At today’s reveal event for Artifact, Valve made clear their plans to start releasing games again, after years of focusing on the Steam platform and new hardware endeavors. Succinctly, a presentation presided by Gabe Newell said “now we’re going to start shipping games again.”
Half-Life 3 is not confirmed, but feel free to add “Half-Life 3 confirmed” in the comments below.
Newell says they’ve done plenty of work in making other people’s game’s successful, calling out PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – now by far the most popular game on Steam – as a particular example. Valve’s efforts in building the Steam platform and new bits of hardware have been a “bunch of work,” but that work hasn’t resulted in new games.
Valve will continue working on hardware, but this will go “hand-in-hand with software design.” That seems to mean that Artifact’s 2018 release date just marks the start of new game launches from Valve, who haven’t published a standalone title since Dota 2 in 2013, aside from the VR collection The Lab.
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