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Half-Life 3 Watch: Trademark Filed, Development Teams Reported

Jonathan Lester
Half-Life 3, Report, Rumours, Valve

Half-Life 3 Watch: Trademark Filed, Development Teams Reported

It's that time of year again, folks: when we all get excited about Half-Life 3, grasp at straws, then have our hopes crushed for another few months.

Hang on, though. With the Steam Machines now out in the open, could Valve finally be gearing up to deploy their anticipated sequel? Two interesting developments suggest that they might be.

First up: the usually-trustworthy Gematsu reports that Reddit users managed to access Valve’s User Picker: a piece of internal software that they use to manage their development teams. It has categories for "Half-Life 3” and "Half-Life 3 Core." So, yeah.

Secondly, it appears that Valve have filed a European trademark for Half-Life 3 (search for #012180394). This could well just be a defensive measure, of course, but the timing is certainly very interesting indeed. [via NeoGAF, thanks to a tip from Late]

Half-Life 3 Watch: Trademark Filed, Development Teams Reported

Could Half-Life 3 seal the deal for the Steam Machines? We don't know if it would be an appropriate exclusive, but a beta or early access on Valve's new OS and hardware could work wonders. We'll have to -- as always -- wait and see.

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Late  Oct. 2, 2013 at 11:49

Thanks Jon.
My initial gut reaction was that it might be a SteamBox exclusive (or timed exclusive) but would that work? Or would all Steam users be able to get it on their pc?

New exclusives are pretty much essential for the SteamBox. Exclusive Half Life, Team Fortress, and Portal would all qualify as system sellers. It makes sense for Valve to use them to get their new hardware into as many front rooms as possible, if they can.

JonLester  Oct. 2, 2013 at 12:06

It will doubtlessly be a Steam exclusive, that much is certain. But locking it to SteamOS or Steam Boxes could lead to a bit of a backlash to say the least. It'll be interesting to see what Valve decides - an exclusive beta, early access or timed exclusivity, or even a pack-in, could well be the way to go for Steam machines.

Plus, some features designed to take full advantage of the black plastic owl would be nice, too.

Valve move in mysterious ways, though, and HL3 is probably big enough to shift plenty of Steam Machines. I personally wonder whether Valve let this leak happen on purpose...

Last edited by JonLester, Oct. 2, 2013 at 12:39
Rubisco  Oct. 2, 2013 at 18:14
Late  Oct. 2, 2013 at 23:14

Lol! :D

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