mystery8 wrote on Jan 11, 2014, 00:14: It seems like they're so shell shocked (still) about Half-Life 2's shenanigans that they won't even announce anything until its ready to go.
The interview is full of non-information and does kinda come off as a bit indifferent. We've been waiting years and years and just silence.
Years and years go by as we wait for something of Episode 3 or a full Half-Life sequel. And what we get is Steam OS, Steam Box, more and more Steam stuff. Which is all good, sure.
But I'm starting to wonder if what my friend said last year is true.
Valve isn't a game developer anymore.
I sure hope that's not the case.
Steam is the money maker at the company so that's where they focus a lot of their time and energy. Gabe wasn't pissed at Windows 8 because it's a shitty OS, he was pissed because Microsoft made the first step to setting up it's own digital distribution network which would have cut Steam out of the picture. If not for that Valve would never have brought Steam to Linux and the SteamOS wouldn't exist. Everything that Valve does now is about cash flow and making it easier on themselves for cash to flow to them.
Besides, judging by what they've done with DOTA 2 and TF 2 I would say that Half-life 3 is probably a non-starter at the company now. If you can't endlessly monetize a game by selling hats and other digital crap to people dumb enough to buy them then it's not a game worth making.