Gabe Newell Announces Valve Is "Back To Making And Shipping Games"


In regards to Valve's recent projects, like SteamVR and the Vive headset, Newell claimed that the company was anxious about the direction of PC gaming. So that's sort of good news.

Since then, the studio built and revealed its Hearthstone-like card game, Artifact, which is being developed together with the creator of Magic. He said his investments into Vive were an effort to "offset" the impact of Microsoft and Facebook looking into OS and VR concepts that the company considered less open. However, with those investments done, the company can get back to game development.

The last original game Valve released was Dota 2 back in 2013. In early 2017 Valve confirmed it was working on a single player game and later that year we learned it was working on three fully-fledged VR titles. Five years ago, we didn't have electrical engineers and people who know how to do robots. We will have to wait and see if the new games that Newell mentioned will be VR titles, or something different entirely.

It's odd to finally come to a time when Gabe's company is developing more games, and for the news to feel so underwhelming.

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"It feels like we've been stuck with mouse and keyboard for a really long time and that the opportunities to build much more interesting kinds of experiences for gamers were there, we just need to expand what we can do".

Said in classic Newell form (he's known to be a bit cheeky), his commentary definitely did little to dampen that fandom flame.

So does that mean we could see hypothetical Half-Life and Portal threequels on the PlayStation 4 at some point?

Speaking during an interview yesterday, Valve's CEO talked about how his company's hardware and software research has helped the games industry. "When Miyamoto is sitting down and thinking about the next version of Zelda or Mario, he's thinking what is the controller going to look like, what sort of graphics and other capabilities". And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he's designing the software at the same time that's really going to take advantage of it.