Valve Reconsidering PlayStation 3 Development?
Valve has been notorious for slandering and generally ignoring the PS3 since about the time it has been released. The last title to hit the PS3 was the Orange Box, which had actually been outsourced to EA to get it running on the PS3 (with inferior results). They openly claimed that they wanted to get games out there to be enjoyed and not have to worry about the “technical mumbo jumbo” (from IGN) of the PS3’s architecture.
Well, Valve is now considering developing for Sony’s console. Left 4 Dead writer, Chet Faliszek, has recently made this statement:
Before we do anything on the PS3 we need to be able to support it in the right way, but we’ll look at it, and I’m sure down the road we’ll do it.
So going by this statement, it sounds as if Valve is warming up to the PS3, which is in complete contrast to what they had stated in the past. Reason for this? Maybe Sony’s recent success? Potential sales for going multiplatform? Blu-Ray? We probably won’t know for sure, but at least this could result in good ports of games (or games built from the ground up for the hardware).
Does this mean that PS3 owners could potentially see the Left 4 Dead series (which I don’t really care for) hit the console? Maybe, and given blu-ray’s space advantage, they could potentially have a sequel to L4D2, with that game and the first Left 4 Dead on the same disc, basically the ultimate bundle for PS3 fans. Chances of a developer doing something that nice, especially one famous for the negativity toward the console, are pretty slim. I guess from here on, we’ll have to see what comes to fruition.