Valve Preparing To "Start Shipping Games Again" Says Gabe Newell
Begin the celebrations!
Valve's Gabe Newell has suggested that the company is going to get back into releasing video games. I shall let the PC gamers amongst us (including myself) cheer for a minute or so. Yaaay!
Speaking at a briefing for Artifact, Valve's Dota 2 card game, Newell said that that game is the first of several new games from his company.
"Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us" Newell said. "So that's sort of good news. Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again". I can't wait to see what they've got in store for us.
Whilst not mentioning Half Life 3 in any way, Gabe briefly talked about developing hardware and games side by side. Valve is looking towards Nintendo's approach, in which the game and the system it's played on go hand in hand.
"We aren't going to be talking about it today, but sort of the big thing, the new arrow we have in our quiver, really, is our ability to develop hardware and software simultaneously" Newell added.
"We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo. 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. He can introduce those new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things".
"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 that is something we've been jealous of, and that's something that you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently".
In a Reddit AMA in January, Gabe confirmed that Valve was working on at least one fully fledged single player game. In the following month in an interview, he confirmed that Valve was working on "3 big VR games". Of course, today's statement doesn't make it specifically clear if Valve has any games in developments beyond the previously mentioned ones, however it is a possibility.
Are you excited about Valve getting back in the game game? (Heh, I had to). What would you like to see from them? Personally I'd love to see Portal 3, though if Valve's previous games are anything to go by, they can't count to 3... but maybe the upcoming projects will prove me wrong!
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