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


Although, Newell didn't say what games were on number one and two spots, though we have an idea what those game would be. But speaking at a press event attended by PC Gamer this week, bigwig Gabe Newell has hinted that more is on the way. Thy lord Gaben hath descended from on high and proclaimed that Valve will actually be making games again.

At a presentation for upcoming Dota 2-themed card game Artifact at Valve's offices in Bellevue, Washington today, Gabe Newell reiterated that Valve is getting back into developing new games beyond its current roster of multiplayer titles. Of these games, three will be in VR, as Newell revealed in an interview with Eurogamer.

There's no concrete evidence from the presentation that Valve is working on anything else besides the aforementioned VR games and Artifact, but it's still great to hear that a company with a storied history in game development seems to be back to doing what first made it such a beloved figure in the industry.

Valve has been keeping busy managing Steam, so the company behind popular games like Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, and DotA 2 hasn't been making many games lately. 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. "So we started to make some investments to offset that". Now there's pretty much no project in the hardware space that we wouldn't be comfortable taking on.

Interestingly, Nintendo's game development prowess was one reason for why Valve chose to steer itself down such a winding path. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things. "That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently".

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.