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Valve's Gabe Newell Says They're Back To Making Games

10 March 2018

Gamers might be familiar with the reveal of Valve's upcoming Defense of the Ancients card game "Artifact", which was unveiled at the DOTA 2 "The International" tournament past year. "Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again".

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.

Newell elaborated that the company's switch in focus from games to hardware and technology following Dota 2's release was an investment to not let PC become a "closed, high margin ecosystem" like Apple's, accusing Microsoft and Facebook of wanting to do just that.

As for why Valve moved away from games, Newell frankly said he was concerned about PCs becoming more of a closed system. However, with those investments done, the company can get back to game development.

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Valve used to be one of gaming's most acclaimed developers, shipping series like Half-Life and Portal on PlayStation. Valve knows the demands that have come from players regarding releasing those titles, but historically has made comments indicating Half-Life 3 will never happen. Newel didn't elaborate stating they are not "going to be talking about it today" but that Valve is looking to "develop hardware and software simultaneously". He feels most strongly about this in the VR space - making me very excited to see what they've been cooking up in their development kitchen.

Note the plural. New gameS. Newell also didn't say anything about any new shooters, so we likely won't be dealing with anything related to Half Life at any point in the future.

"We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo".

With Valve's new hardware chops, it seems like we can expect more than new games from the company. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things. And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he's designing the software at the same time. "That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently".

Valve's Gabe Newell Says They're Back To Making Games