The thing is that Gabe Newell decided to make games again and the reason for that is the success of Nintendo.
Artifact is the first Valve’s game in new games. Yes, it is a card game, but that’s not the point. The thing is that Gabe Newell decided to make games again and the reason for that is the success of Nintendo. The exciting part is that the recently announced game will be first of the many to come.
We’ve always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo. 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.
So, this jealousy pushed Newell to start developing games again. Not the best reason, but it’s good enough for us. It is said that there are at least one single-player experience and three or more big VR titles in the works.
Sort of the big thing, the new arrow we have in our quiver, is our ability to develop hardware and software simultaneously.
You can see that Microsoft was like, wow, how can we make Windows more like that?. Or Zuckerberg is saying, ‘well I tried to compete in the phones, I got my ass kicked, so I’m going to create this new thing, VR, which will allow me to recreate the kind of closed, high margin ecosystem that Apple’s done. And that really started to worry us.
Valve holds a hardware expertise when it comes to making games now, so we can expect great things from the company once again.
Five years ago, we didn’t have electrical engineers and people who know how to do robots. Now there’s pretty much no project in the hardware space that we wouldn’t be comfortable taking on. We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on. So that added to that.
Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us. So that’s sort of good news.
Half-Life 3 confirmed? Not sure, but that’s a possibility now.