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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Oct 2, 2013

Half-Life 3… Confirmed?

For something that’s never been announced in any way, shape, or form, Half-Life 3 is probably the most discussed and hyped game of all time. And why not? People have been looking for some sort of resolution since Half-Life 2: Episode 2. And yet, despite all of this attention lavished upon this game, Valve has said not a single word. People are so crazy with anticipation at this game that any time anything remotely weird or different happens in a game, conspiracy theorists take that to be some sort of sign that Half-Life 3 does indeed exist.

For the first time, however, there is actual proof that Valve is at the very least thinking about Half-Life 3. On September 29th, in Europe, Valve filed an actual, honest-to-god trademark for Half-Life 3. At this time Valve has yet to file for the trademark in the US, but considering the fact that the government is currently shut down that might end up having something to do with the lack of a filing.

But what does it all mean? At the end of the day, all it really means is that Valve is thinking of using the Half-Life 3 trademark for one reason or another. It doesn’t necessarily mean that Valve has been working on the game. But considering how they’re set to release a new OS sometime in the near future, as well as the Steam Machines and the new Steam controller as well, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see that Half-Life 3 ends up being used as some sort of incentive for those new endeavors. I can easily see Valve perhaps packaging the game with each Steam Machine, or making it available on SteamOS first for a bit of time. But really, until Valve says anything different, we’re not going to know a damn thing about Half-Life 3.

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