Valve is making full video games right now. Not just experiments, hats for Team Fortress 2 or characters for Dota 2. Valve’s making three full video games for virtual reality.
The word comes from Gabe Newell, Valve’s founder, during a recent roundtable as reported by Eurogamer.
“Right now we’re building three VR games… When I say we’re building three games, we’re building three full games, not experiments.”
Newell didn’t say what the games were or how they relate to their existing IP. He did, apparently, state that the games are being made with Source 2 and Unity.
Newell had lots to say about VR as the new frontier of gaming
Newell indicated that gamers have been using the keyboard and mouse for so long that he thinks the industry is ready for something new there. That’s where VR comes into play.
“It feels like we’ve been stuck with mouse and keyboard for a reeeaaally long time and that the opportunities to build much more interesting kinds of experiences for gamers were there, we just need to sort of expand what we can do. But it’s not about being in hardware, it’s about building better games. It’s about taking bigger leaps forward with the kinds of games that we can do.”
Newell wants VR to be more than just a novelty, too. He said that Valve got Half-Life 2 running in VR, for instance, but it was just an internal milestone and wasn’t all that compelling.
For VR to be compelling, it needs that completely killer experience. It sounds like Valve’s trying to work on that now.