They will soon be releasing a Dota 2-themed card game called Artifact, however, and Valve president Gabe Newell - who still can't count to three - said some promising things during a presentation for the game on Thursday.
As for the company's slow release of games over the last several years, Newell attributes this to focusing on Valve's digital storefront Steam, as well as investing in new hardware innovation. Take a look at the gallery of screenshots below, along with some of the card art for the game. Not necessarily because the franchise was the best franchise to have ever existed, but because on some level we know we're never going to get it, so we want it even more.
No, there was no news on Half-Life 3, but if Valve comes back to software development and publishing, there's still a sliver of hope left. "So we started to make some investments to offset that".
That's games, plural: Artifact isn't the only game Valve is working on. During the Reddit AMA back in January 2017, Newell said that Valve is working on at least one other fully-fledged singleplayer game.More news: Mario invades Google Maps to help you avoid bananas while driving
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It seems that Gabe and crew are looking to emulate a bit of the Nintendo philosophy concerning the harmony of both software and hardware creation.
"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", explained Newell. "That's something we've been jealous of, and that's something you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently". 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? We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on.
It should also be pointed out that there's now a Half-Life crossover with Final Fantasy XV in the form of a special outfit if you got the Windows Edition of the game through Steam. As far as their next huge leap in gaming, we'll just have to be patient to find out!