Valve will begin shipping games again, has been jealous of Nintendo

Valve will begin shipping games again, has been jealous of Nintendo

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Valve is working on totally new games according to founder and PCMR figure Gabe Newell, with GabeN saying that Valve is getting back into making new games after its current fleet of multiplayer games. They will soon be releasing a Dota 2-themed card game called Artifact, however, and Valve president Gabe Newell - who still can't count to three - said some promising things during a presentation for the game on Thursday. "Hooray. Valve's going to start shipping games again". Valve has also lent the Portal property to another couple of games (Bridge Constructor Portal and LEGO Dimensions), hinting that they might want to keep the game and GLaDOS character relevant.

Newell elaborated that the company's switch in focus from games to hardware and technology following Dota 2's release was an investment to not let PC become a "closed, high margin ecosystem" like Apple's, accusing Microsoft and Facebook of wanting to do just that.

However, such sequel theories, especially that of Half-Life, have always been speculated without any developments or announcement to support it.

Newell says that the studio now has three big VR titles, though we don't know anything about them now.

Is this a good news? May Half-Life 3 finally be coming? He continued to say that "Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things".

Excited for Valve's return to game development? Not necessarily because the franchise was the best franchise to have ever existed, but because on some level we know we're never going to get it, so we want it even more.

It's unusual to finally come to a time when Gabe's company is developing more games, and for the news to feel so underwhelming. We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on. 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.

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

  • Terrell Bush