So, looks like Valve cannot ignore the success of the PS3 anymore. Gabe Newell, head of the critically acclaimed studio sparked a bit of controversy when he repeatedly attacked the PS3′s difficult development architecture, calling it a “waste of time.” His studio refused to work on a PS3 version of The Orange Box, leaving it to EA to do the eventual PS3 port.
However, it looks like the continued success of the PS3 has the studio taking back some of his words. “We’re always evaluating what’s happening in the marketplace and certainly something that’s happening in the last couple of months is that Sony’s managed to sell some boxes,” said Doug Lombardi to CVG. “So whether or not you like developing for that platform, if they’ve got millions of people connected to that platform and buying their games you have to take it seriously.”
While there’s “zero chance” for a PS3 version of the upcoming zombie multiplayer game Left 4 Dead this year, there’s now a “50-50″ chance that it will happen some time next year. While we’re fans of Valve’s work, we’re not entirely sure if the PS3 audience will welcome them with open arms.
Update: Huge mistake folks. The headline says Valve’s Gabe Newell, when it was in fact, Doug Lombardi that made the comment. We apologize for the mistake — the article has been corrected.