The Escapist Staff said:
Only Blizzard could have made Overwatch.
You're right. Only Blizzard could dump as much money as they have into producing a meme-and-waifu-porn generating Team Fortress 2
I mean, it's pretty much their MO. Take someone else's idea (whether it be gameplay mechanics, art designs, character/setting/lore designs, etc), throw a fuck-ton of money into advertising and production, and milk it ad infinitum.
That said, I don't begrudge anyone for picking it as their GOTY. Honestly, I'm not even sure what my GOTY would be. DOOM
? Titanfall 2
? I don't know. But really, I don't care either. It was a good year for quality games.
Oh yeah, cause TF2 totally didn't have all those things like over 10 years ago. What a meh choice for goty.
At least I'm not the only one who sees it.
Steven Bogos said:
Valve could have made overwatch... 10 years ago. It seems the Valve of today is only capable of churning out hats and collecting royalties from games sold on Steam.
And continuing to update Team Fortress 2
, Dota 2
, Left 4 Dead 2
, Source 2, and Steam. As well as starting and innovating the current industry of VR.
Oh, and producing hardware.
But you're right. They don't do anything anymore because they haven't released Half-Life 3
or some shit. Totally makes sense.
I bet your one of those people who thinks Oculus started the whole VR thing, aren't you?
Eh, probably capable of more, but just chooses not to.
I don't really begrudge Valve - the Half-Life games are a net positive for me, but I could die happy without Half-Life 3 ever being released, and that's about it for Valve's repitoire that I've played (heck, not even played HL1). Going to say what a million other people have said that there's no financial incentive for Valve to make Half-Life 3 (or any games, really), and there's no way it's going to live up to the hype either.
release a new game last year, though. The Lab
And they've announced that they've had several projects in the works, including VR titles, that they're excited to show off this year.
What those projects are I've no idea. But we'll start finding out soon-ish.