Gabe Newell recently climbed out of the Valve money pit that some say give him Ra’s al Ghul-like immortality to announce that Valve will once again make video games.
That news came during a presentation at Valve’s offices devoted to the company’s upcoming CCG game, Artifact. While Artifact wasn’t the Valve video game announcement that some fans were hoping for when it was first revealed, Newell stated that it is only a taste of what is to come.
“Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us,” said Newell. “So that’s sort of good news. Hooray! Valve’s going to start shipping games again.”
That’s the good news. The potentially deflating news is that you might not be too excited about the games that Valve plans to work on. Along with Artifact, the company has previously revealed that they’re working on three new VR projects. If none of those titles sound like they float your boat, you might find comfort in the fact that Newell stated during a Reddit AMA that Valve is working on at least one proper single-player game.
Unfortunately, Valve isn’t saying more about the games they are working on. In fact, we’re not even entirely sure if the games Newell mentioned during the meeting are the same ones that he previously referenced. What we can tell you is that Gabe Newell is very interested in developing games and hardware so that Valve can have total creative control over the process of making new titles. To clarify what he means by that, Newell made an interesting confession.
“We’ve always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo,” said Newell. “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.”
As for Artifact, reports from the recent presentation reveal that it has incredible production values, will not be a free-to-play (or, according to Newell, pay-to-win), features some unique mechanics not seen in any other card game, and has been secretly designed by Magic the Gathering creator, Richard Garfield. Valve also emphasize that it’s not a Dota 2 card game and that the Dota 2 elements are there as a “convenience.”
No word on Artifact‘s release date, but it should be out by the end of 2018 and may debut on mobile ion 2019.