With a historical past of growing among the best video games ever made—Half-Life, Portal, Counter Strike, Group Fortress, to call a couple of—the VR area has excessive hopes for the three VR video games that the corporate has confirmed it’s growing. However some have taken latest layoffs as an indication that Valve’s curiosity in VR is waning. Valve head Gabe Newell just lately took his to inbox to reply some questions, together with affirming that the corporate remains to be engaged on its VR titles.
It was only a few weeks in the past that Valve confirmed that it had laid off 13 full time staff and an undisclosed variety of contractors. The layoffs are believed to have largely impacted the corporate’s VR group.
Valve maintained that the layoffs don’t “characterize any main modifications on the firm,” however that didn’t cease followers from writing on to Valve head Gabe Newell for reassurance.
Valve Information Community, a YouTube channel centered on the corporate, just lately collected a handful of e mail responses from Newell and summarized them in a video. A number of of the emails pertained to VR particularly.
One easy e mail received a suitably easy response:
Q: Hello Gabe, are the three VR titles nonetheless coming?
One other e mail went right into a bit extra element about Valve’s trendy method to sport design:
Q: Is is correct to say that Valve is making a shift (even when a minor one) away from growing software program/sport titles in favor of growing ?
A: We consider it as rising the vary of design decisions which might be out there to make use of as sport builders.
If you’re a mod, you’re restricted to the alternatives of your host sport.
If you’re a sport, you’re restricted to the alternatives of your engine.
And so on…
By with the ability to design on the similar time we’re designing a sport, we expect we will construct higher video games. Hopefully that is extra apparent when Knuckles ships.
Knuckles EV3 | Picture courtesy Valve
The final a part of Newell’s e mail means that Knuckles—the corporate’s next-gen VR controllers which have been in improvement for years—will ship with at the least certainly one of Valve’s VR video games.
Though Valve has been rather more open in regards to the progress of Knuckles within the final yr, the corporate has steered away from speaking in regards to the video games they’re constructing alongside them. The truth that Knuckles appear in some ways to be full, however that Valve nonetheless hasn’t hinted at a launch date, additional means that the discharge could also be dictated extra by the video games that Valve is engaged on than the controller .
Valve first confirmed its work on three VR video games again in February, 2017, and on the time described them as “three full [VR] video games, not experiments.” That signifies that the corporate has been engaged on the video games for at the least two years now.
As with the newer e mail, Newell had on the time additionally defined the corporate’s perception in constructing and software program collectively.
“One of many questions you may be asking is ‘Why on the planet would you be making ?’ What we will do now could be we might be designing on the similar time that we’re designing software program,” Newell stated, in response to Eurogamer. “That is one thing that [Nintendo’s] Miyamoto has at all times had. He’s had the flexibility to consider what the enter gadget is and design a system whereas he designs video games. Our sense is that it will really permit us to construct a lot better leisure experiences for individuals.”