Gosh, however is not Valve busy in the meanwhile? Between the Steam Deck, VR stuff, and even overhauling Steam’s long-neglected cell app, you would be forgiven for pondering the corporate had sufficient occurring that it would not really feel the necessity to spin up new initiatives. And you would be incorrect, as a result of a brand new trademark that Valve utilized for on October 10 has unintentionally introduced the existence of one thing referred to as Neon Prime. 

The appliance, which continues to be being processed by the US Patent and Trademark Workplace, identifies Neon Prime as pertaining to “Pc game software program, digital game software program, online game software program, pc game applications downloadable through the web”. My exceptional deductive powers inform me that this implies it has one thing to do with videogames and videogame software program, and the web appears to agree: there are already rumours that Neon Prime might be a brand new game—and even collection—from Valve.

However let’s not get forward of ourselves. As tempting as it’s to make daring predictions about what Valve is as much as, the variety of issues that would fall beneath the umbrella of “pc game software program” is gigantic. It may simply be a brand new software, some type of anti-cheat, or a brand new software program doodad for the Steam Deck. However look, you possibly can imagine it is Half-Life 3 if that is what makes you content. I am not gonna cease you.

It is also value remembering that emblems get filed on a regular basis after which do not find yourself used. Even whether it is an embryonic thought for a brand new game, no matter plans Valve has for Neon Prime may be years sooner or later, or may by no means see the sunshine of day. It may even simply be that Valve thinks Neon Prime is a very cool identify and needs to pin it down earlier than another person does. The chances for being underwhelmed are limitless.

Nonetheless, it is enjoyable to take a position, right? And Valve has been extremely energetic these days. Heck, we acquired our first Half-Life game in 13 years when Half-Life: Alyx launched in 2020. It is not past the realms of chance that we may see a brand new game from Valve in its at the moment energised state. Possibly a game made at the start for the Steam Deck? Hey, now that I consider it, ‘Neon Prime’ has the identical variety of characters as ‘Half-Life 3’. Let the hearsay mills spin.