Valve Trademarks Half Life 3
Fans celebrate after six years of waiting for the final installment
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 22:10
I’m of the firm opinion that Valve is about to completely destroy Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Less than a week ago, the corporation announced not only that they were developing their own Steam operating system, but also that it will run on their very own hardware, the Steam Box. The Steam Box, which will come in multiple models, will allow gamers to stream games that run via Steam to their TV. However, Tuesday afternoon, something happened that has already begun to shake the entire industry to its core: Valve trademarked “Half-Life 3.”
After over six years since the release of the previous Half-Life installment, we finally have the first bit of confirmation, past the occasional leaked piece of concept art that “Half-Life 3” is truly in development. For the first time, it almost seems safe to say that “Half-Life 3” has been confirmed.
“Half-Life 3” has been the gaming community’s most elusive piece of vaporware for years now, and for good reason. “Half-Life” was originally released in 1998 to tremendous critical acclaim, and six years later, “Half-Life 2” was released to even larger praise. The first-person-shooter/puzzle games are generally considered to be two of the finest games ever made, and more than groundbreaking.
Originally, “Half-Life 2” was supposed to receive an episodic sequel in three parts. After the release of Episode 2 in 2007, however, Valve went completely dark on the subject. There were no announcements about when the conclusion to the trilogy would be released, whether they were simply going to go ahead and begin work on Half-Life 3, or even recognition that there would be a sequel at all. It was disheartening for a lot of reasons, the least of which is that Episode 2 ends on a cliffhanger. For years now, the game has been the butt of one of gaming’s longest running jokes of “Half-Life 3 confirmed.” With this announcement, it seems like those days might be coming to a happy conclusion.
However, there still needs to be emphasis on the fact that a trademark is not an official announcement or confirmation. Though it’s certainly an exciting step, and sure to have most gamers foaming at the mouth, we need to restrain ourselves until Valve releases a statement. As I said earlier, this is something they’ve been notoriously quiet about in the past. However, the fact that they’re finally going somewhat public with this could mean an announcement is on its way any day now. I would suggest keeping your ear to the ground, but the uproar is going to be tremendous when Valve makes an official announcement. I don’t think anyone who’s ever laid eyes on a controller will be able to escape the message.
The trademark itself was filed on Sept. 29, via the Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union. It lists Valve Corporation as the owner, and describes the product as, “Computer game software; Electronic game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software.” There’s not a whole lot of room left for interpretation with something that thorough.
So get ready, folks, because in the coming weeks ahead, things are going to get a little crazy in the gaming community. Our Holy Grail is within sight.