With the success of Steam Deck and Steam’s continued control of the PC gaming market, Valve really doesn’t need to do anything else to become a multibillion dollar company. But fans may remember Valve as the company that made games like Portal, Team Fortress and Half-Life, and they’d be right to wonder when the company would return to dealing with games more than hardware.
Well, don’t worry about your fellow valve heads. In an interview with Famitsu (Across TweakTown), Valve product designer Greg Coomer confirmed that Valve hasn’t given up on game development despite its success with Steam Deck.
“We never stop making games. Valve has a lot of games in development. And we will continue to release games,” Coomer promised (with the help of Google Translate). “Game development is very important to Valve. I don’t know the exact numbers, but the percentage of employees involved in game development is high. Lots of people are involved.”
When asked if Half-Life might be one of the games currently in development, Coomer emphatically confirmed that the franchise would definitely continue, but stopped short of stressing that Half-Life 3 is in active development.
“The short answer is yes, there is more to say about half life,” he said. “Alyx is a sign that Valve has a lot to say about the world.”
Half-Life: Alyx was a game designed to showcase Valve’s mastery of virtual reality and the amazing hardware of the Valve Index. It is possible, then, that a new Half-Life game in development might do the same for the Steam Deck, or possibly be the successor to Steam Deck.
Coomer also mentioned Portal as another world worth “further exploration,” but didn’t say if Portal 3 was also in development.
In other recent news from Valve, Steam is cracking down on major distributors after an independent developer proved that several Steam curators had already resold keys given to them by developers. Several accounts were banned after developer Cowcat proved to Brok the InvestiGator that many of them were fake and only existed for spam developers with requests for Steam keys to resell on third-party sites.
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