But with Valve's game drought set to finally come to an end with its upcoming trading card game Artifact, we could be seeing even more games from the studio before long. Valve is looking towards Nintendo's approach, in which the game and the system it's played on go hand in hand. He continued to say that "Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us".
Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell says the company is returning to shipping out video games.
As for the company's slow release of games over the last several years, Newell attributes this to focusing on Valve's digital storefront Steam, as well as investing in new hardware innovation.
Back in January 2017 Newell confirmed that Valve was also working on at least one new single-player game during a Reddit AMA.
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.
Speaking during an interview yesterday, Valve's CEO talked about how his company's hardware and software research has helped the games industry. We will have to wait and see if the new games that Newell mentioned will be VR titles, or something different entirely. "That's sort of good news!"
"We aren't going to be talking about it today, but sort of the big thing, the new arrow we have in our quiver, really, is our ability to develop hardware and software simultaneously", he said.
"We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo", Newell said, according to PC Gamer. 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. "That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently". Now that's all out of the way, Valve feels it's in a space where it can flex its creative muscles once more and now has the hardware knowledge to create experiences that are rich and interactive "Now there's pretty much no project in the hardware space that we wouldn't be comfortable taking on", Newell explained.
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