Gabe Newell Reddit AMA

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Gabe Newell

Valve co-founder and head honcho Gabe Newell took to Reddit to answer some questions from fans about Valve, Video Games and more.

As expected, Newell didn’t go into detail about Half-Life 3, but did confirm that there will be a new IP set in the Half-Life/Portal universe. He also mentioned the Half-Life movie, and gave us some subtle teases about Left 4 Dead 3.

You can see our highlights from the AMA below.

Newell spoke about the Source 2 engine. He also mentioned how he loves Portal 2, and still plays DOTA 2.

I think Portal 2 is our best single-player game. I play Dota 2 the most of our multiplayer games.”

“We are continuing to use Source 2 as our primary game development environment. Aside from moving Dota 2 to the engine recently, we are are using it as the foundation of some unannounced products. We also intend to continue to make the Source 2 engine work available to the broad developer community as we go, and to make it available free of charge.”

He also spoke about Vale’s future, hardware development and how he wants us to play with our minds. 

“The big thing right now is broadening the range of options we have in creating experiences. We think investing in hardware will give us those options.”

“Personally I’m looking at research in brain-computer interfaces.”

“We still need to further improve response times and we are continually working to improve the quality of our responses. We’re also working on adding more support staff in regions around the world to offer better native language support and improve response times in various regions.”

Gabe went into his regrets with Half-Life and also teased Left 4 Dead 3.

When we decided we needed to work on markets, free to play, and user generated content, Team Fortress seemed like the right place to do that. That work ended up informing everything we did in the multiplayer space. Left 4 Dead is a good place for creating shared narratives

“The issue with Half-Life for me is that I was involved in a much higher percentage of the decisions about the games, so it’s hard for me to look at them as anything other than a series of things I regret.

When asked about the development of a two movies set in the Half-life/Portal universe, he simply said:

Yep. They’re coming.”

Newell went into the subject of the lack of communication Valve has had with its community.

“The way we talk about this internally, is that we prefer to communicate through our products. We are all pretty devoted to reading and listening to the community – everyone here believes it is an integral part of their job to do so.”

Finally, Newell stated that the Steam flash sales will no longer be happening.

“We found that really short discounts made it difficult for many people to participate. By removing the flash sales, users can count on finding the best deals whenever they are able to visit the store during the sale.”

Those were the best highlights from the Gabe Newell AMA that happened last night. It you would like to see the AMA in its entirety, you can do so here.