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

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

"Right now we would say it's the benchmark online trading card game". But speaking at a press event attended by PC Gamer this week, bigwig Gabe Newell has hinted that more is on the way.

The announcement came as part of a presentation for Artifact, the "Dota 2" themed card game that drew fan ire previous year when it was announced because it had the gall to not be "Half Life 3". As a card game with a $1m competitive tournament attached to it for its first year, this is purely a play into Hearthstone's territory now Valve has smashed the MOBA market with DOTA 2 - Valve's last game. Thy lord Gaben hath descended from on high and proclaimed that Valve will actually be making games again. And the following month, in roundtable interviews with PC Gamer, Newell said that Valve was working on "three big VR games".

Newell first talked about Valve's focus on Steam and hardware (specifically the Vive VR headset and Steam machines), saying that was an "investment in the future". 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.

It should also be pointed out that there's now a Half-Life crossover with Final Fantasy XV in the form of a special outfit if you got the Windows Edition of the game through Steam. Now there's pretty much no project in the hardware space that we wouldn't be comfortable taking on. It's that element of success, especially in the wake of the Nintendo Switch, that more and more companies are looking to Nintendo once more for inspiration, and Valve is no exception. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things. We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on. And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he's designing the software at the same time. "That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently".

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