Gabe Newell says Valve is now making NEW games

  • Gabe Newell says Valve is now making NEW games

Gabe Newell says Valve is now making NEW games

Half Life 3 has been eagerly awaited ever since Half Life 2 Episode 2 came out, and with rumors that the game has been cancelled for the foreseeable future and at least one reading of the game's script, many gamers are really wanting Valve to stop working exclusively with Steam and actually start to make games again.

"You can see that Microsoft was like, wow, how can we make Windows more like [Apple]?" The company is responsible for some of the most influential video games such as Half-Life, Counter-Strike and Portal.

"Hearthstone is a great game", Newell told us during yesterday's presentation. Either way, though, it sounds like Valve is back in the games business. 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. The game became memetic immediately mainly for the crowd-spanning groan of disappointment that came after the reveal, but we have Valve making games again.

"You can have a relatively new game like PUBG, and [.] they can capitalise on all the other multiplayer games, and all of the technology, [and] the fact that China is now a huge market for anybody who does PC game development", he said.

"VR is not going to be a success at all if people are just taking existing content and putting it into a VR space", Newell explained - potentially taking a dig a Bethesda's VR efforts with Doom VFR, Skyrim VR and Fallout 4 VR.

So why did Valve back away from game creation? 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. We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on. As far as their next huge leap in gaming, we'll just have to be patient to find out!

Artifact probably won't be that game.

Gabe Newell gives a presentation at Valve about upcoming card game Artifact.

Valve isn't done with hardware though, but now it'll go "hand-in-hand with software design", meaning you should really keep an eye on what Valve is up to in the coming months.