Valve is getting back into shipping new games

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

"Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us", said Newell, according to PC Gamer.

Valve has been heavily focused on Steam and hardware over the last few years, stretching as far as getting knee deep in one of the best VR headsets on the market with the HTC Vive, but Gabe explained this as "an investment in the future".

No, there was no news on Half-Life 3, but if Valve comes back to software development and publishing, there's still a sliver of hope left. But speaking at a press event attended by PC Gamer this week, bigwig Gabe Newell has hinted that more is on the way.

Note the plural. New gameS.

"We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo".

Is this a good news?

Good news for folks still holding out hope that someday Half-Life 3 will actually be confirmed and not just another long-running meme.

It's important to note that Newell said games, so that should mean Valve will be shipping something after Artifact. Also, the Kerbal Space Program development team is under the Valve umbrella now, and we have yet to see the project it is working on. "He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things". Valve saw the likes of Microsoft and Facebook (with the Oculus purchase) attempting to build closed ecosystems in Windows and VR and Valve wanted to head that off at the pass. Or Zuckerberg is saying, 'well I tried to compete in the phones, I got my ass kicked, so I'm going to create this new thing, VR, which will allow me to recreate the kind of closed, high margin ecosystem that Apple's done, '" he said "And that really started to worry us, because we thought that the strength of the PC is about its openness ...

Now that they've invested into more hardware, Valve is back to focusing on games. We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on.

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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