Valve, the games company that has given us Half Life, Portal and DOTA, hasn’t made a full release game since 2011. Since their distribution platform Steam has become ubiquitous with PC gaming, it makes sense that they haven’t been that interested in game production. However, this might change. Gabe Newell, founder and head of Valve, has just wrapped up a Reddit AMA. His responses were short and to the point, but seemed to hint at something big. Valve might finally release a new game. More importantly, this game might well be a full VR title.
Valve and VR
Oculus might well be credited with bringing mainstream interest back to VR, but Valve has done a lot to push the technology. Their technology is what powers the HTC Vive. Furthermore, the creation of a VR-only section of Steam has helped push the sales of new VR titles. However, they have only been interested in the distribution of VR titles and the software that powers headsets. That is, until today’s Reddit AMA.
Newell’s AMA responses are very short, often monosyllabic. Getting much workable information out of the man is very difficult. However, a few tidbits have been gleaned from more persistent askers. For example, one user asked about the future of Valve as a whole. This is what Newell has to say:
“The big thing right now is broadening the range of options we have in creating experiences. We think investing in hardware will give us those options. The knuckles controller is being designed at the same time as we’re designing our own VR games.”
This might not seem like much, but the last throwaway sentence is huge. Newell has essentially confirmed that Valve is working on their own VR titles. That is not all. He also said this when asked about if Valve is interested in making full VR experiences:
“Yes. We think VR is pretty important as a tool for interesting games.”
Is it Half Life 3?
Some parts of the internet might start thinking that this could finally be Half Life 3. There were rumours about this as far back as July last year if you remember. This is very unlikely, though. It will likely be something completely different. Or it could be another Portal. The simple answer is that we have no idea and likely will not know until Valve is ready to tell us. At the very least, rest assured that we will have another full-length VR title to look forward to after Fallout 4.