On the 29 of September, a Spanish company called Casalonga et Associes, acting on behalf of Valve, filed a trademark for “Half-Life 3” with the European trade marks and designs registration office. The trademark is for worldwide ownership of the name. It also covers: “Computer game software; Electronic game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software.”
I’m pretty sure that I don’t need to say that the existence of a Half-Life 3 has been speculated for years. The franchise has been AWOL for six years with the last game, Half-Life 2: Episode 2 releasing on 10 October 2007. That game ended on a cliff-hanger, and Valve had always said that a final Episode 3 would follow shortly. Somewhere along the line, Episode 3 morphed into speculation of a Half-Life 3 instead; probably thanks to growing anticipation and a very protracted silence on Valve’s behalf.
Is this Valve swallowing up trademarks? They could have done that at any time, so why only now? Is an announcement incoming? Maybe on 10 October, exactly six years after Episode 2 released? This is the most concrete evidence we’ve had for the potential existence of a Half-Life 3, but if history has taught us anything, we probably shouldn’t get our hopes up.