Did you also just have a double take moment with that headline? Well, this could be it people. The day many of us have been waiting for might finally be closer than we might think. It was interesting to see Bridge Constructor Portal and Artifact dropping out of nowhere, but it’s looking very likely that Valve might be on its way back to please its huge community of fans waiting for sequels with a number ‘3’ in it.
While at a reveal event for Artifact Gabe Newell decided that it was a good idea to very briefly discuss his thoughts on the way forward for his company.
Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us. So that’s sort of good news. Hooray! Valve’s going to start shipping games again.
According to PC Gamer, the lacklustre game releases from Valve was a result of “investing” in the future of their company. In other words – he made sure Steam was going to make them bucketloads of money to develop the games he is referring to now.
He surprisingly also states that it’s due to being “jealous of companies like Nintendo”, who have access to their own hardware, that they changed focus to build their own:
We’ve always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo. When Miyamoto is sitting down and 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. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things. And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he’s designing the software at the same time that’s really going to take advantage of it. So that is something we’ve been jealous of, and that’s something that you’ll see us taking advantage of subsequently.
That said, we’re still not quite sure if we want to believe him. He’s hurt us one time too many times and only seeing is believing with the beloved franchises we’ve been waiting for. If this is another carrot on a stick we might just cut his life in half (sorry).