Is Valve Done with Single Player Games?

Half Life 2 Episode 2

Interesting. I’m not sure if you guys have heard about Geoff Keighley’s The Final Hours of Portal 2 app for the iPad, but it sounds like a fascinating look into the development of Portal 2, particularly the last few weeks before it was done. Keighley was given a staggering amount of access to Valve, much like when he covered the Final Hours of Half-Life 2, and I’ve heard the results are phenomenal.

On top of being a remarkable piece of journalism, it seems that Keighley reports on a few choice remarks from Gabe Newell himself, particularly about the future of Valve when it comes to single player gaming. Apparently, Here’s what Keighley had to say:

“Portal 2 will probably be Valve’s last game with an isolated single-player experience… What this all means is something Newell is still trying to figure out.”

Apparently, he heard this from Newell during his time at Valve. Considering Valve’s track record seems to be skewing towards more multiplayer and co-op focused games, it doesn’t surprise me that much. However, it does make me curious about what the future could hold for a title like Half-Life 2: Episode 3…

So what do you guys think about this quote and about its implications? Is it just the gaming press getting out of hand? Or could you see there being something to this idea? It should be noted that Valve allowed Keighley to publish whatever he wanted with no limitations as soon as Portal 2 was done, so it’s very likely that he did in fact hear this straight from Gabe’s mouth.


Source – Kotaku

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3 thoughts on “Is Valve Done with Single Player Games?”

  1. I don’t like the idea of “without an isolated single-player experience”… I mean, I don’t mind having co-op and multi-player in there, especially when the co-op campaign is completely independent of the single-player. But please, please oh please, don’t throw us away. We need well written and engaging stories to finish!

    Half-Life 3 being all co-op? That’d be a risk… Maybe a risk worth taking after playing Portal 2.

  2. That wouldn’t surprise me if that was true. Though, I think if it was, there would still be episode 3, because you cannot make such awesome games as half life 2 and portal which share the same universe and time line, and then cut out the most anticipated game there has ever been.

  3. I Hope not. But Co-op in Half Life 2 episode 3 would be awesome one play as Gordon and another as Alex or dog maybe

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