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


The only real benefit to making games comes from positive publicity, especially considering just how angry a lot of longstanding Valve fans have become at the company's abandonment of its core franchises.

That's according to a number of sources, including video games personality Geoff Keighley on Twitter (below) and PCGamer, who were at a briefing about upcoming DOTA 2 card game Artifact at Valve's offices in Bellevue, Washington.

Gabe Newell has come out and stated that Valve is going to start shipping games again.

Those investments, Newell said, meant they hadn't released a new game since Dota 2-but that work wasn't wasted time. Valve has also lent the Portal property to another couple of games (Bridge Constructor Portal and LEGO Dimensions), hinting that they might want to keep the game and GLaDOS character relevant. We will have to wait and see if the new games that Newell mentioned will be VR titles, or something different entirely.

"We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo", Newell said.

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So. Half-life 3 confirmed?

"Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us", he said. "He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things". Also, the Kerbal Space Program development team is under the Valve umbrella now, and we have yet to see the project it is working on. 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. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. That's four more in addition to Artifact, with a notable focus on custom hardware, so those could be the games he was referring to.

"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".

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.