Gabe Newell Is Overjoyed At Valve Making Games Again, But With Artifact, Not Half-Life

Gabe Newell has talked about how excited he is at Valve making games again, now that they've gotten the expertise to develop both hardware and software.

Gamers might be familiar with the reveal of Valve’s upcoming Defense of the Ancients card game “Artifact”, which was unveiled at the DOTA 2 “The International” tournament last year. The game became memetic immediately mainly for the crowd-spanning groan of disappointment that came after the reveal, but we have Valve making games again.

Gabe Newell made a statement today at a presentation for Artifact that showed his excitement at Valve being able to make games again, but many gamers think that this is a very long overdue return to form for Valve.

Half Life 3 has been eagerly awaited ever since Half Life 2 Episode 2 came out, and with rumors that the game has been cancelled for the foreseeable future and at least one reading of the game’s script, many gamers are really wanting Valve to stop working exclusively with Steam and actually start to make games again.

According to Gabe Newell, Valve making games again comes from the studio finally having the expertise and hardware to be able to start developing games again, which was the reason behind them investing in hardware like the HTC Vive and the Steam VR headsets. However, with those investments done, the company can get back to game development.

Newell says that the studio currently has three big VR titles, though we don’t know anything about them currently. Newell also didn’t say anything about any new shooters, so we likely won’t be dealing with anything related to Half Life at any point in the future.

Hopefully that doesn’t mean that we’ll never be seeing a continuation to the Half Life story, but right now we should just be thankful that we have Valve making games again, instead of mainly focusing on Steam. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about Artifact, look further around the site.

Hunter is senior news writer at He is a long time fan of strategy, RPG, and tabletop games. When he is not playing games, he likes to write about them.