Half-Life 3 European trademark listing removed; likely a fake

Fans who have been waiting for years for Valve to finish off the Half-Life saga got excited when a trademark listing for Half-Life 3, supposedly registered by Valve, appeared on the Trademarks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union website earlier this week. Well, those fans will have to stem their excitement as it appears that the listing was faked.

The trademark registration for Half-Life 3 has now been removed from the OHIM website less than a week after it appeared, according to Valve Time. This likely means that the trademark was not vetted and confirmed before it was posted on the site. In other words, someone out there started a hoax by filing for the trademark under Valve's name. Valve Time also reports that a trademark for Portal 3 has also been filed on the OHIM website but that's likely a faked registration as well.

While the trademark registrations are almost certainly hoaxes, there's still the matter of Valve's User Picker, which is designed to list Valve's internal staff database, that went open to the public earlier this week. As we reported earlier, screenshots from the User Picker showed two teams working on Half-Life 3 at Valve. So there is some hope that we will all finally see the end of Gordon Freeman's quest before the end of the century.

Source: Valve Time | Image via GamersPack

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Left 4 Dead 3, Half-Life 3 and Source 2 are all mentioned on Valve's Jira database that was accessible by the public for a very short time in June and again last month with a list of developers/engineers/composers.

http://www.valvetime.net/threa...rce-2-groups-expand.243965/

The interesting bits from Valve's Jira leak are Half-Life 3, Half-Life 3 Core, L4D3, L4D3 Audio and L4D3 Developers are listed there. Along with Source 2, Source2 Artists, Source2 Builds, Source2 Characters, Source2 Entities, Source2 Minidumps, Source2 Proto-games, Source2 Tools, Source2 Triage, Source2_Assertions, Source2_Contentassertions and Source2Dev.

Edited by Boo Berry, Oct 6 2013, 9:27pm :

Valve should come out and say either yes they are planning a Half Life 3 or no they are not. It is a disservice to its fans of Half Life to keep having them constantly wonder whether a HL3 will be released and is pretty cruel also.

unless it is a dissapointment like Duke nukem, but that game was passed to other team, and never was taken seriously

half life franchise is not about to dissappear, valve is not going to make it so.

They spent fourteen years on it before they passed it on to another company (Gearbox) who had spent about one year on it. They won't have done much more than play testing an bug fixing in that time.
It was hardly Gearbox's fault it was crap.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
Valve should come out and say either yes they are planning a Half Life 3 or no they are not. It is a disservice to its fans of Half Life to keep having them constantly wonder whether a HL3 will be released and is pretty cruel also.

It's a question of when, not if.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
Valve should come out and say either yes they are planning a Half Life 3 or no they are not. It is a disservice to its fans of Half Life to keep having them constantly wonder whether a HL3 will be released and is pretty cruel also.

Or maybe the "fans" should just get real & move on.

I mean it's just a game, it's hardly going to come close to being this monumental achievement for mankind that many seem to expect.

Is there any specific reason why the Half-life trademark they likely already own wouldn't have covered Half-life 3 as well?

Master of Earth said,
why recently neowin is much slower reporting the latest news compare to others site?
I've noticed this also.

compl3x said,
The HL3 obsessions is one of the more stupid aspects of the gaming community.

Much of it is just for fun. Take you for example: this post is the 3rd post in the article here, AND your name has a 3 in it! Coincidence? I think not.

LaP said,
omg Half Life 3, compl3x and 3rd post.

That can't be a coincidence. HL3 is coming it's now official.

And three characters in your username, that means Half-Life 3 is basically coming out next week.

For it to be Half Life Forever it would need to be official announced. As far as i know Valve never ever officially said Half Life 3 was to be released in the upcoming years. We all know it will happen one day but Valve has other things to do right now.