Valve Will be Shipping New Games Again

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

He also spoke of Valve's worry that too many companies were moving PC games towards closed, proprietary ecosystems like the iPhone.

Interestingly, Nintendo's game development prowess was one reason for why Valve made a decision to steer itself down such a winding path. For the last decade or so Valve has focused on their online gaming and software store, Steam as well as making hardware for PC gaming.

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.

Good news for folks still holding out hope that someday Half-Life 3 will actually be confirmed and not just another long-running meme. He explicitly said that it's "the first of several games" coming from the studio.

As for why Valve moved away from games, Newell frankly said he was concerned about PCs becoming more of a closed system.

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

"I spent over an hour playing the game with the team - the three lanes of play add another whole layer of strategy, you have to take down towers in 2 out of 3 to achieve victory".

"We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo". "When Miyamoto is sitting down and 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. That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently".

As for Artifact, reports from the recent presentation reveal that it has incredible production values, will not be a free-to-play (or, according to Newell, pay-to-win), features some unique mechanics not seen in any other card game, and has been secretly designed by Magic the Gathering creator, Richard Garfield. Sure, that means a solid level of production quality when the game eventually releases, but future releases are probably still at least half a decade a way based on Valve's standard development speed.

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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