After a week of exciting announcements from Valve revealing SteamOS, Steam Machines and the Steam Controller, gamers couldn’t help but be a little disappointed that the next iteration of the Half-Life franchise was once again missing in action. As it turns out, Valve quietly filed a trademark on Sunday for Half-Life 3 with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, the trademarks registry in the European Union. Thanks to the sleuths at NeoGAF, we now have undeniable proof that the long-delayed Half-Life 3 is a real product that does or will exist. Of course, Valve has yet to respond to the discovery, and there’s no evidence that the game is in an even remotely playable state, but this is the first significant sign in months that the franchise is still alive.
Fans awaiting the sequel to Valve’s critically-acclaimed Half-Life 2 might not have to wait much longer. According to Journal Du Gamer, Half-Life 3 is reportedly “well underway although much work remains.” The website’s insider source claims that HL3 will be inspired by The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Oblivion and will supposedly still be an action-oriented first-person shooter, but will be set in an open-world, have quests and lots of NPCs to mingle with. How long have fans been waiting for Half-Life 3? Well, the last release was Half-Life 2: Episode Two and that came out in 2007. While it’s just a rumor, the source says that Valve will launch the game in 2013, which has kicked up speculation that it could be released for Microsoft’s (MSFT) next-generation Xbox or Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation 4. More →