The number three has long plagued Valve, with Left 4 Dead, Portal, Team Fortress and most famously, Half-Life all still on their first sequel. The internet community continually has fun linking unrelated subjects to the confirmation of Half-Life 3, and today Valve are really baiting their fans in teasing that starting Monday, they will be making three announcements across three days next week.
A few days ago Gabe Newell hinted that the Steam Box console might be unveiled next week, which now seems almost a certainty. Specifically the announcements will pertain to “the steps we’re [Valve are] taking to make Steam more accessible on televisions and in the living room” with each announcement being revealed via the Steam website. That seems to all but confirm the Steam Box, but it leaves some questions unanswered.
Specifically, why would the announcements have 3 parts and also, what form will Steam in the living room take beyond a computer-like console that plays Steam in Big Picture mode? Are we going to learn more about Valve’s new Family Sharing service? Will it be a console, the likes that could gate crash the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch party? Will it be a device that streams Steam from your computer to your TV? Could both a streaming device and console both be announced? For now, there are only questions and speculation.
In the past, Gabe Newell has talked extensively about bringing the PC into the living room, specifically via streaming. During his keynote speech at D.I.C.E. last year, he talked at length on the very subject. That seems to make a streaming device a probable announcement. Whether Valve also announces a separate console on top of that remains to be seen.
There is already a lot of conjecture surrounding the announcements, with many speculating (hoping) at least one of the three announcements will be a new game from Valve. On one hand, it doesn’t seem so. As mentioned, Valve has said that the announcements will be centered around making “Steam more accessible on television and the living room.” For the moment, it seems that these reveals will only be regarding Steam as a service and making it available on more devices.
On the other hand, announcing a third installment to one of their most famous franchises could be a big part of selling a new device to a huge audience, especially if it was exclusive to Steam or better yet, bundled with the Steam Box. Could we be on the verge of an announcement that the internet has been making jokes about for the best part of a decade? Is the rumored Left 4 Dead 3 finally going to surface? Could GLaDOS be terrorizing Chell once more in Portal 3? Right now there are more questions than answers so fans will be forced to play the waiting game over the weekend.
Fun fact: This will make 3 announcements on the 9th month of 2013. 9 ÷ 3 is 3 so…
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