"Hearthstone is a great game", Newell told us during yesterday's presentation.
During a recent presentation for Valve's next title, Artifact, company president and CEO Gabe Newell reiterated the Portal creator's return to the frontlines of game development, and spoke about how its time in the trenches of hardware development has changed its approach to making games.
Newell elaborated that the company's switch in focus from games to hardware and technology following Dota 2's release was an investment to not let PC become a "closed, high margin ecosystem" like Apple's, accusing Microsoft and Facebook of wanting to do just that. The discussions surrounding another Portal game, and more importantly, Half-Life 3 are sure to flare up again now that Valve has officially announced they are moving back into the software space in a larger capacity.
It's impossible for Valve to take about software with fans immediately jumping to Half-Life 3. "Hooray. Valve's going to start shipping games again".
Interestingly, Nintendo's game development prowess was one reason for why Valve made a decision to steer itself down such a winding path. Newell's statement doesn't clarify if there are projects in the works beyond those games, but nature of the statement does seem to indicate that there are things coming we don't yet know about.
Said in classic Newell form (he's known to be a bit cheeky), his commentary definitely did little to dampen that fandom flame. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things.
Valve isn't done with hardware though, but now it'll go "hand-in-hand with software design", meaning you should really keep an eye on what Valve is up to in the coming months. 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. It's nice that Valve will now be making more games, but it's hard to get too excited while there's still nothing to be seen.