Valve's Gabe Newell Says They're Back To Making Games

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Valve is officially back to developing and shipping games.

Gamers might be familiar with the reveal of Valve's upcoming Defense of the Ancients card game "Artifact", which was unveiled at the DOTA 2 "The International" tournament previous year.

The news came directly from none other than the big head honcho himself Gabe Newell during a demo tour of Valve's new DOTA 2-themed digital card game, Artifact.

Valve has been heavily focused on Steam and hardware over the last few years, stretching as far as getting knee deep in one of the best VR headsets on the market with the HTC Vive, but Gabe explained this as "an investment in the future".

However, such sequel theories, especially that of Half-Life, have always been speculated without any developments or announcement to support it.

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Note the plural. New gameS.

Newell says that the studio now has three big VR titles, though we don't know anything about them now. "That's sort of good news!"

Good news for folks still holding out hope that someday Half-Life 3 will actually be confirmed and not just another long-running meme.

He's previously spoken about a singleplayer game and "three big VR games" being in development, but he didn't reveal anything specific or offer updates during Thursday's presentation. 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 [will the platform have]. "That really started to worry us", Newell stressed, "because we thought that the strength of the PC is about its openness.So we started to make some investments to offset that". "So that is something we've been jealous of, and that's something that you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently". What title would you like to see come out of their studio? The discussions surrounding another Portal game, and more importantly, Half-Life 3 are sure to flare up again now that Valve has officially announced they are moving back into the software space in a larger capacity.