Valve used to be one of gaming’s most acclaimed developers, shipping series like Half-Life and Portal on PlayStation. However, over the past decade it’s increasingly turned its attention to PC-based digital storefront Steam and its roster of competitive multiplayer titles like DOTA 2. But speaking at a press event attended by PC Gamer this week, bigwig Gabe Newell has hinted that more is on the way.
“[DOTA 2-themed card game] Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us,” he told media. “So that's sort of good news. Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again.”
Of course, Newell didn’t detail exactly what we can expect. The company is, of course, knee-deep in the virtual reality space with the HTC Vive, and the executive did suggest that whatever it’s working on may be tied to new hardware initiatives. “The new arrow we have in our quiver, really, is our ability to develop hardware and software simultaneously,” he said.
So does that mean we could see hypothetical Half-Life and Portal threequels on the PlayStation 4 at some point? Don’t get ahead of yourself. Newell’s comments seem to suggest that the company is focused on fusing its newfound hardware expertise with its renowned software development teams, which could rule out consoles entirely.
We can always dream, though, right?