Gabe Newell says Valve is going to start shipping games again

Gabe Newell: 'Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again'

Gabe Newell: 'Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again'

Thy lord Gaben hath descended from on high and proclaimed that Valve will actually be making games again.

Speaking at the announcement of Artifact, Newell explained that "Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us".

The last original game Valve released was Dota 2 back in 2013.

"You can have a relatively new game like PUBG, and [.] they can capitalise on all the other multiplayer games, and all of the technology, [and] the fact that China is now a huge market for anybody who does PC game development", he said. The founder stated Valve was doing triple-A single-player titles back in 2015, during a Reddit AMA with fans, and the engine Source 2 was announced on the same year at GDC.

However, such sequel theories, especially that of Half-Life, have always been speculated without any developments or announcement to support it. Steam is the go to gaming client for PC gamers and when the Steam application was put into hardware form with the consoles,'s safe to say that Newell and the team's focus shifted from software to a more hardware-centric bottom line.

Said in classic Newell form (he's known to be a bit cheeky), his commentary definitely did little to dampen that fandom flame. So that's sort of good news.

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. When Miyamoto is sitting down 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 [will the platform have]. And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he's designing the software at the same time. That's a trait that Valve now has, which we can expect to eventually see utilized.

"So PUBG can come out of pretty much nowhere and become the third largest selling game on Steam's history".

"Hearthstone is a great game", Newell told us during yesterday's presentation.

"You can see that Microsoft was like, wow, how can we make Windows more like [Apple]?"

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