Valve president Gabe Newell has announced that the company’s hiatus when it comes to developing new games is coming to an end. During a presentation (via PC Gamer), Newell stated that Valve is “going to start shipping games again.”

The presentation was mostly centered around Valve’s new game Artifact, which is to be released sometime this year. However, Newell was sure to clarify that Artifact is “the first of several games” that the company will be putting out going forward.

Newell offered the following statement in regards to what exactly prompted Valve to start picking things up again:

“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.”

In short, Newell believes Valve will thrive in an environment where they have control over both the hardware and the software. Hence, why so much time was taken to perfect the former (i.e. the HTC Vive) before focusing on the latter.

Newell’s lips were mostly sealed when it came to the details of these new projects. However, he did explain in an AMA on Reddit in January of 2017 that Valve is working on a single-player game, as well as three more VR games.


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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.