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Submitted by Gwynne Dixon on May 9 2011 - 13:48

Valve's Gabe Newell rubbishes rumours in the most reassuring news so far this year...

Everybody breathe a big sigh of relief: Valve will be making single-player games in the future, according to comments made by the company's Co-founder and Managing Director, Gabe Newell.

Newell made the reassuring comments to a high school student who managed to score an interview with him, and his remarks follow rumours last month that Valve may not be returning to single-player games development following the release of Portal 2. Here's Newell's answer in full:

"I think what we're trying to talk about is, not that we're not doing single-player games. Portal 2 is a pretty good example of what we've learnt over the years in terms of how to create those experiences. It's more that we think we have to work harder in the future; that entertainment is inherently increased in value by letting it be social, by letting you play with your friends and recognising that you're connected with other people. That's the thing that we're trying to say is that single-player is great but we also have to recognise that you have friends and want to have that connected as well.

"So, it's not about giving up on single-player at all," Newell continued. "It's about saying that we actually think there are a bunch of features and capabilities that we want to add into our single-player games to recognise this socially connected gamer. Every gamer has instant messaging; every gamer has all of these different things so, if you pretend that this exists, then you ignore the problems you ought to be taking on. So, it's 'single-player plus' not 'no more single-player.'"

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By: Anonymous

Added:Mon 09th May 2011 14:21, Post No: 16

hey no advertising here "tomtom" lol.

By: freeradical

Added:Wed 04th May 2011 17:17, Post No: 15

And that answer applies to both Toms.

By: freeradical

Added:Wed 04th May 2011 17:16, Post No: 14

Damn straight, Tom.

By: Tom Hampson

Added:Wed 04th May 2011 16:40, Post No: 13

looks like i will be buying this! 

By: tom

Added:Fri 22nd Apr 2011 11:51, Post No: 12

It is just as fantastic as the 10/10 suggests, worth the wait! Quite a lot has gone into the storyline too, and it entire game including puzzles/levels are a fair bit bigger but it doesn't loose anything from it.

By: SegaBoy

Added:Thu 26th Aug 2010 12:39, Post No: 11

It's looking absolutely amazing at this stage.  The only concern I have is the expansion and the demands this places on the design team.

The original Portal was condensed, small rooms where the puzzles were tightly woven.  Portal 2 appears to be on a much larger, grander level and I just hope the puzzles and their solutions don't loose the focus.

Don't want to be walking around aimlessly too much - even if Steven Merchant is providing the comedy in the background.

By: Mickey Dripping Wheeler

Added:Thu 26th Aug 2010 12:31, Post No: 10

Really cant wait for this, couldnt put down the first portal.

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By: fjgh

Added:Fri 20th Aug 2010 04:37, Post No: 9

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By: SegaBoy

Added:Wed 09th Jun 2010 21:22, Post No: 8

h7pe usually I agree with most of what you have to say - but on this one you're so wrong I don't even know where to start :)

By: h7pe

Added:Wed 09th Jun 2010 20:26, Post No: 7

I love the half life games, but i never realy got into portal. Didn't see the point of it

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