The first game is certainly not what fans hoped for; it's a game called Artifact, a Dota 2-themed card game that was announced past year. The flames of hope for Half-Life 3 are starting to be stoked again with Valve's Gabe Newellhaving announced that Valve is "going to start shipping games again".
It was also revealed during the event that mathematician and game designer Richard Garfield is behind the development of Valve's upcoming card game.
Newell attributed the game's success in part to Valve's ever-expanding hardware and technology research, which he described as an "investment in the future".
Over the a year ago, the popularity of the battle royale genre has seen significant growth, with many popular titles within the genre (such as PUBG and Fortnite) breaking several different records, including those for the highest number of concurrent players and fastest early access game to sell one million units on Steam. What we can tell you is that Gabe Newell is very interested in developing games and hardware so that Valve can have total creative control over the process of making new titles. "We aren't going to be talking about it today", Newell said during the Artifact presentation. "When Miyamoto is sitting down and thinking about the next version of Zelda or Mario, he's thinking what is the controller going to look like, what sort of graphics and other capabilities".
Valve's next game, Artifact, is a free-to-play digital card game for the PC and it will release later this year. It is worth noting that based the project on Dota 2.
No word on Artifact's release date, but it should be out by the end of 2018 and may debut on mobile ion 2019.