Gabe Newell, owner of Valve, the company behind the legendary game series such as Half-Life, Portal, CSGO, Dota, etc and owner of the world’s biggest digital game distribution platform Steam recently said in an interview that “Valve has games in development that we’re going to be announcing soon.”
After the success of Half-Life Alyx, Gabe has finally opened up about the possibility of more games to be coming in the future. In an interview with TVNZ, Valve’s boss Newell confirmed that “we definitely have games in development that we’re going to be announcing – it’s fun to ship games. [Half-Life: Alyx] was great – to be back doing single-player games, that created a lot of momentum inside of the company to do more of that.”
For the past decade, Gabe has been receiving questions from fans about the next sequels for two of Valve’s most popular franchises — Portal and Half-life. While Valve has plans for more games, the boss himself didn’t specify what games are in the works. When asked by the reporter of 1 News, he said
“I’ve successfully not spoken about those things for a long time and I hope to continue to not talk about them until they are moot questions. Then we’ll move on to a new set of questions. The nice thing is, by not answering those questions, I avoid the community coming up with new, equally-difficult-to-answer questions.”
When asked about what’s the rumored Valve project known as “Citadel”, Gabe replied, “We have a bunch of code names — are you referring to a code name?”. He said, “I don’t know what ‘Citadel’ is — what is Citadel?”. According to him, Valve doesn’t believe in sticking to a single name for internal projects. Internally the company has a bunch of different names for the same project and they change names over time as more progress is made on the said project.
Gabe pleased with the reception Half-Life Alyx received from the community. According to him shipping games is fun and with the success of Alyx, they were able to turn the momentum around inside the company with more developers now willing “to be back doing single-player games” and “to do more of that.”
Last year was big for Valve, Steam broke its all-time user records several times, and the release success of Half-Life Alyx meant that the Half-Life series is still in demand among fans, even after 15 years of lull fans were still eager to get their hands-on HL3.