In a recent Reddit AMA session, Gabe Newell, the President at Valve Software, had some interesting insights to share on what’s next for Valve.
To start with, he confirmed that valve is working on new video games, including ‘fully fledged single player games’. He also hinted at the possibility of the game being based in the Half Life universe, if not an outright continuation of Freeman’s adventures.
He was vague on anything directly associated with the Half Life series, specially Half Life 3, stating that ‘the number 3 must not be said’. Also regarding anonymous sources claiming that Half Life 3 will never be made, he sarcastically replied that ‘I personally believe all unidentified anonymous sources on the Internet’.
With regards to games actually in development by Valve, he said that there’s a focus on VR games, and games built on Source Engine 2. “We are continuing to use Source 2 as our primary game development environment,” wrote Newell. “Aside from moving Dota 2 to the engine recently, we are are using it as the foundation of some unannounced products. We would like to have everyone working on games here at Valve to eventually be using the same engine. We also intend to continue to make the Source 2 engine work available to the broad developer community as we go, and to make it available free of charge.”
This might also mean that other popular Valve titles might also be ported over to Source 2, including Counter Strike: Global Offensive & Team Fortress 2. With regards to a new Left 4 Dead game, Newell said that any new games from Valve come with new technology that they want to work around with. He called Left 4 Dead ‘a good place for creating shared narratives’, but eventually confirmed nothing about it’s making and release.
He also talked about improvements being done to their Steam service. You can read the full discussion here.