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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.'"