Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Valve Says It's Going to Start Shipping Video Games Again

Valve Says It's Going to Start Shipping Video Games Again

No, there was no news on Half-Life 3, but if Valve comes back to software development and publishing, there's still a sliver of hope left.

The statement came at Valve HQ, where Newell himsef was giving a presentation on the company's upcoming Dota 2 themed card game known as Artifact.

While Newell did not go into the specifics of these unannounced games, in previous talks, he had said that the studio was working on three full VR games. "Right now we're building three VR games", he explains. PC Gamer reports Newell as saying.

Now though, it's time to start making games again. Turns out, it's because Valve was scared about how things in the PC space were trending. Valve saw the likes of Microsoft and Facebook (with the Oculus purchase) attempting to build closed ecosystems in Windows and VR and Valve wanted to head that off at the pass. However, with those investments done, the company can get back to game development. It set out to destabilise that.

This focus on expanding beyond just software then gave way to Valve co-developing the HTC Vive. But he made sure to point out that it's not the only game on Valve's slate.

"We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things". "So that is something we've been jealous of, and that's something that you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently". Newell hinted that may impact how they treat their game designs going forward. We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on. "It's not about being in hardware, it's about building better games". 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.

Speaking at a briefing for Artifact, which is not Half-Life 3, Newell said that the card game is the first of a bunch of new games from Valve. 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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