Setting aside Valve’s VR mini-game collection The Lab, it’s been over three years since the once mighty games developer released its last full-fat video game—the e-sports MOBA Dota 2. Its last single-player, story-driven game, Portal 2, was released in 2011. So expectations have been low for the announcement of any new Valve games, with even the fabled Half-Life 3 relegated to mere Internet meme.
It comes as something of a surprise, then, to hear Valve confirm it isn’t just working on one new game—it’s working on three. Moreover, while all three games are being developed specifically for VR, they won’t be short, throwaway experiences like those in The Lab. They are, according to Valve founder and padre to PC gaming Gabe Newell, “full games.”
“Right now we’re building three VR games,” Newell told reporters at a roundtable discussion at its offices in Seattle. “When I say we’re building three games, we’re building three full games, not experiments.”