"We aren't going to be talking about it today", Newell said, "but sort of the big thing, the new arrow we have in our quiver, really, is our ability to develop hardware and software simultaneously". After so many years of radio silence, it had seemed for a while as if Valve had entirely abandoned video game development entirely.
It's unusual to finally come to a time when Gabe's company is developing more games, and for the news to feel so underwhelming.
While Newell did not go into the specifics of these unannounced games, in previous talks, he had said that the studio was working on three full VR games. According to Gabe Newell (via PC Gamer), PUBG is the third highest earning game ever on Steam.
Of course, Newell didn't detail exactly what we can expect.
So why did Valve back away from game creation? However, with those investments done, the company can get back to game development.
To do so, it released mini PCs known as Steam Boxes, developed the TV-style Steam Big Picture and worked with HTC to bring the open SteamVR platform to the masses with the HTC Vive.
Note the plural. New gameS.
Valve is even a little jealous of companies like Nintendo, with Newell saying: "We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo". Excited to see Valve work on something other than hardware for once? "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". We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on.
"You can see that Microsoft was like, wow, how can we make Windows more like [Apple]?"
Perhaps it'll be different when these titles finally release, but considering the hype that already circulates around "Half Life 3", it'll be very hard for this game to live up to expectations if it ever does reach store shelves. As a card game with a $1m competitive tournament attached to it for its first year, this is purely a play into Hearthstone's territory now Valve has smashed the MOBA market with DOTA 2 - Valve's last game. And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he's designing the software at the same time.