Valve will begin shipping games again, has been jealous of Nintendo


Excited to see Valve work on something other than hardware for once? Half-Life 3 has become somewhat of a holy grail for gamers. Valve has also lent the Portal property to another couple of games (Bridge Constructor Portal and LEGO Dimensions), hinting that they might want to keep the game and GLaDOS character relevant.

Artifact, a Dota 2 card game, was announced by Valve nearly a year ago through an announcement and short trailer at The International 7. Newell also didn't say anything about any new shooters, so we likely won't be dealing with anything related to Half Life at any point in the future. "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". As such, Artifact will differ from most other traditional collectible card games, mainly because it will feature three "lanes" guarded by a tower at the end.

"Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us", said Newell, according to PC Gamer. It's not clear if this latest announcement is related to those earlier titles, but either way, it's good to know that Valve is back in the game making business proper.

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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. "Now there's pretty much no project in the hardware space that we wouldn't be comfortable taking on".

Interestingly, Nintendo's game development prowess was one reason for why Valve chose to steer itself down such a winding path.

Valve is even a little jealous of companies like Nintendo, with Newell saying: "We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo". We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on. "He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things". "That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently".