Valve Looking For "Dedicated, Talented PS3 Guys"
As most of you know by now, we aren't the biggest fans of Valve Software...primarily because they have egos the size of Montana and have offered lame excuses as to why they won't develop for the PlayStation 3.
And in all honesty, we don't really care if they do; it's not like they pump out 25 games a year; somehow, we'll find a way to survive without Left 4 Dead and the next Half-Life installment. That being said, however, it seems Valve may be coming around to the idea of PS3 development: according to Joystiq, Valve's Doug Lombardi said the studio was "up on the idea" of designing games for Sony's new machine; they just want to wait until they've hired a few decent PS3 coders. He made this statement at the recent Left 4 Dead 2 event in London yesterday, which, by the way, celebrates a game that isn't coming to the PS3. Lombardi cited the Metacritic scores of The Orange Box and how the PS3 version clearly wasn't up to snuff and added:
"...we have to get people under our roof who are dedicated, talented PS3 guys and then all bets are off. We can take the same sort of strides and get the quality out of the box and offer the same support post-launch on that platform, as well."
This is a good sign that Valve may soon announce a project that is destined for the PS3, and this should satisfy fans of the developer. On the other hand, and we hate to beat a dead horse here, but we have to bring your attention to the last Valve statement concerning the PS3. Essentially, they said the PS3 was just "too complex," which we immediately countered with the belief that they didn't have the talent in the studio to handle the intricate machine. Die-hard fans laughed at the idea, but uh...I think we're vindicated now.
7/3/2009 Ben Dutka