There’s still no word on Half-Life 3, but Valve has several new full game in development. The catch? They’re all made for VR.
Valve announced that it intended to invest further in VR at the beginning of 2017, and the latest word from Dan O’Brien—the Vive general manager in the Americas—shows that nothing has changed.
“I manage the relationship with Valve,” O’Brien said in a recent interview with Glixel. “I meet with Valve weekly to talk about everything from what’s happening on new content launching to new product launches to new features and new functions. They are very committed; they are still committed to delivering on that promise [of new VR games].”
O’Brien didn’t comment on what kinds of games are in the works, such as whether they’ll be original concepts or based on Valve’s existing games (such as Portal Stories: VR). We do that they’ll be full games, as opposed to tech demos.
According to Glixel, Valve is currently focused on innovating further within the VR field, changing how players interact with the system and experimenting the current parameters of VR, such as how much space is required to play and what type of controllers are used. O’Brien expressed enthusiasm about the future of VR and Valve’s games.
“I didn’t see any [VR] depression because I saw us growing as a brand and a company,” O’Brien said. “We have new product offerings, new accessories, incredible content from partners and first party titles. I’m feeling very good about VR’s health.”
On top of that, Valve may expand its games to reach a wider audience, commenting that “exclusives are clearly not a good business model at this stage.” In particular, Valve is open to spreading its games to the PlayStation VR.
Valve hasn’t shared any release windows for when its new games will be available. The HTC Vive is currently available for $599 from most retailers.