If you're currently imagining a dystopic future in which we all nervously salute guards clad in Combine outfits while texting on our Steam-powered phones and breathing the Steam-branded air, calm down. Gabe Newell has no aspirations of heading up his own ill-gotten evil empire. In truth, he'd prefer that Valve forever avoids getting its hands dirty with the greasy innards of some proprietary piece of hardware. However, if it's the “only” way to keep innovation's gears churning, then he won't hesitate to bite that particular bullet.
“Well, if we have to sell hardware we will,” he told Penny Arcade . “We have no reason to believe we’re any good at it, it’s more we think that we need to continue to have innovation and if the only way to get these kind of projects started is by us going and developing and selling the hardware directly then that’s what we’ll do.
“It’s definitely not the first thought that crosses our mind; we’d rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do that. We think it’s important enough that if that’s what we end up having to do then that’s what we end up having to do.”
The newly bearded Newell also noted the Valve hivemind has been abuzz about wearable computers and biofeedback as of late, so – on the off-chance something like this occurred – it probably wouldn't be another cookie-cutter console war competitor.
For now, though, Valve's figurative Swiss army knife that might very well include a Swiss army as one of its many features is but a pipe dream. Instead, Steam and an ever-expanding suite of games are the orders of the day. So then, is Half-Life 2: Episode 3 among them?
“We’re trying to be careful not to get people too excited and then have to go and disappoint them,” he replied when asked about “Episode 3 or Left 4 Dead 3.” “So we’re sort of reacting in the other direction and saying 'okay, well let’s have things a little more baked before we start getting people all excited about it.'”