Well it seems the fading cries for Half Life 3 may have finally permeated the walls of the Valve offices, with the recent announcement that the company is returning, once again, to making video games. At Valve’s offices in Bellevue, Washington, Gabe Newell reiterated that Valve is getting back into developing new games beyond its current roster of multiplayer titles.

After being asked about Valve’s focus on Steam and hardware during the past several years, he described it as “an investment in the future” and of the announcement of their first new game Artifact, “only a taste of what is to come. Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us, so that’s sort of good news. Hooray! Valve’s going to start shipping games again.”

Valve’s Gabe Newell says the company is jealous of Nintendo’s ability to create hardware and software together

“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.”

Early screenshot from Artifact - Credit: Valve
Early screenshot from Artifact – Credit: Valve

As for the Dota card game Artifact, early reports highlight some unique mechanics not seen in any other card game, and has been secretly designed by Magic The Gathering creator, Richard Garfield. No announcement of a release date yet, but it would be safe to assume that Valve would be aiming for the end of 2018 for PC, and perhaps other platforms / mobile in 2019.

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