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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: scaineI 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.
So . . . the Windows fanboys wanted to proudly display Tux, too? (scratches head)
It might be interesting to release a game into Early Access on Linux, and then to other OSs on full release. (With some defined number of months to spend in Early Access, not a multi-year indefinite duration or anything like that.)
Arten 23 Jan
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.

There is one more posibility for future :-) WSL. Maybe Valve can make game exclusively for linux, but run it under windows in WSL.
slaapliedje 23 Jan
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Quoting: Arten
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.

There is one more posibility for future :-) WSL. Maybe Valve can make game exclusively for linux, but run it under windows in WSL.
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