Valve has filed a trademark, in Europe, for the highly anticipated 3rd entry in the Half-Life series. This could prove as an indication from Valve to finally move forward with the much beloved fps series that put the company on the map.

Thanks to a NeoGAF post, specific details about this trademark are in full display. It was filed on September 29 and lists Valve as its owner. The rest of the file is your regular trademark fare, with the name, owner, and classification of the file, which is described as “video game software”, on display.

The last time a Half-Life game was released was back in 2007. By way of The Orange Box, Half-Life 2 Episode 2 was released as part of the, then, compelling software package. The Orange Box was released for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, and contained 5 games for a price of $60. Since The Orange Box Valve has been busy releasing Portal 2, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Alien Swarm, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Dota 2. Valve also recently announced the SteamOS, a new opertaing system, alongside the Steam Machine and its Steam Controller. The Steam Machine is a hardware gaming device geared towards living room gaming.

Half-Life 3 has become subject to countless amounts of internet memes, rumors, speculation, etc. With every new conference, whether it be E3 or Gamescom, the hope for the impending reveal of Half-Life 3 has always been on people’s minds. With the announcement of the Steam Machines, Half-Life 3 could very well end up as a Steam exclusive. This would provide a smart business move for Valve to entice people to purchase their new hardware.

Nonetheless a new hope for Half-Life has arisen. This time, something less impalpable.