It would not be an overstatement to consider Valve’s Half Life franchise to be the pinnacle of all first person shooting games. There are many franchises out there, but every new Half Life game has not only broken ground in terms of technology, storytelling and gameplay, but has always polarized opinion. Now, NeoGAF is reporting that Valve has filled for the Half Life 3 trademark at the Office of Harmonization in the Internal market (OHIM), which is the European Union’s trademark and designs registry. Also Read - Everything Xbox and Bethesda showcased during E3 2021: Age of Empires IV, Xbox mini-fridge and more
Half Life 2 was released way back in 2004 and the last update for the game Half Life 2: Episode Two was released in 2007. Ever since then Valve has been silent about another Half Life release, though rumors about Episode 3 have been sporadic in the press. Also Read - E3 2021: What is it, entire schedule, how to watch livestream for free, what to expect
The filling at the OHIM, is revealed to be a trademark that covers computer software, “downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices” and other services. The application was filed very recently on September 29. Also Read - 89% gamers in India prefer PC gaming over mobile gaming: Reveals HP Gaming report
The only official thing related to Half Life currently in the works is an official movie, which is being developed with J.J. Abrams who directed the last two Star Trek movies and is also developing the next Star Wars movie.
Either it could be Valve just securing the trademark for the sake of securing it or maybe the company actually has a new game in the works, which seems likely considering Valve has just revealed a new gaming OS called SteamOS and is also working on a gaming console known as the SteamBox.
If this is true, then gamers will finally be able experience something new from the world of the Gordon Freeman and the mysterious G-Man.