After a long silence in the gaming scene, one of the country's renowned game developers and digital distribution companies is coming out of its hiatus.
According to a report from PC Gamer, Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve Corporation, confirmed that the company is going to release new gaming titles soon. The announcement came during a recent presentation for the soon-to-be-released Dota 2-themed card game, "Artifact." The Valve boss said that they will start developing new games on top of the current multiplayer titles under their library.
"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," said Newell. Interestingly, the report noted that Newell had already hinted during roundtable interviews that Valve is already working on "three big VR games." He did not clarify, however, if the new games to be developed are the same as the three he previously mentioned.
"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," explained Newell. Furthermore, Newell also touched on the reason behind the company's near five-year hiatus from developing video games. He noted that they opted to focus more on the Steam shop and hardware, like the Steam controller and Steam Link.
He also said that they have "always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo," particularly in the latter's prowess of developing video games side-by-side with hardware like controllers.
He said that Nintendo co-representative Shigeru Miyamoto is able to think of the "next version of Zelda or Mario" while imagining how the controller and the graphics will look like. "That's something we've been jealous of and that's something that you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently," he mentioned.
For now, gamers will have to settle for "Artifact," which is expected to go head-to-head with the likes of "Gwent: The Witcher Card Game" and "Hearthstone," a report from DigitalTrends noted. The difference, however, is that "Artifact" will not be free-to-play. Moreover, a price point is expected to be announced in the coming months, before its projected launching toward the end of the year on PC.