Valve Will be Shipping New Games Again

Valve “jealous of Nintendo” as it prepares to “start shipping games again” – Newell

Yesterday, Valve revealed a brand new game, the Dota 2 themed card game Artifact, and it seems like this is only the beginning of a new wave of games coming from the developer of Half-Life.

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.

In doing so, Newell said that "future games will combine the development of software alongside hardware, similar to how Nintendo designs hardware systems to bring new gameplay ideas to life".

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As for the company's slow release of games over the last several years, Newell attributes this to focusing on Valve's digital storefront Steam, as well as investing in new hardware innovation. However, Steam's popularity meant that certain Valve titles have more-or-less become vaporware with titles such as Half-Life, Portal, and Left 4 Dead abandoned.

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

Is this a good news? 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. When Miyamoto is sitting down thinking about the next version of Zelda or Mario, he's thinking what is the controller going to look like, what sort of graphics and other capabilities [will the platform have]. That is an understandable assumption, especially seeing as how Microsoft has been chasing Apple's business plan with Windows 10. Not necessarily because the franchise was the best franchise to have ever existed, but because on some level we know we're never going to get it, so we want it even more. "That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently". Now that's all out of the way, Valve feels it's in a space where it can flex its creative muscles once more and now has the hardware knowledge to create experiences that are rich and interactive "Now there's pretty much no project in the hardware space that we wouldn't be comfortable taking on", Newell explained.

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