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Half-Life 3 trademark registration vanishes

Half-Life 3 trademark registration vanishes

A trademark registration for Half-Life 3 in Europe has been removed from the registry, prompting claims it was a hoax all along.

A European trademark registration for Half-Life 3, taken as confirmation that Valve is planning to to release the long-awaited title Real Soon Now, has been removed from the register - which some are taking as evidence it was a fake all along.

The registration with the European Office for Harmonisation in the Internet Market was made on the 29th of September, and spotted earlier this month. More digging unveiled registration for Portal 3, suggesting that Valve was planning its launches for both titles - something fans, who have been clamouring for a continuation of the storyline, welcomed with unalloyed joy.

Sadly, there appears to be a hiccough: suspicions were raised as to the veracity of the application when it was noted that Valve has made no similar application in its home market, while the company - as is usual - remained entirely silent on the matter. Now, however, evidence suggests that the suspicions were true and the registration a forgery: the entries for both Half-Life 3 and Portal 3 have disappeared.

According to fan-blog Valve Time, the registrations were removed from the Trademarks and Design Registration Office of the European Union after being listed for little over a week - leading to the conclusion that the registration was a hoax sent live on the site without proper verification.

Before becoming too despondent, there may be a glimmer of hope on the horizon: late last week an internal project management database was leaked, as reported on PC Gamer, offering details on Valve staff and the projects they are currently contributing to - with several claiming to be working on Half-Life 3, and more on Left 4 Dead 3. None, however, are listed as working on Portal 3 - suggesting, again, that the trademark registrations were fakes.

Valve, as you might expect, has refused to comment at all stages.

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Griffter 7th October 2013, 11:42 Quote
was thinking of posting "first!" but then thought that im already irritated with all the news about valve. so i refrain from further irritation.

good day kind Sir.
KidMod-Southpaw 7th October 2013, 12:05 Quote
Pfft.
Silver51 7th October 2013, 12:22 Quote
To be honest, if Episode 3 came out tomorrow I probably wouldn't buy it.

Without playing Episode 2, I wouldn't remember the storyline save for a pointless bit playing with balls and a gravity gun towards the end.
Corky42 7th October 2013, 12:40 Quote
Playing with balls is never pointless ;)
Snips 7th October 2013, 13:17 Quote
Agreed, you got to play with more balls throughout the whole series and there was always a worthwhile and important reason for doing so. :)

Although, I think we were all suckered in on this one, the fact it may actually be worked on now as we speak leaves me with a warm glow. Either that or I've been playing with my balls too much?
DriftCarl 7th October 2013, 17:33 Quote
I am not bothered anymore either. I still haven't got around to playing EP2 yet.
My thoughts on why there isnt a HL3 yet is because valve have no good ideas, I guess the stuff they have come up with so far as been sub standard, and I respect them for not putting a poor half life release out there. I would rather not see another HL game than see a complete failure.
Personally I would rather play a portal 3 right now than a half life game.
Comrade Woody 7th October 2013, 17:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
I am not bothered anymore either. I still haven't got around to playing EP2 yet.
My thoughts on why there isnt a HL3 yet is because valve have no good ideas, I guess the stuff they have come up with so far as been sub standard, and I respect them for not putting a poor half life release out there. I would rather not see another HL game than see a complete failure.
Personally I would rather play a portal 3 right now than a half life game.

I agree, more Portal would be awesome ;)
FIBRE+ 7th October 2013, 20:00 Quote
Wouldn't be surprised by HL3 coming at some point in the future so I wouldn't say a trademark is surprising, doesn't mean it's being released any time soon(?). It may well be valve retracting it for more free advertising and keeping the rumour mill going.
Glix 7th October 2013, 20:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
I am not bothered anymore either. I still haven't got around to playing EP2 yet.
My thoughts on why there isnt a HL3 yet is because valve have no good ideas, I guess the stuff they have come up with so far as been sub standard, and I respect them for not putting a poor half life release out there. I would rather not see another HL game than see a complete failure.
Personally I would rather play a portal 3 right now than a half life game.

Play EP2 and then hate me for telling you to do so, and hate Valve for not releasing HL3 or EP3. Join US!
Elton 8th October 2013, 05:07 Quote
What if I told you Portal was HL3? :D
Snips 8th October 2013, 08:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Elton
What if I told you Portal was HL3? :D

TAKE THE DAMN BLUE PILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guinevere 8th October 2013, 11:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Silver51
To be honest, if Episode 3 came out tomorrow I probably wouldn't buy it.

I blooming well would!
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Originally Posted by Silver51
Without playing Episode 2, I wouldn't remember the storyline save for a pointless bit playing with balls and a gravity gun towards the end.

Thankfully I'm sure there's sites of the internet that compile readable summaries of this sort of thing. I saw one the other day... yuckky.. something... or wiki... something. I can't remember what it was called ;)
Corky42 8th October 2013, 12:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
Thankfully I'm sure there's sites of the internet that compile readable summaries of this sort of thing.

Better than that, you can catch up in 60sec.

T4k82o1MxGk
AiA 8th October 2013, 19:11 Quote
well , i recently just played black mesa
its well made and free!

http://www.blackmesasource.com/
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