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Gabe Newell of Valve Software (Steam) recently spoke to 1 NEWS in New Zealand about everything that has been going on and teased a few fun details. For those who didn't know, Newell has been staying in New Zealand since early 2020 and decided to stay after a holiday when COVID-19 got much worse.

Newell continues to talk very highly of New Zealand, even somewhat jokingly mentioning that some Valve staffers appear to strongly want to move their work over there now too. Newell mentioned why there's no reason other game companies couldn't move to New Zealand, and joked how they're a producer of "not-stupidium" seemingly referring to how well New Zealand has dealt with COVID-19.

The real juicy details though come when, as expected, questions were asked about upcoming games. Newell said very clearly "We definitely have games in development that we're going to be announcing — it's fun to ship games," and that "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.".

When asked about Half-Life 3 and the other usuals, joking about Valve being afraid of the number 3, Newell said directly "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," and that the "nice thing is, by not answering those questions, I avoid the community coming up with new, equally-difficult-to-answer questions.".

It's good to know that the game development fire has been lit under Valve once again. Nice to see they continue to keep Linux in their sights for games too with all their recent games (Artifact, Underlords and Half-Life: Alyx) all having Linux builds, although Alyx is not directly mentioned on the store page for Linux it is available.

What are you hoping their next game announcement will be?

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Quoting: KimyrielleIt's kinda sad when thinking that Valve and Paradox are the last two major publishers still supporting Linux natively...

For me personally it's even more sad, because while I do a lot of business with Valve, I never cared about their own games much. I am just not into shooters (or really anything First Person) and I wouldn't touch that toxic hellhole that's the MOBA community with a ten foot pole, either. And VR is out of the question for me and my motion sickness, too. So unless they're coming up with something dramatically different from what they've done in the past, I am likely not going to care much.

Proton has got to the point where its good enough for most peoples gaming needs. Valve are patching Big blockbuster games with day one patches see cyberpunk Rage 2 and BL 3 so they run on linux.
Fereal have pretty much ditched linux in favour of mobile and switch save from probably annualized total war games.
The other game studios that tried linux support are either under totally new ownership or in IO interactive case they just didnt get the sales they were expecting from Hitman so when they went independent from square and hitman 2 was on the horizon they ditched linux.
Can anyone even remember the last time Ayspr put out a linux game. Metro exodus is apparently still coming to linux nobody has said anything other than yup its still a thing no timetable on it.

Even valve shifted gears remember when they started going after games to have come to linux either via feral or native ports i do i remember the slides Street Fighter 5 Witcher 3 etc Proton love it or hate it is your option for gaming on linux if you want play something thats not indie or not a game from a two decade old engine.
denyasis 22 Jan
Quoting: KimyrielleIt's kinda sad when thinking that Valve and Paradox are the last two major publishers still supporting Linux natively...

For me personally it's even more sad, because while I do a lot of business with Valve, I never cared about their own games much. I am just not into shooters (or really anything First Person) and I wouldn't touch that toxic hellhole that's the MOBA community with a ten foot pole, either. And VR is out of the question for me and my motion sickness, too. So unless they're coming up with something dramatically different from what they've done in the past, I am likely not going to care much.

You might like Portal. I'm in the same boat as you, not being much of a FPS person and have no interest in multiplayer stuff.

It's just slow paced enough that you don't need any twitch skill. More of a puzzle game than a shooter.
slaapliedje 22 Jan
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For the naysayers about VR, check out some of the stuff that is simply sit and play type games.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1XSPGs3uW6E
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cAUkmUk5fgs
Just two great examples where you get beatiful perfect 3d, yet still just play with a controller.

But if you all may recall, Valve had stated a few years ago that they are working on THREE fully VR games. They have only released Half-Life:Alyx. So, sorry gor those that think it is a gimmick, can't/ don't want to afford it, or simply have better things to spebd your money on, Valve really does think that the next level of gaming is VR. They have actually probably spent close to more R&D on it than anyone else, so why wouldn't they try to sell it?
AciD 22 Jan
Quoting: aokamiValve always came up with innovative gameplay [...] team fortress is a masterclass of creating classes in a multiplayer game, and so on and so forth.

Just to set things straight, Team Fortress was created in 1996 as a Quake 1 mod (https://www.moddb.com/mods/team-fortress).
THEN, and only then, Valve hired Cook and Walker to port the modification to their goldsrc engine.

Anyway, Valve is doing great things for the Linux community, so kudos to them.
jordicoma 22 Jan
Quoting: dorronHalf-life 3 incoming...nope, just joking
It will not be half-life 3. Probably half-life 2.9999...
Well, for me half-life it's better than half-life 2 (it's still a good game, but I prefer the first one).
Hope that if they make a new half-life game it's great (and also it's for linux).

ps: It would be great if valve makes half-life 3 exclusive for linux. I'm sure many people will install linux.
Ehvis 22 Jan
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Quoting: jordicoma
Quoting: dorronHalf-life 3 incoming...nope, just joking
It will not be half-life 3. Probably half-life 2.9999...

More likely: Half Life 2 episode 2 part 2
What if Valve does the "Linux only" exclusive game?
I think that would be a good treat for Linux gamers.
Or is it a bad idea?
Quoting: jordicoma
Quoting: dorronHalf-life 3 incoming...nope, just joking
It will not be half-life 3. Probably half-life 2.9999...
Ooo, they could really double down on the "half-life" idea and call it Half-Life 2.718281828

Sorry, math nerd jokes.
slaapliedje 22 Jan
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Quoting: PlutonMasterWhat if Valve does the "Linux only" exclusive game?
I think that would be a good treat for Linux gamers.
Or is it a bad idea?
They won't, Gabe has said time and again that doing exlusives is bad for the industry. On the other hand, their games are exclusive to Steam, so there is that. Even just a few initial months on Linux first would/could be a boost. Especially if they did something like what Liam was suggesting, selling a branded Valve USB stick (they already have a mold for the Steam controller dongles) with a LiveCD Linux distro and the game on it! Get bew customers using Steam, Linux and their new game all at once.
Surprised more companies don't do this simple thing, they could package their all popular method of 'exclusive skins and blah' on the USB drive.
scaine 22 Jan
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Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: PlutonMasterWhat if Valve does the "Linux only" exclusive game?
I think that would be a good treat for Linux gamers.
Or is it a bad idea?
They won't, Gabe has said time and again that doing exlusives is bad for the industry. On the other hand, their games are exclusive to Steam, so there is that. Even just a few initial months on Linux first would/could be a boost. Especially if they did something like what Liam was suggesting, selling a branded Valve USB stick (they already have a mold for the Steam controller dongles) with a LiveCD Linux distro and the game on it! Get bew customers using Steam, Linux and their new game all at once.
Surprised more companies don't do this simple thing, they could package their all popular method of 'exclusive skins and blah' on the USB drive.

I seem to remember general outcry because Valve offered this "exclusive" accessory for running TF2 on Linux, even just once, during a two week period. Windows fanboys (seriously, who are these people?) shouted very loudly in mostly outraged tones that this was unacceptable. Can you imagine if Valve launched a whole new game exclusively for Linux?

I mean, I'd be laughing, for sure. But it would probably genuinely drive a certain kind of muppet to use Epic instead and swear unholy vengeance on Valve for daring to disrespect their wonderful, proprietary, expensive, monopolistic, privacy-abusing operating system.


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