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Valve is back to making games according to Gabe Newell

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Half-Life 3, Portal 3, Left for Dead 3, Team Fortress 3…

That’s just some of the sequels we’ve been waiting for from Valve for a very long time. Let’s face it, it feels like Valve has only focused on Steam and the esports titles they already have for a very, very long time. Sure, they did announce Artifact, a Dota 2 card game, which received a terrible reaction from the community and, well, who could blame us all?

Well, Geoff Keighley, the producer and creator of The Game Awards, visited Valve’s brand new office in Bellevue recently to learn more about Artifact (check out the information lower in this article), and came back with some other news that might give a lot of fans hope. The co-founder and president of Valve, Gabe Logan Newell (aka GabeN), told Geoff Keighley that Valve is back to making and shipping games, as revealed in this Tweet.  

Further, Mr Keighley said that: “Gabe said that future games will combine development of software alongside hardware, similar to how Nintendo designs hardware systems to bring new gameplay ideas to life.” - Source

Honestly, that’s extremely exciting news and although I’m not sure which hardware will be developed alongside Valve titles, just the knowledge that Valve is making games again really does make one smile. Speaking of new Valve games,  details and a few screenshots of Artifact was also shared.

Artifact details

There is quite a bit of information about Artifact floating around, and we know the game is set to release this year and that it is being tested at the moment. Mr Keighley revealed the following about the Dota 2 card game:

Here are some of the first images of Artifact - a collaboration with Magic creator Richard Garfield and set in DOTA universe. 280 cards, 44 heroes, ‘three lanes’ of gameplay and some adorable imps.

Mr Keighley continued:

I spent over an hour playing the game with the team -- the three lanes of play add another whole layer of strategy, you have to take down towers in 2 out of 3 to achieve victory. An incredible amount of depth already.”

Artifact Screenshots      

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It remains to be seen how the community will react to the game when it gets released to the public or more people get a chance to play it, but it does look quite interesting and beautiful running on the Source 2 engine.

What do you think about GabeN’s saying Valve is back to making and shipping games and which game do you hope to see from Valve after the release of Artifact? Let us know in the comment section below.

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