Valve, the mega-successful game developer and creator of the Steam VR platform that’s used by the HTC Vive headset, is working on some virtual reality games of its own. In fact, the founder of Valve, Gabe Newell, claims the developer has three VR games in the works.
Previously, Newell had said that Valve was working on new games for the HTC Vive, but in a press briefing attended by Eurogamer and other media outlets this week, Newell confirmed the actual number of VR games that are in development. Newell also confirmed that “we’re building three full games, not experiments”. Valve previously released a small free VR demo in 2016, The Lab.
Valve is using both its own in-house game engine, Source 2, and the third-party Unity engine to create these three new games. Details about those titles were not revealed by Newell this week, although he previously said the company wanted to make VR games that were set in the developer’s popular Portal universe.
Newell also talked about why Valve is embracing VR technology, when many critics still call it a gimmick:
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.
Don’t expect Valve’s new VR games to be just ports of its older titles like Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2. Newell stated that the company actually did turn those games into VR experiences internally but “there was absolutely nothing compelling about it”.
Newell also predicted that the display technology for VR hardware will get much better in the future. In fact, he thinks it will offer higher refresh rates and resolutions than what will be available on PC desktop monitors or phones. The higher resolution VR displays might start popping up in 2018 or 2019, according to Newell.
Are you excited about the prospect of playing not one but three new Valve VR games? Let us know what you think they might be like in the comments! Half Life 3, anyone? 😉