"Star Wars" creator George Lucas opened the door to the latest round of spinoffs when he sold his Lucasfilm empire to The Walt Disney Co. for $4.05 billion last fall. The company is planning three sequels and two peripheral movies focusing on characters.
"Episode VII" is tentatively scheduled for release in the summer of 2015.
Last month, Abrams told a group of reporters that he wanted to make sure the sequel was "something that touches people."
On Wednesday, he did give his audience of nerds and gamers one revelation when he announced his intention to collaborate on movies and videos with Newell - the man behind the gaming hits "Portal," "Half-Life" and "Counter-Strike."
"There's an idea that we had for a game that we'd like to develop," he said.
Abrams' development company Bad Robot Interactive has released several apps related to his movies.
Newell said his company would like to work with Abrams on a movie adaptation of "Portal" or "Half-Life."