordered

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      October 1, 2013 12:18 PM

      I came

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      October 1, 2013 12:23 PM

      So...Half-Life 3 confirmed?

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      October 1, 2013 12:28 PM

      "but a voice actor on the series most recently claimed it was no longer in development."

      Not in development currently =/= no longer in development.

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        October 1, 2013 12:35 PM

        No longer in development == ITS FUCKING DONE YO

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        October 1, 2013 1:06 PM

        I love that the shack linked to their own embarrassing rumor mill news post.

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        October 1, 2013 2:17 PM

        That's because Valve digitally can replicate all the character voices based on a database so they don't need voice actors. Ever.

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      October 1, 2013 12:31 PM

      !

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        October 1, 2013 2:02 PM

        haha the idle thumbs haven't been very interesting but this one bit was awesome, it reminded me of the idle thumbs glory days.

        I'm talking like they've George Lucas'd the podcast but I think that it's just me that got a bit bored of gaming podcasts and news in general.


        But this controller/half-life thing was fucking great!

        Genuine laughs out loud, almost on the floor.

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          October 1, 2013 2:03 PM

          would laugh again, and indeed thanks yo you Schnapple, I have :D :D :D

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        October 1, 2013 2:08 PM

        That was hiarlious. Love the Thumbs. <3

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        October 1, 2013 2:35 PM

        HL3 portal 2 easter egg lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7EUmizPr4Y

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      October 1, 2013 12:35 PM

      not in development because it's done??????

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      October 1, 2013 12:44 PM

      It was NeoGAF that discovered this.

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      October 1, 2013 12:51 PM

      Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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      October 1, 2013 12:52 PM

      Yeah... not getting excited till something of actual substance comes out. We've been here before.

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      October 1, 2013 12:55 PM

      Toyota renewed the Supra trademark in 2010, after having let it lapse in 2006. There hasn't been a new Supra yet... but there's the Toyota-BMW collaboration under way to build a sports car, allegedly on the 6-series platform, maybe with an inline 6 hybrid powertrain...

      Companies renew trademarks to keep their options open. I don't imagine we'll hear anything announced for the next 2 to 4 years, but this being a patent office filing, Valve had to know it wouldn't escape public scrutiny.

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      October 1, 2013 1:05 PM

      1. FCUK EYAHHHHf!!!!!!111111 SO HARD RIGHT NOW

      2. Why did they wait so long to trademark it?

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        October 1, 2013 1:31 PM

        Yeah, Valve should have trademarked this three milliseconds after Half-Life had gone gold. Might as well cover more than one sequel to Half-Life while you're at it.

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      October 1, 2013 1:19 PM

      Maybe they trademarked it in order to curb and kill the rumor mongered photoshops that frequent the internet?

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      October 1, 2013 1:27 PM

      Gaben is toying with us, I'm sure

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      October 1, 2013 2:04 PM

      well if there's one piece of software that's going to get people to care about SteamOS...

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      October 1, 2013 2:12 PM

      Left 4 Dead series to be renamed Half-Life, upcoming Left 4 Dead game will debut as Half-Life 3.

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      October 1, 2013 2:19 PM

      Gabe is going to hold it hostage and force the internet to shut down.

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      October 1, 2013 2:20 PM

      They don't appear to have a USPTO trademark registered (or at least I couldn't find one). The do have a US trademark for DOTA3 though.

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      October 1, 2013 2:28 PM

      probably not even necessary move to do this, since any other company making a "Half-Life 3" would cause confusion and would be an easy win in federal court for Valve

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      October 1, 2013 2:51 PM

      HL2 was the "killer app" for Steam adoption.
      HL3 will be the "killer app" for SteamOS, SteamBox, etc.

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      October 1, 2013 5:14 PM

      It's not April, so I'm convinced that mr Yoon just pulled the biggest troll on the internet

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      October 2, 2013 2:51 AM

      http://imgur.com/BTAyYhh

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      October 3, 2013 4:48 AM

      hl3 confirmed.

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