Oh god. Orange_tower. What a retarded yet fun map. Those were the days.
I'm sure they've made a ton of fucking money off of it, but Valve have dug themselves into such a hole with all of their cosmetic economy bullshit. How could you even possibly make a TF3, Dota 3, or CS:GO 2 at this point, which the obscene amounts of money people have pumped into cosmetics?
People have been saying that for years already. The truth is Valve doesn't need to make any more games because they are taxing the entire PC gaming industry 30%…
If they wanted to update tf2s engine they would just update it like they did with dota 2, there’s no reason they would need a new title. Valve simply abandoned the game and it’ll keep slowly losing players and dying as it is.
>The recent unusual hat glitch doesn't seem like a random fuckup
I was thinking this too.
Valve gets a fixed cut of every transaction, not a percentage. If the "hat market" calms down as a result of everybody having nearly everything they want due to the sheer volume of items in circulation, Valve will no longer make money off of trades because trades won't be happening. So forcing the hand of everyone who wanted something way beyond their individual reach by causing the prices to drop would bring about a resurgence in trades, meaning a quick cash boost for Valve. CS:GO is next.
Valve was making annual $6,000,000,000.00 US off of trade taxes ALONE at one point. If they're no longer making games and everything they're otherwise involved in is "free", then naturally they'd need a blast of cash every now and then, especially if they're going to be doing more research in to the pricey hardware market.
I don't think TF3 can roll out though.
This isn't just a PC gamer joke, it's fact. All of Valve's creative energy have moved on or left the industry all together. There's no innovation to be found at Valve and they've stagnated for too long while other companies like Epic Games have broken new boundaries which can't be topped with today's hardware. Valve got so caught up in the ecstasy of the freemium market that now they have no way of escaping that slippery slope. Expectations of them being so high from fanboys doesn't help either.
I honestly doubt Valve will ever release a new first-person shooter, whether it's HL, TF, L4D, CS, or Portal.