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User Info: johnny_pay

9 months ago#11
its very simple, when you make a truly great game its almost impossible to make one better. borderlands is a great example. borderlands 1 released, people thought it was great and original. they then make borderlands 2 which was better in every single way, a truly great game. then comes along borderlands the prequel, now the prequel wasnt necessarily a bad game but after the greatness of 2, it wasnt a great game either, it was mediocre.

even rockstar suffers from this. gta 3, vice city and san andreas all got better as they came out and then gta 4 happens. not a bad game but compare it to the previous 3 games each getting better and gta 4 just cant compete. sure 5 is better than 4 but is it really better than san andreas?

User Info: BrokenMachine85

9 months ago#12
Damaged7 posted...
Hanlo_is_back posted...
In short, selling games is cheap, easy and profitable. Designing games is expensive, difficult and not as profitable

Except they know that Half Life 3 would make a huge profit. At least it would have years ago. It would still sell well today but I think people have moved on.

That and it would be pirated to Hell.
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User Info: dennis941012

9 months ago#13
Probably because they are tying all their 3rd games to new source engine in development.
Making and selling game = $
Distributing games = $$
Getting license pay every time their engine is used = $$$$$$$$$
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User Info: monkeysample

9 months ago#14
1. Valve's priority when making games is to innovate and be truly unique. Too many sequels in they probably just run out of ideas for innovating gameplay.

2. They have an insane amount of money from Steam and don't feel the need to take any big risks with their franchises.

User Info: GBGGuy

9 months ago#15
I don't think they actually need to produce any third title for any game. Their two powerhouses, CS:GO and Dota 2, probably need large teams to produce new content for, even disregarding the huge team for the Steam platform, and putting those resources into Half-Life 3 might not be profitable for them.

Yes, they know that releasing Half-Life 3 would make them insane amounts of cash, but producing such a game is a hell of a risk, because if it's not done right, it would permanently damage the brand.

Though I'm really hoping they make it anyway, I don't have much hope. It's like Blizzard and Warcraft IV/Diablo 3.
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User Info: Death_Born

9 months ago#16
Given how little regard they have for overseeing their own storefront (allowing devs like Digital Homicide to run rampant for so long and asset flips/non-"games" to be shamelessly released clogging up the store) it's quite obvious where their priorities lie. They simply don't want to bother making it because they're already making money hand over fist without even doing anything, and until that money supply dries up they won't do anything that forces them to raise a finger more than they are already.

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9 months ago#17
nominturddaddy posted...
They made their last game, even titled it accordingly

That's not entirely true. They wanted the game to be abbreviated to FF because it was both two roman letters and something that could be said in two syllibles in japanese.

Fantasy was obvious, but they didn't know what the other F should be. They wanted to call it Fighting Fantasy, but that was a name already taken and copyrighted by a board game in the UK. So they ended up with Final.

It's not a myth that they were facing bankruptcy but the idea that they were so fatalistic as to announce "This is our last ever game" as the title isn't true. "Anything beginning with an F would have been fine"
So it coulda been called Freaky Fantasy. Or Funky Fantasy. Or Fabulous Fantasy.
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User Info: Sir_Haxor

9 months ago#18
nominturddaddy posted...
They're making loads and loads and loads and loads and loads and loads and loads and loads and loads and loads and loads of money.
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User Info: captsplatter_1

9 months ago#19
Steam, why do work when you can make money sitting doing jack?
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User Info: GunmaN1905

9 months ago#20
CursedPanther posted...
Valve is earning tens of thousand of dollars per day from the Steam Market transaction fee alone.

More like millions.
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