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Firewatch developer’s next game “on hold” after Valve acquisition

The 2017 announcement video for Within the Valley of the Gods, which is now “on maintain” as a Valve mission.

Followers of 2017 indie forest exploration title Firewatch (together with us) have been excited for developer Campo Santo’s subsequent mission, the Egyptian-influenced Within the Valley of the Gods, because it was introduced in late 2017. These followers obtained much more excited when Valve acquired Campo Santo in 2018, suggesting large issues have been within the works from each firms forward of the sport’s deliberate 2019 launch.

However with 2019 drawing to a detailed, and with 19 months of radio silence relating to the sport’s progress, Campo Santo followers started to fret that Within the Valley of the Gods had joined a protracted record of cancelled Valve recreation tasks. These worries heightened when quite a lot of Campo Santo builders eliminated all point out of Within the Valley of the Gods from their Twitter profiles following final month’s announcement of Half-Life: Alyx.

This week, Campo Santo cofounder Jake Rodkin confirmed a few of these fears to Polygon, saying that improvement of Within the Valley of the Gods is formally “on maintain,” nevertheless it “actually seems like a mission folks can and should return to.” As he put it in an announcement:

To followers trying ahead to Within the Valley of Gods, it’s most likely clear that the optimistic “2019” on the finish of the announcement trailer isn’t going to be correct. In the long run, Valve Time makes fools of us all. However sure, builders from the previous Campo Santo crew have joined different tasks at Valve, together with Half-Life: Alyx.

As you may think about, our expertise within the first-person journey style is fairly related. You hear lots about how at Valve you may work on what you need. It seems that’s true, and there’s lots of work accessible. As we built-in ourselves into Valve it turned clear there was lots of beneficial work to be carried out on Half-Life: Alyx. A few of us [started] lending a hand, and have since grow to be full-time on the mission because it approaches launch. Equally, some ex-Campos are engaged on Dota Underlords, some are on Steam, and so forth.

So to reply your query as of at present, Within the Valley of Gods improvement is on maintain—nevertheless it actually seems like a mission folks can and should return to. And when that occurs, we’ll discover an thrilling technique to let followers know.

Whereas it is good to see Valve placing precise sources into new recreation improvement once more, it is a bit bittersweet that the hassle comes on the obvious expense of an unique indie mission from a not too long ago acquired developer.

The Steam web page for Within the Valley of the Gods now lists a “TBD” launch date, although it additionally says the sport is “presently in improvement.”

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