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Well this is perhaps exciting, seems Valve are cooking up something new with a trademark application for NEON PRIME. The application notes it's for "categories of computer game software, electronic game software, video game software, computer game programs downloadable via the internet" and so quite likely some new game is on the way.

It could be a game but then again it could be anything and it doesn't mean something will be released, as we've seen in the past Valve (like a lot of developers / publishers) prototypes a lot and cancels plenty before they ever see the light of day.

NEON PRIME was sent in as a trademark application on October 10th, so by doing so it's become public and anyone can go in and see. It doesn't give us a lot to go on though mind you but sure would be exciting for a new Valve game (or series?).

Valve are certainly on a roll lately with Half-Life: Alyx, Steam Deck and Aperture Desk Job. They've said before that multiple games are in development, so perhaps we're finally getting closer to seeing one of them?

Then again, it could also be multiple years away and could even be a new VR game for their long-rumoured upcoming VR headset codenamed Deckard. Of which, we know that they're still working towards that too, thanks to a new job listing that clearly mentions the developer will be responsible for "prototype, ship, and support consumer gaming products leveraging visual-inertial tracking (HMD and controllers), camera passthrough, environment understanding, eye tracking, and hand tracking".

What do you think NEON PRIME from Valve could be?

Update 15/10/22: as pointed out in a comment (thanks) there's another trademark application for NEON PRIME that gives us a different idea of what it could be as it's "intended to cover the categories of entertainment services, namely, providing online video games; provision of on-line entertainment, namely, on-line computer games; providing on-line computer games and on-line video games; electronic games services provided by means of the Internet; providing information in the fields of computer games and entertainment via the Internet; organization of competitions relating to video games, video game education, and video game entertainment; providing information in the field of on-line computer games and on-line video games and computer games".

Certainly a little eye-opening. Is it more than just a game? A whole service? Perhaps finally Steam Cloud Gaming, their own streaming service? Or, a service attached to a game somehow.

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pb 14 Oct
TBH sounds more like a game than anything else (hardware, service etc.), but it's a weird name overall. Very hard to think of anything. There is certain other company with a service named *Prime but it doesn't fit any of Valve's potential products. Maybe it's just a codename, but then why file for a tm?

Actually at first I thought of a cloud platform, but "downloadable games" didn't fit, so I drifted in another direction. But sure enough, there's yet another application for the same name: https://uspto.report/TM/97625459 with a broader set of categories, including "providing online video games; provision of on-line entertainment, namely, on-line computer games; providing on-line computer games and on-line video games; electronic games services provided by means of the Internet; providing information in the fields of computer games and entertainment via the Internet; organization of competitions relating to video games, video game education, and video game entertainment; providing information in the field of on-line computer games and on-line video games and computer games." which would actually fit very well!


Last edited by pb on 14 October 2022 at 3:55 pm UTC
Drakker 14 Oct
It has Cyberpunk vibes!
pb 14 Oct
Fun fact: tm application for "steam deck" was filed on 14.07.2021, just a day or two before opening preorders. So maybe we'll see some announcement about neon prime soon?
jens 14 Oct
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Only a gaming console can have a name like this :).
(In fact, it actually does sound somewhat like “Neo Geo”)


Last edited by jens on 14 October 2022 at 4:20 pm UTC
I certainly hope it's not a game streaming service for the Deck. Please, no…
HxE 14 Oct
KDE Neon Prime
Marcsello 14 Oct
Could it be...
Counter-Strike:Neon Prime? Or Half-Life:Neon Prime? I'm not sure how trademarks work tbh...
Pengling 14 Oct
Quoting: MarcselloCould it be...
Counter-Strike:Neon Prime? Or Half-Life:Neon Prime? I'm not sure how trademarks work tbh...
I'm no expert, but my understanding is that you wouldn't typically trademark a subtitle on its own.
Mrowl 14 Oct
It could be Citadel? Citadel was always just a code name.

Citadel is supposed to be a multiplayer game, set in the Half Life universe, and is a hybrid of an FPS with Moba elements. Basically I imagine will be like Dota 2, but as a sci-fi first person shooter.
Sounds like a sub service of some sort.
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