Valve Back to Developing New Games

Valve Back to Developing New Games

Valve Back to Developing New Games

After so many years of radio silence, it had seemed for a while as if Valve had entirely abandoned video game development entirely. 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.

That's games, plural: Artifact isn't the only game Valve is working on. Newell's statement doesn't confirm whether the developer has anything lined up after those release, but he did express jealousy at Nintendo's ability to develop both hardware and software simultaneously. After years of silence (and several very public bouts of fan disappointment that have been embarrassing for the company), Gabe Newell has announced that his company, Valve, will finally return to games in earnest.

We know of at least one single-player game that Valve is working on.

Newell gave some background on Valve's projects from the last few years, like SteamVR and the Vive headset, explaining that the company was anxious about the PC heading in the direction of an iPhone-esque closed ecosystem. 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.

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For the last decade or so Valve has focused on their online gaming and software store, Steam as well as making hardware for PC gaming. This is thanks to the investments made for Steam VR and the Vive headset, which has given the company the chance to develop their own hardware expertise. That's a trait that Valve now has, which we can expect to eventually see utilized. "So that added to that".

Valve is even a little jealous of companies like Nintendo, with Newell saying: "We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo". When Miyamoto is sitting down 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 [will the platform have].

Note the plural. New gameS. And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he's designing the software at the same time.

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