Half-Life 3 Is Coming! It's Coming! Sort of...Trademark Filed in Europe

By Gerald Lynch on at

Rise and shine Half-Life fans, rise and shine. After years of rumours and speculation we've finally been given the first piece of hard evidence that Half-Life 3, the sequel to the most highly acclaimed PC shooter of all time, is on its way.

Developers Valve have filed a trademark for "Half-Life 3" with the Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union, proving once and for all that work (at the very least in some administrative shape) on the further adventures of beardy scientist Gordon Freeman is underway. The trademark covers:

Computer game software; Electronic game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software.

And the...

Provision of on-line entertainment; provision of computer and video games and computer and video game programs from a computer database or via the Internet.

Reason to finally, legitimately be excited about its potential release? I'd say so, but don't hold your breath -- the game was first mentioned by Valve execs way back in 2007 and, given last week's slew of Steam-related news, chances are Half-Life 3 will be a Steambox / Steam OS exclusive at launch. Time to re-think your gaming PC set-up, I'd say. [Ars Technica]