Remember way back when Valve used to be a video game company instead of a hardware producer, storefront, and e-sports curator? Pepperidge Farms remembers. It seems so long ago that that meme almost works. But it seems time is circular, not linear, and Valve is getting back into game development.
Valve boss Gabe Newell spoke this week at a presentation for the companyâ€™s upcomingÂ Dota 2Â card game,Â Artifact. Newell called Valveâ€™s focus on Steam and Hardware â€œan investment in the future,â€ but said thatÂ ArtifactÂ is just the beginning.
â€œArtifact is the first of several gamesÂ that are going to be coming from us,â€ he said. â€œSo thatâ€™s sort of good news. Hooray! Valveâ€™s going to start shipping games again!â€
Just what those projects are aside fromÂ Artifact, Valve isnâ€™t yet saying. Newell hinted last year that the company is working on a single player game and some titles for the Vive headset it co-developed with HTC.
Hardware seems to be a major part of game development for the company at this point, which Newell reiterated a few times.
â€œWe arenâ€™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,â€ he said.