Saturday, 17 March, 2018

Valve's Gabe Newell Admits He's Very Jealous Of Nintendo

Valve “jealous of Nintendo” as it prepares to “start shipping games again” – Newell Valve is making games again with a focus on VR, just don't expect Half-Life 3 just yet
Sherri Watson | 09 March, 2018, 22:01

"That's sort of good news!"

Said in classic Newell form (he's known to be a bit cheeky), his commentary definitely did little to dampen that fandom flame. But speaking at a press event attended by PC Gamer this week, bigwig Gabe Newell has hinted that more is on the way.

At a presentation for upcoming Dota 2-themed card game Artifact at Valve's offices in Bellevue, Washington today, Gabe Newell reiterated that Valve is getting back into developing new games beyond its current roster of multiplayer titles.

He's previously spoken about a singleplayer game and "three big VR games" being in development, but he didn't reveal anything specific or offer updates during Thursday's presentation.

Valve, which has focused on its existing games and Steam's software and VR and controller hardware, has not released a new standalone game since Dota 2 back in 2013. "Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again". Valve knows the demands that have come from players regarding releasing those titles, but historically has made comments indicating Half-Life 3 will never happen. Don't even get us started on another Portal, though the graphic novel did very well in regards to satiating that fan thirst.

So does that mean we could see hypothetical Half-Life and Portal threequels on the PlayStation 4 at some point? Valve is looking towards Nintendo's approach, in which the game and the system it's played on go hand in hand. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things.

"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". "That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently". And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he's designing the software at the same time that's really going to take advantage of it.