half life 2

You can take this news however you see fit. Valve has filed for trademark rights to Half-Life 3 in Europe, once again stirring the pot and raising speculation as to how and when this extremely popular series will ever wrap itself up.

The application was made on September 29th for “computer game software; electronic game software; downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; video game software.”

How long has it been since The Orange Box first hit the shelves and we were first able to play Half-Life 2 Episode 2? I remember distinctly buying it alongside Mass Effect and Super Mario Galaxy, so that is nearly an entire console generation in between launches, should this trademark filing develop into a larger story.

Even Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid don’t have turnaround times that long!

Not that I am impatient or anything. My backlog is too long to be demanding games sooner, but Half-Life 3 is going to be something special if it’s taken this long to move through Valve’s pipes. Let’ hope we get an announcement soon.

Anybody calling a SteamOS exclusive on this one? I think that would secure my loyalties for a few years on which platform I am using in the next generation.