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Valve has officially confirmed that they’re working on several virtual reality games.
Company president Gabe Newell had an interview with Eurogamer recently and announced the news. He confirmed that the company is working on three VR titles and emphasized that they were “full games, not experiments”. The three new games are being developed in Source 2 and Unity like with Valve’s previous games.
While he didn’t confirm anything about these upcoming games, they will be full games. These games are apparently different to Valve’s free game ‘The Lab’ which is available for the HTC Vive.
Newell explained in the interview that the team did port Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress to VR. However, this was purely for them and they have no plans to release VR versions of these games. According to Newell, VR isn’t a gimmick and will provide more “interesting kinds of experiences for gamers”. This confirms that the three new titles will be brand new games and not VR ports of their previous titles such as Portal or Team Fortress.
In the interview, Newell also adds that he believes virtual reality will change a lot in the next few years. He believes that the platform will become much more advanced in 2018 – 2019 and he’s interested in the high-end of VR gaming. This suggests that the new Valve projects will be high-end games for the VR platform. Gamers with a low-end computer may be unable to run these games when they’re released.
It’s uncertain when Valve will release more news about these three games. It’s possible that the developer will reveal one or more later this year at E3 2017 during the PC Gaming Show. More news about these upcoming titles should be released later this year and we’ll update you as soon as we know more about the situation.