Ever since the release of Half-Life, Valve has been a major contributor in the gaming world, however, many are starting to question their ability to produce. So what has Valve been up to since their most recent release of Portal 2 in 2011?
Believe it or not, Valve has actually been extremely busy since the release of the Orange Box in 2007. They have released Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, and Alien Swarm, a top-down shooter, with all being successful. While Valve fans have seen four games in the past four years, they are still frustrated with the lack of updates on the production of what could arguably be the most anticipated video game of all time, Half-Life 3. With nothing except Easter eggs in bits of coding or advertisements for other games, Valve hasn’t spoke of HL3 for quite some time. But this lack of explanations doesn’t mean that Valve has been laying dormant for almost a year. Since the release of Portal 2, they have announced and opened the beta for Counter Strike: Global Offensive, the sequel to Counter Strike: Source, and they have also opened the beta for Defense of the Ancients 2. Both are getting almost weekly updates and have had positive feedback from almost all of the players. This still doesn’t give Valve an excuse to not at least let the people know what is going on with HL3, but there is something that may explain the delay.
In the past several months, there has been a lot of speculation about exactly what is going on inside Valve’s Seattle headquarters. The idea that Valve may be developing their own hardware was floating around until Gabe Newell (Founder and CEO of Valve) denied it and also suggested the idea of a PC keynote at E3, the biggest event in the the video game world, which may be a follow up to his unexpected appearance at the Sony press conference in 2010 to announce Portal 2, however, the idea of a Valve made console has resurfaced. In the last couple of months, Valve has hired several people who have had a huge impact on the computer and gaming worlds; Jeri Ellsworth, who has created the C-one, a single board computer based off of the Commodore 64, and Michael Abrash, who worked on Quake, the game that started it all, and has reported that he has started working on “wearable Computing”, which is similar to the Google Glass project, in his official blog on Valve website found here. Between Valve hiring people who are more experienced in hardware, and the blog post about “wearable computing”, it seems very likely that Valve could be in the process of creating their own console.
This idea of Valve creating their own console should mean a lot to the fans waiting for HL3, because we all know that when a company creates a new console, they always have a game for it that is from their biggest franchise.