Valve will begin shipping games again, has been jealous of Nintendo

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Gabe Newell: 'Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again'
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10 March, 2018

Today's statement doesn't make it 100 percent clear whether Valve has projects in development beyond these previously mentioned games, but it is a possibility.

Valve held a presentation for its upcoming DOTA 2 card game spin-off Artifact yesterday, but the biggest news to come out of the conference was that Valve is getting back into the business of shipping games.

The news came directly from none other than the big head honcho himself Gabe Newell during a demo tour of Valve's new DOTA 2-themed digital card game, Artifact.

"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. 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.

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However, such sequel theories, especially that of Half-Life, have always been speculated without any developments or announcement to support it.

Newell says that the studio now has three big VR titles, though we don't know anything about them now. After talking about Valve's focus on Steam and hardware during the past several years, which he described as "an investment in the future", Newell said "Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us". It's nice that Valve will now be making more games, but it's hard to get too excited while there's still nothing to be seen. "He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things". Half-Life 3 has become somewhat of a holy grail for gamers.

Then, there's the question of what kind of games Valve is working on. "That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently".

After all, Valve tends to take a long time on their game making even if they're enthusiastic about their projects, which clearly isn't now the case. 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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