Gabe Newell: “We’re back to making and shipping games”

According to a series of tweets by producer Geoff Keighley, Gabe Newell has announced that Valve is ready to step back into the games industry as a game developer. Keighley also shared several concept art and screenshots of Valve’s upcoming card game Artifact.

Back in January 2017 Gabe Newell had a AMA on Reddit where he responded with a simple “Yes.” to the question “Is Valve still working on any fully-fledged single player games?” The Source 2 engine was officially announced by Valve in the 2015 Game Developers Conference and it has since been used to upgrade Dota 2.

This long intermission between their single-player games is not new: in between Half-Life and Half-Life 2 Valve spent six years releasing multiplayer-only games based on mods, with the couple of Half-Life expansion packs by Gearbox thrown in for good measure. They took their sweet Valve Time to work on the Source engine that made Half-Life 2 groundbreaking.

Hopefully Artifact is only a flexing of their creative muscles from here on.

Written by: Richard Costa

Ape meets keyboard. Hack for hire, recovering academic and RPG enthusiast who started gaming on MSX in the late 80s, then witnessed the glorious 90s on PC. Probably would eat your flesh in a survival situation.

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