Almost six years after its original release, Pokémon To go continues to be one of the most popular mobile games in the world. However, its promised AR revolution has yet to materialize, and Valve co-founder Gabe Newell is among those disappointed.
Talk to Paper gun On the occasion of the Steam Deck release, Newell said he thinks Pokémon Go should have made “more sense” for mobile gaming. Instead, sequels like Harry Potter Wizard’s Unite have largely failed.
In contrast, Newell hopes that Valve can follow the Steam Deck’s release by building more mobile experiences tailored to the platform.
“I think Pokémon Go really should make more sense to people thinking about the opportunity space for what’s possible with mobile gaming, and it really doesn’t,” Newell said. “So I think that’s one of the things that we’re super excited about is, you know, we’ve built this building block, this pretty important set of components to allow this to happen. And now, we’ve got to do really interesting stuff, where we’re going into R&D mode.”
Valve has a history of building games that take advantage of its hardware innovations. Half Life: Alyx is a recent example of this, explicitly built with Valve’s VR hardware in mind.
Newell says he’s looking forward to delving into new possibilities. “[I]It’s also interesting to say, let’s go test, three or four different new ideas for what he can bring to the mobile game platform to expand the experience. Go to the software developers and ask them to say, ‘That’s trash,’ or ‘Oh, that’s great.’ Or ‘Oh my, you have to do this’ and ‘Let’s start working together on a software prototype to go with your hardware prototype to really test these features.’ That’s pretty exciting, when you can find ways to not only… a point where you can do it, but it also starts to open up about what you can do in those environments. So yeah, we’re pretty warmed up. We’d love to keep trying to innovate.
We’ve been on the Steam Deck recentlywhat we call “well-built hardware” doesn’t have a particularly smooth user experience. We also spoke with Newell about the launch and future of the platform, where he confirmed that Valve has no plans to raise prices of any of the three initial hardware configurations.
As for Pokémon Go, it’s still evolving after all these years. A series of Pokémon announcements is expected to be held this weekend to celebrate Pokémon Day 2022. Stay tuned for more Pokémon Go news on February 26th.
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https://www.ign.com/articles/pokemon-go-steam-deck-gabe-newell-valve Gabe Newell thinks Pokemon Go will have a bigger impact on mobile gaming