Valve Teases Announcement with Mystery Images; Steam Coming to Mac?

By Chris Faylor, Mar 03, 2010 12:17pm PST A mysterious image from developer Valve--the company behind hits like Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal and Team Fortress 2--just hit the Shacknews inbox: 04_Heavy_Sandvich.jpg

"In anticipation of an upcoming announcement from Valve," was all we were told.

Whatever's brewing at Valve--there's all sorts of Portal wackiness underway, and there have been indications that its digital distribution platform Steam might be making the leap to Mac--we're likely to hear more soon, as GDC 2010 kicks off next week.

Update: Two additional images have surfaced via MacRumors and MacNN, furthering speculation that Valve is bringing Steam and its games to Mac.

Update 2: Yet another image has arrived--this one via Rock, Paper, Shotgun--a facsimile of old Apple advertisements that all but confirms Steam is coming to Mac.

Update 3: Eurogamer brings us the fifth of the six images, portraying Left 4 Dead's Francis alongside a rainbow-colored L4D logo and the words "I hate different."

Update 4: And here's the sixth image-- Half-Life 2's Alyx recreating the classic 1984-inspired Macintosh television ad--courtesy of Macworld.

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  • Thank you, Valve. Thank you so much. I understand that the decision to bring Steam and Source to the Mac is strictly a business decision based on Apple's increasing sales numbers in the last few years, but I choose to think that there's still some love and adventurous spirit that pushed you in that direction as well, which are the traits that have made you the awesome company you are today. I hope that the Mac community embraces and rewards your decision by making Steam on the Mac just as successful as it has been on Windows and acknowledges your influence in getting more publishers to create Mac-native versions of their games. I look forward to the day when I can see a thread for a game of Left4Dead starting on the Shack and I can jump into it without having to reboot into Windows, and on that day, I shall sing praises of you, Valve.