Half-Life 3 Will Never, Ever Be An Exclusive
With the introduction of SteamOS and the reveal of the studios’ entry into the hardware race, you wouldn’t be looked at funny if you suspected that the long rumoured Half-LIfe sequel would end up being an exclusive for the new operating system. I mean, what better way to get people on board than release possibly the most anticipated title of this generation exclusively on your new platform?
According to Valve, that’s never going to happen. With any Valve game in fact.
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In a recent interview with the guys over at IGN, Valve’s Greg Coomer had this to say about the possibility of exclusive SteamOS games.
“You won’t see an exclusive killer app for SteamOS from us. We’re not going to be doing that kind of thing.”
Anne Sweet, also from Valve, agreed with this notation, saying an exclusive title would go against the design philosophy they have, and one they encourage third-party partners to adopt constantly.
“Whenever we talk to third-party partners, we encourage them to put their games in as many places as possible, including not on our platforms. We think that customers are everywhere, and they want to put their games wherever customers are. That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that’s exclusive to SteamOS or Steam machines.”
Coomer also stated that developers, especially those with the funds to create games for various different platforms, should never hesitate to because in the end the gamer always wins. He did however note that this is not always possible, but encouraged those able to make it happen to go for it without hesitation.
“You shouldn’t have to shed that every generation, or even slightly shed it. It would be pretty silly…to limit their game to a certain platform.”
So there you have it, if Valve ever release Half-Life 3 you can rest assured that you won’t be forced to download any alternative operating system or hope that it comes to consoles. Good guy Valve strikes again.
Now just announce reasonably priced Steam Machines, please.