Gabe Newell Confirms Valve is Making Games Again

During a presentation for their upcoming DOTA-2  themed card game called Artifact at Valve’s offices in Bellevue WA, Gabe Newell came out with a pleasant surprise to it’s fans, stating that Valve is indeed in the process of making new games beyond the roster of it’s lauded multiplayer games.

After talking about Valve’s focus on hardware and Steam, for several years which Gabe Newell described as “an investment in the future” Newell said that ” Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us”. Keep in mind that this is indeed great news for fans who are eagerly awaiting what is next from Valve Studios.

That’s games, plural: Artifact isn’t the only game Valve is working on. In a January 2017 Reddit AMA, Newell did confirm that Valve was working on at least one fully-fledged singleplayer game. And the following month, in roundtable interviews with PC Gamer, Newell said that Valve was working on “three big VR games.” 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. “We aren’t going to be talking about it today,” Newell said, “but sort of the big thing, the new arrow we have in our quiver, really, is our ability to develop hardware and software simultaneously.”

Newell gave some background on Valve’s projects from the last few years, like SteamVR and the Vive headset, explaining that the company was worried about the PC heading in the direction of an iPhone-esque closed ecosystem. “You can see that Microsoft was like, wow, how can we make Windows more like that? Or Zuckerberg is saying, ‘well I tried to compete in the phones, I got my ass kicked, so I’m going to create this new thing, VR, which will allow me to recreate the kind of closed, high margin ecosystem that Apple’s done.’ And that really started to worry us, because we thought that the strength of the PC is about its openness … So we started to make some investments to offset that.”

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