in context: Valve has always been a PC-centric game developer first and forefront with the Xbox 4 / PS3 release of Left 4 Dead Games and Orange Box, despite some isolated forces in the console gaming world. However, this may change soon if anything from the company’s CEO, Gab Nevel, has been commented on recently.
As we have previously stated, Newell has been called a “refugee” in New Zealand for some time as a self-proclaimed Kovid. He acknowledges how the country has handled the virus so far and even discussed the possibility of helping the sports devas relocate to New Zealand to return their cooperation to the office.
To give back to the country for his hospitality, Newell visited Sancta Maria College, NZ in Auckland on Monday to talk with students and answer questions about their profession.
When asked if Steam would port any additional games to the console or focus on the PC, Newell specifically had Interesting response (Thanks to Redditor Odysseic for recording the discussion).
“You’ll get a better idea of it by the end of this year,” the CEO said. “And that won’t be the answer you expect. You’ll say ‘Ah-ha! Now I get what he was talking about.”
It is difficult to determine what Newell might mean with that answer. Apparently, Valve has some sort of plans for console games, but that could mean anything – coming to Steam Console? Is Valve starting a new cross-platform title soon? Will it port an existing game to next-gen devices such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X?
For now, we do not know. Fortunately, based on Newell’s “by the end of this year” acronym, it seems we won’t have to wait long for Valve to answer those questions. When they do, we will report them here, as usual.