Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell says the company is returning to shipping out video games.
“Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us, so that’s sort of good news. Hurray! Valve is going to start shipping games again,” Newell said, according to IGN.
Valve, which has focused on its existing games and Steam’s software and VR and controller hardware, has not released a new standalone game since Dota 2 back in 2013. The news was delivered alongside a presentation for the Dota 2-themed card game Artifact, PC Gamer reported.
The announcement also sparked fan theories that Valve would release sequels for some of its most popular games including the Half-Life, Left 4 Dead and Portal franchises.
Half Life 3. Please, Gabe. PLLLLEEEAAASSSEEEEE. https://t.co/naHNNQAsSp
— Jessica Chobot ✨ (@JessicaChobot) March 9, 2018
Valve just announced they are going to be shipping games again. I know people want Half Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 but all I can think about… Portal 3, when?
— Simon Heijnen (@LowkoTV) March 9, 2018
HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED https://t.co/faX0qwUxvz
— Lara Lunardi (@LaraLunardi) March 9, 2018
However, such sequel theories, especially that of Half-Life, have long been speculated without any developments or announcement to support it.
Newell noted that the move was influenced by Nintendo’s ability to work on hardware and new games.
“We’ve always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo,” Newell said, according to PC Gamer. “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, and he can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things.”
Source:: Time – Technology