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Valve Back in the Game-Making Bizz, Gabe Newell Confirms

Valve Back in the Game-Making Bizz, Gabe Newell Confirms

The announcement was made during a presentation for Artifact, where Gabe Newell said the reason that Valve had focused so long on Steam development and creating hardware solutions like the Steam controller and HTC Vive headset, was because it wanted to make an "investment in the future".

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. Pretty simple, actually. Valve itself is a behemoth of a company.

The outlets report that chief Gabe Newell said that the aforementioned project was the first of many to come out of the American game maker.

Newell then added during an interview with PC Gamer that Valve is working on "three big VR games".

Newell gave some background on Valve's projects from the last few years, like SteamVR and the Vive headset, explaining that the company was anxious about the PC heading in the direction of an iPhone-esque closed ecosystem. "So we started to make some investments to offset that". New skins, amiibo, and other peripherals to continue the hype of series that we love so much.

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Valve hasn't had a major game release since the launch of Dota 2 in 2013, and Portal 2 from 2011 was the last single-player game that came out of the studio. "The positive thing about the Vive is, in addition to making sure that nobody created an iOS closed platform for it, was also that it gave us the opportunity to develop our in-house expertise in hardware design".

Newell noted that the move was influenced by Nintendo's ability to work on hardware and new games.

Valve is even a little jealous of companies like Nintendo, with Newell saying: "We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo".

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. "So that is something we've been jealous of, and that's something that you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently".