Gabe Newell Says "Valve's Going to Start Shipping Games Again"

Artifact board

Speaking during an interview yesterday, Valve's CEO talked about how his company's hardware and software research has helped the games industry.

That's according to a number of sources, including video games personality Geoff Keighley on Twitter (below) and PCGamer, who were at a briefing about upcoming DOTA 2 card game Artifact at Valve's offices in Bellevue, Washington.

Valve, which has focused on its existing games and Steam's software and VR and controller hardware, has not released a new standalone game since Dota 2 back in 2013. 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. During the Reddit AMA back in January 2017, Newell said that Valve is working on at least one other fully-fledged singleplayer game.

However, such sequel theories, especially that of Half-Life, have always been speculated without any developments or announcement to support it. Newell's statement doesn't clarify if there are projects in the works beyond those games, but nature of the statement does seem to indicate that there are things coming we don't yet know about.

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It should be noted Newell didn't say anything about Half-Life 3, so...

It's important to note that Newell said games, so that should mean Valve will be shipping something after Artifact. "He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things".

Then, there's the question of what kind of games Valve is working on. "We thought that the strength of the PC is about its openness, so we started to make some investments to offset that", he said in reference to projects like SteamVR and the Vive headset. What title would you like to see come out of their studio? "So that is something we've been jealous of, and that's something that you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently". 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.


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