Recently, Valve hosted a presentation for their latest card game, a Dota 2-themed card game called Artifact. At the presentation, Gabe Newell mentioned once again that Valve will start developing games, beyond just its current content roster of (mostly online) games and titles.
Understandably, Steam has been focused more on Steam and hardware in the past few years; which is why their last game was Dota 2, and it’s been a while since that’s been out. At the presentation, Newell said, “Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us. So that’s sort of good news. Hooray! Valve’s going to start shipping games again.”
Newell did mention in January last year in a Reddit AMA that Valve was working on multiple titles, at least one of which was a single-player games. He also mentioned to PCGamer that they were working on three VR games. And fully-fledged ones at that.
Newell explained how he was worried that PC was heading towards a closed iPhone-esque ecosystem. Microsoft was trying it, even Zuckerberg was trying it with VR. However, Newell thinks that defeats the purpose of PC and the openness that comes with it. That has been the focus of their investing these past few years.
According to Newell, five years ago, Valve didn’t have electrical engineers or anyone to take on hardware based projects. Now, they would be comfortable taking on any project in the hardware space. “We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on”, he added.
Newell went on to add that they’ve always been “a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo”. This because they’ve developing both the hardware and the software for the games they’re working on. Now, you’ll be able to see them do the same.
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