Another piece of evidence has presented itself, indicating that Valve is truly getting back into the business of making video games.
In an interview with IGN, Valve employees stated that they are well aware of the jokes surrounding the company’s lack of “Number 3” titles for fan-favorite franchises such as Half-life and Left 4 Dead. However, they also reinforced previous reports that the studio is shifting its time and focus to developing video games again.
“Now we're in a place where we're able to, as a company, invest and focus a lot more on games again,” stated Artifact programmer, Brandon Reinhart. “The answer to ‘you're just sitting on your butts, sitting on a pile of money, swimming around the gold vault,’ is to not actually do that. To deliver a bunch of high quality games that show we're actually working really hard.”
This is just another addition to a growing list supporting the fact that Valve will be releasing more games in the near-future.
In April, the company acquired Firewatch developer, Campo Santo, with the intention of releasing the studio’s upcoming title, In The Valley of Gods, as a Valve game.
Additionally, Valve still owns the rights to the Left 4 Dead franchise, developed by Turtle Rock Studios. A couple months ago, Senior Level Designer role had been posted on the studio’s website calling for anyone “looking to work on a globally known game franchise,” which gave fans some hope that a new Left 4 Dead game was potentially in the works.
Finally, in November, Valve will be shipping Artifact – the company’s first full game since 2013. While reception for the upcoming trading card game has not been stellar, we can at least see a silver lining in the fact that Valve is making its own games again.
While nothing has been confirmed, all signs are pointing to Valve becoming a major player in the video game development market again. It’s been a long road full of heartbreak for the fans of Valve’s most popular franchises, but hopes are certainly still alive – and possibly even renewed – as Valve commits to more exciting things to come over the next few years.