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News video games 03 March 2022, 12:16

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Valve Makes More Games; New Versions of Steam Deck Possible

Valve is thinking about more than just the next versions of Steam Deck. The company is also busy working on new games.

Valve's latest game isn't among the longest titles ever released, but that hasn't stopped it from gaining praise from Steam users. Fortunately Aperture Desk Job is not the last title planned by the company. Designer Greg Coomer assured that Valve is working on many interesting games.

Steam Deck - future and laborious game verification

Coomer mentioned the company's new games in an interview with Axios. However, it was only one of many issues raised during the conversation, which was mostly about Steam Deck.

  1. The designer mentioned a bit about the elements considered by Valve to be crucial in designing the device, including the size of components (screen, battery, etc.) and compatibility with games.
  2. Verifying games is quite a challenge for Valve - so far it hasn't even verified two thousand of the more than 50 thousand titles available in the Steam catalog. That's why the company is wondering if it should come up with some way to speed up the whole process.
  3. As for the further development of Steam Deck, Valve is thinking not only about a successor device, but also on an "upgrade model" with "monolithic updates". For now, the company doesn't have a fully developed plan.

Valve is preparing "exciting" games

Valve may have made a name for itself as the creator of many iconic games, but in recent years it's easy to forget that. Since 2013, we've only received mobile ports and three titles: the quickly abandoned Artifact, limited to VR headsets Half-Life Alyx and the aforementioned (and very short) Aperture Desk Job. There have also been no announcements.

However, Coomer assures that Valve is working on a number of very interesting games:

"There are a lot of games currently in development at Valve, and I think they are very interesting titles."

Unfortunately, that's all he had to say on the subject. From there, we know that Alyx was supposed to end the "narrative limbo" of the Half-Life series and rumors from a year ago mentioned two new installments in the series. It's likely that devs at Valve are also working on something completely new, and certainly without the "3" in the title.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).