In a new wide ranging interview with New Zealand outlet 1 News
studio head Gabe Newell has been in NZ since the beginnings of the pandemic, his royal Gabeness touched on that all important question -- "Bro, Half Life 3?"
Naturally he didn't have anything to say about that but with the success of Half-Life: Alyx
we should be seeing more single-player Valve joints in the future.
"Alyx was great — to be back doing single-player games," Gabe tells 1 News. "That created a lot of momentum inside of the company to do more of that." Adding, "We definitely have games in development that we're going to be announcing — it's fun to ship games."
Of course the question of a new non-VR Half-Life or Portal was thrown into the mix, with Gabe doing the usual silent but not silent dance. "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," he said. "Then we'll move on to a new set of questions."
The wide-ranging interview touches on a number of subjects including the possibility of other Valve employees moving to New Zealand in addition to holding the next major DOTA 2 and CS:GO esports tournaments in the country. "It's a realistic possibility and it gets more realistic all the time," Gabe tells 1 News. "I literally could not, if I had to guess when it would be safe to do an in-person tournament anywhere [else] in the world, it would be very hard for me to say that — whereas I think, with a lot of confidence, we'd be able to plan for that in New Zealand."
Gabe also provided his feedback on the troubled launch of Cyberpunk 2077, with a calm and measured tone. "There are aspects of the game that are just brilliant, and it shows a tremendous amount of work," Gabe responds. "It's unfair to throw stones at any other developer, because just getting something as complex and ambitious as that out the door is pretty amazing."
Head here for the full interview