Valve Trademarks Half-Life 3 in Europe

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Valve Trademarks Half-Life 3 in Europe

Half-Life 3 trademark filing

The Half-Life 3 trademark filing in Europe may not mean anything - but maybe it does.

NeoGAF appears to be having some technical difficulties at the moment but before misfortune struck, it dug up the very interesting news that Valve has filed a trademark for "Half-Life 3" with the Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union. The filing was made on September 29 and covers "Computer game software; Electronic game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software."

Wow! So an official announcement of Half-Life 3 is surely just around the corner, right? Well, no. I mean, maybe, but not necessarily. Filing a trademark in and of itself doesn't mean anything except that the party making the filing wants to hold the trademark; on the other hand, as superannuation noted on Twitter, the theory that Valve filed the mark simply to protect the name doesn't really hold water because it already has a "Half-Life" trademark.

Where does that leave us? Rumor, innuendo, perhaps slightly more hopeful than yesterday and still completely in the dark. I think the great likelihood is that the wheels are turning - Valve doesn't do anything without a purpose, after all - but it's been ten years and an awful lot of disappointment since Half-Life 2. We'll update if and when we hear more but in the meantime, temper your optimism accordingly.

Source: Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, via NeoGAF

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Oh NeoGAF, your servers have taken a pounding today. First the Nintendo announcements, now Half-Life 3. No IT network should have to suffer that kind of abuse.

OT: Makes sense. If Valve want their whole SteamOS to take off, Half-Life 3 is their best bet. It's sort of what the series is now. When they wanted Steam to take off initially, they made Half-Life 2 Steam exclusive. When they wanted Team Fortress and Portal to sell, they bundled them with Episode 2, stuck the rest of Half-Life 2 in there and called it the Orange Box.

Half-Life is essentially Valve's way to make sure anything they want to sell sells. Nothing wrong with that, but more cynical posters than I could perhaps comment on Valve's tendency to revive Half-Life only when they have other software they want to push...

I guess that's my ignorance of Trademark law. I wouldn't have thought you'd have to trademark putting a 3 in your title, and why you wouldn't then just trade mark as soon as you start making it a series 1 -> X.

WAT.

It might be nothing, but... the HL fanboy in me is squeeing like a little girl.

NeoGAF went down pretty quick, their servers have probably melted through the floor by now.

OT: I would have been excited, maybe three years ago but there have been too many times where it just turned out to be nothing. I'll believe it when Valve makes an official announcement. I admit though, this does sound interesting.

We are already dealing with a goverment shutdown and GTA online! The internet will not take much more stress!

It's an intent-of-use trademark, so that means they have 6 months to publicly prove they're making the thing in question, with up to 5 extensions worth 6 months. So within three years we should see something from this.

In all likelihood...

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But on the off-chance it isn't, consider me cautiously hyped.

Ukomba:
I guess that's my ignorance of Trademark law. I wouldn't have thought you'd have to trademark putting a 3 in your title, and why you wouldn't then just trade mark as soon as you start making it a series 1 -> X.

It specifically states in Europe, so perhaps there is some strange rule that most people are not aware of? It does seem kind of odd considering Half Life has been around since 1998, you'd think they would have all of the necessary trademarks by now.

I am wondering if this means my suspicions are correct, and they are planning on releasing it as a launch title for their SteamBoxes. It would certainly explain why they have kept so quiet about it, and it would also be the perfect title to get peoples interest. Although I cannot see it being an exclusive for it. If it didn't at least get released on the PC for Windows there would be hell to pay.

Fuck it, i'll post this video anyways.

At this point I think people will take anything HL3 related as a sign it still lives, but i'm pretty sure this means nothing or valve is just renewing the name to keep ripoffs of the market.

Well, there we go. At least now we're certain they have the intention of someday releasing the damn thing.

And I have yet to finish Episode 1.
In other news, Hell appears to have frozen over.

I can't say that I'm too excited yet. There've been so many rumours and false indications over the years. Once there's substantial proof of active development I'll stock up on underwear.

I was out of breath when I saw the announcement. Now I feel well enough to survive till the official annoucement

Umm why does Neogaf accuse me of breaking their forums

So the prophecy is true! They can count to three!

Sun rose at a 49.2 degree angle
Gabe Newell brushes teeth 15 times
I took a giant dump at work today
The sea level increased by X inches this year
Valve Trademarks Half-Life 3

Half-Life 3 confirmed.

*sigh.*

...

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Valve, you sick bastards...!

...That is all.

Weeeeell I don't know. Now that the Portal creator is gone, can they still pull a self-coherent, complete game and not an unfinished mess slapped together, also known as HL2?

Okay I won't rant, sorry. I'm surprised they trademarked HL3 though. First, they already own Half-Life TM, so I see no reason for it. Second, nobody else thought of trademarking it?

Well let's be honest if they make HL3 SteamOS exclusive and launch both simultaneously that shit will hit the mother load of fans and then all the fans will buy up every damn SteamBox they can get... it's evil genius really.
That is how Steam took off in the first place, it would be quite fitting to continue that sneaky tradition.

And for once I'd actually prefer waiting to play the game.

Mr.K.:
Well let's be honest if they make HL3 SteamOS exclusive and launch both simultaneously that shit will hit the mother load of fans and then all the fans will buy up every damn SteamBox they can get... it's evil genius really.
That is how Steam took off in the first place, it would be quite fitting to continue that sneaky tradition.

And for once I'd actually prefer waiting to play the game.

except steamos will be a free download and can be installed on any rig.

Most likely they will give HL3 away free with steambox purchases.

Mr.K.:
Well let's be honest if they make HL3 SteamOS exclusive and launch both simultaneously that shit will hit the mother load of fans and then all the fans will buy up every damn SteamBox they can get... it's evil genius really.
That is how Steam took off in the first place, it would be quite fitting to continue that sneaky tradition.

And for once I'd actually prefer waiting to play the game.

Highly doubtful it would be a SteamOS exclusive. The OS is free and they won't be making money off Steam Machines (unless they do bring out their own, and then they wont be making much if they want it to compete with consoles), so there is no benefit for them to do this. Now a Steam + SteamOS exclusive on the other hand would make Steam Machines a more attractive prospect to console gamers and get them into the Steam ecosystem where Valve will get their hooks into them and make piles of money!

I am not letting myself feel an ounce of excitement or happiness at this news. The only HL3 news that would get me hyped would be an official announcement from valve. None of this guessing bullocks, no more freakin ARGs, just Gabe Newell on my computer screen, holding up a disc and saying "Half Life 3 is coming".

Does anyone else find it odd that it was not registered by Valve's Legal team, but by a 3rd party on behalf of Valve?

Baldr:
Does anyone else find it odd that it was not registered by Valve's Legal team, but by a 3rd party on behalf of Valve?

A 3rd party you say?

Oh they are such teases, they obviously did that on purpose.

Sgt. Sykes:
Weeeeell I don't know. Now that the Portal creator is gone, can they still pull a self-coherent, complete game and not an unfinished mess slapped together, also known as HL2?

Okay I won't rant, sorry. I'm surprised they trademarked HL3 though. First, they already own Half-Life TM, so I see no reason for it. Second, nobody else thought of trademarking it?

What does that mean? Half-Life 2 had a complete beginning, middle, and end. Are you referring to the levels they changed up or cut? Like every developer ever?

Honestly, I have no idea what this means. I understand if it wasn't for you, but calling it an unfinished mess is simply incorrect.

SupahGamuh:
WAT.

It might be nothing, but... the HL fanboy in me is squeeing like a little girl.

I'm past being excited anytime I read HL related news. It never turns out to be true, and until I hear something from Valve, I'll hold my squees.

Also, I wanted to post a reply video to yours, but I can't find it. I have horrible luck finding any particular Simpsons clip on Youtube - but it's the one where Barney is trying to stay sober because he's the designated driver. Music starts playing and Barney starts screaming, "NOT TONIGHT! NOT TONIGHT!" as Duffman busts into Moe's. So... yeah, picture that here.

I'm convinced Valve just likes trolling the fans by this point. Instead of actually just telling us anything, they'd rather let us imagine if the Schrodinger's Game that is Episode 3 actually does or does not exist.

The elders talk of a unknown form stirring in the Void of Unknowing yet again. They have seen such stirrings before, but they say that this may be a greater sign; a sign that the holy Third Interlude is drawing closer to the surface. By how much they cannot say.

The elders have predicted before, but their words brought forth nothing. Their last premonitions have instead heralded the coming of Machines of Vapor, meant to distribute the holiness of the Golden Faucet into more convenient locations. We have yet to know of their fruitfulness.

But perhaps this time things will be different. Shall we be given the bounty of the Golden Faucet and the meaty god at its helm? Is the arrival of the Third Interlude close at hand?

The elders watch with interest...

Sgt. Sykes:
Weeeeell I don't know. Now that the Portal creator is gone, can they still pull a self-coherent, complete game and not an unfinished mess slapped together, also known as HL2?

Okay I won't rant, sorry. I'm surprised they trademarked HL3 though. First, they already own Half-Life TM, so I see no reason for it. Second, nobody else thought of trademarking it?

I question how many "unfinished, slapped together mess"'s you've played if you consider Half Life 2 an example of one. Because I know that I'd be far more prone to think of Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit as one, or Knights of the Old Republic 2. You know, games where things just start falling apart in the last few sections.

Half Life 2 ends on a cliffhanger. There's a difference.

Why would they even bother? Just to ensure they can shut down any fan-projects or whatever that might infringe upon the name?
I mean, sure, perhaps they plan to release it as a SteamBox launch title, but I doubt it. So I'm guessing this is more about enforcing exclusivity to the name than actually doing anything with it.

Sgt. Sykes:

Okay I won't rant, sorry. I'm surprised they trademarked HL3 though. First, they already own Half-Life TM, so I see no reason for it. Second, nobody else thought of trademarking it?

Well the way they work here is that when you trademark it you have to within a pretty short amount of time prove that you're actually doing it... So within half a year we are either gonna see an announcement or they will loose it.

This is why I have yet to play Half Life 2, because I hear it ends on a cliff hanger and I would be annoyed at the wait for this, so once it's announced, if ever, I will then play the previous one.

So whose wvillnig to be this is just more trolling? especially since it was registered by third party.

And the hype bandwagon is taking off.

I am legitimately interested on whether or not this will turn into the greatest thing ever.

yeh im thinking this is just more trolling. Im really hoping its not. But at this point i dont think anyone is holding any hope.

BUT if it were to be true and it does come out. Im play HALF-LIFE 1, HALF-LIFE:OPPOSING FORCE, HALF-LIFE: BLUE SHIFT. HALF-LIFE 2, HALF-LIFE 2:EPISODE 1 & 2 then........... lol maybe half-life 3 ?

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