Valve Back to Developing New Games

Posted March 10, 2018

Speaking during an interview yesterday, Valve's CEO talked about how his company's hardware and software research has helped the games industry.

After all, Valve tends to take a long time on their game making even if they're enthusiastic about their projects, which clearly isn't now the case. The founder stated Valve was doing triple-A single-player titles back in 2015, during a Reddit AMA with fans, and the engine Source 2 was announced on the same year at GDC.

It's unusual to finally come to a time when Gabe's company is developing more games, and for the news to feel so underwhelming. Keighley had a chance to play it and said it's going to be revolutionary for the genre. Newell's statement doesn't clarify if there are projects in the works beyond those games, but nature of the statement does seem to indicate that there are things coming we don't yet know about. "An incredible amount of depth already".

The last original game Valve released was Dota 2 back in 2013. The game became memetic immediately mainly for the crowd-spanning groan of disappointment that came after the reveal, but we have Valve making games again. So that's sort of good news.

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Newell admitted "we've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo" in regards to the ability to simultaneously develop both the game and the system on which it's played.

"You can see that Microsoft was like, wow, how can we make Windows more like [Apple]?"

"It feels like we've been stuck with mouse and keyboard for a really long time and that the opportunities to build much more interesting kinds of experiences for gamers were there, we just need to expand what we can do". They are also in charge of Steam, the biggest digital distribution platform on the PC dedicated to video games. 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.

Valve isn't done with hardware though, but now it'll go "hand-in-hand with software design", meaning you should really keep an eye on what Valve is up to in the coming months.

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