Valve make great games with most of their titles ranking as some of the highest scoring and most respected games of all time. But with multiplatform development becoming the common thing due to rising development costs Valve still only develop for their native PC and Xbox 360. No PlayStation 3.
So, why is that? With Left 4 Dead pulling in thousands of hours of play surely there’s an untapped market of cash just waiting for their magic touch? Sadly PlayStation 3 owners best not hold their breath. Fellow gaming blog Loot Ninja spoke to Valve’s designer Tom Leonard at this year’s E3 and his firm response leaves no room for interpretation: “The PC and the 360 are just more straightforward. We can focus on what we want to do, which is make game experiences, instead of sweating bullets over obscure architectural decisions they make with their platform. […] I didn’t come into this business in the 90s because of some technical fetish. I came in because I wanted to give people experiences that made them have fun.”
Sorry PS3 owners, no Left 4 Dead for you. But at least you get to avoid the growing drama about its sequel.