Last month, Gabe Newell held a Reddit AMA, and he discussed quite a few things Valve was working on. Slipped into the answer was a confirmation that Valve was working on developing new games. More specifically, they were working on VR games. Now, there has been an official confirmation. Valve held a press briefing in their Seattle offices 9 February. Details are scarce right now, but there is one thing for sure: Valve is making another game.
Valve coming back to game development
Valve invited several games news outlets into their headquarter in Seattle as part of a roundtable on VR. Gabe Newell spoke about a great many things, including Valve’s experimentation with VR hardware. Gamasutra, who attended the event, made a note of a particular quote that Newell gave the media:
“So one of the questions you might ask us is ‘Why in the world are we making hardware?’ So right now, we’re building 3 VR games. And what we can do now is to be designing hardware at the same time that we’re developing software. This is something that Miyamoto has always had, right? [Miyamoto] has had the ability to think about what the input devices & the design of systems should be like while he’s trying to design games. Our sense is that that’s going to allow us to actually build much better entertainment experiences for people.”
Newell has just confirmed that Valve’s interest in working with VR hardware is not limited to just making money off the hardware. It was to help the design of their own VR games. After the conference, Gamasutra did get confirmation that Valve is not just making experiments or short experiences in VR. Whatever Valve goes on to publish will be full on game titles in VR. More specifically, these games will be made with both Unity, which is almost synonymous with VR development now, and the Source 2 engine.
What are the games?
Right now, no one knows what these games will be. Newell and co may well continue to work within the universe they created with Half Life and Portal, or they might not. Their last full game was DOTA 2, which released in 2013. If there could be anything which could win over the remaining gamers who haven’t gotten a VR headset yet, this news might well be what pushes them over. Just a warning, though, it is very very unlikely to be Half Life 3.