“Hooray! Valve’s going to start shipping games again.”

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 company’s upcoming Dota 2 card game, Artifact. Newell called Valve’s focus on Steam and Hardware “an investment in the future,” but said that Artifact is just the beginning.

“Artifact is the first of several games  that are going to be coming from us,” he said. “So that’s sort of good news. Hooray! Valve’s going to start shipping games again!”

Just what those projects are aside from Artifact, Valve isn’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.

“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,” he said.

Article source: https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/03/10/valve-making-games-again-probably-not-halflife-3/