Gabe Newell: 'Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again'

Isaac Cain
March 10, 2018

It's odd to finally come to a time when Gabe's company is developing more games, and for the news to feel so underwhelming. If there was only space for one card game, then this would be Valve trying to take the crown from Hearthstone, Blizzard's hugely successful CCG. They are also in charge of Steam, the biggest digital distribution platform on the PC dedicated to video games. Newell's statement doesn't clarify if there are projects in the works beyond those games, but nature of the statement does seem to indicate that there are things coming we don't yet know about.

It should be noted Newell didn't say anything about Half-Life 3, so... He's also mentioned three more VR games on the way.

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"We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo". Steam is the go to gaming client for PC gamers and when the Steam application was put into hardware form with the consoles,'s safe to say that Newell and the team's focus shifted from software to a more hardware-centric bottom line. "He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things". Newell did confirm back in January 2017 during his Reddit AMA that the company is working on fully-fledged single-player games. We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on. "So that is something we've been jealous of, and that's something that you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently". "We aren't going to be talking about it today", he said, "but sort of the big thing, the new arrow we have in our quiver, really, is our ability to develop hardware and software simultaneously". Sure, that means a solid level of production quality when the game eventually releases, but future releases are probably still at least half a decade a way based on Valve's standard development speed.

As for Artifact, reports from the recent presentation reveal that it has incredible production values, will not be a free-to-play (or, according to Newell, pay-to-win), features some unique mechanics not seen in any other card game, and has been secretly designed by Magic the Gathering creator, Richard Garfield.

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