Valve will re-enter the game making business, so sayeth Gaben

Artifact

Newell's statement doesn't confirm whether the developer has anything lined up after those release, but he did express jealousy at Nintendo's ability to develop both hardware and software simultaneously. He explicitly said that it's "the first of several games" coming from the studio.

Said in classic Newell form (he's known to be a bit cheeky), his commentary definitely did little to dampen that fandom flame.

Valve has one of the most popular digital distribution services in the PC gaming sphere. When Miyamoto is sitting down 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 [will the platform have]. Thy lord Gaben hath descended from on high and proclaimed that Valve will actually be making games again.

Although this is the first confirmation we've had in some time that Valve was working on new software, we have had hints previously that something was in the works. The way Newell sees it, "nobody's going to buy a VR system so they can watch movies", so why would they do it to play the games they've already played?

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As for the identity of these mystery projects, Newell was much more tight-lipped. "That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently".

Valve isn't done with hardware though, but now it'll go "hand-in-hand with software design", meaning you should really keep an eye on what Valve is up to in the coming months.

Geoff Keighley has shared some screenshots from Artifact and stated that while the game will not feature any single-player mode, players will be able to play against AI bots. As such, Artifact will differ from most other traditional collectible card games, mainly because it will feature three "lanes" guarded by a tower at the end. That's four more in addition to Artifact, with a notable focus on custom hardware, so those could be the games he was referring to. However, with those investments done, the company can get back to game development.

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