Trademark filed for sequel to Half-Life 3 nearly a decade after the greatest PC game ever was released, and the near vapor-ware sequel makes an appearance on a Valve bug tracker.
An eagle eyed poster on the NeoGAF forums has provided a concrete clue to the possible confirmation of Half-Life 3’s existence: a trademark registration with the European Union’s trademark and designs registry.
The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market lists the Half-Life 3 trademark as being filed on September 29 by Casalonga & Associés, a patent and trademark firm, on behalf of Valve. Valve has yet to file for the same trademark in the United States or Canada.
The patent filing doesn’t give any other details.
Shortly after on NeoGAF another user spotted Half Life 3 and Half Life 3 Core on Valve’s bug tracker. Since then these have been stripped out from the database.
Keep in mind, it has been almost a decade since Half-Life 2 has been released and nearly six years since “Episode 2″ came out. This could be a particularly mean troll by someone in Valve, or it could be that there actually is a sequel in the works.