Developers Focusing on Other Projects at Valve
Valve has confirmed that developer Campo Santo has put their long-awaited project, In The Valley of Gods, on hold for the time being.
Campo Santo, the developer behind the critically acclaimed Firewatch, first announced In the Valley of Gods at the 2017 Game Awards. The trailer, which showcased a similar style to Firewatch but set in an ancient Egyptian temple, was scheduled to release in 2019.
However, plans changed when Valve purchased Campo Santo in April of Last year. Campo Santo has since been responsible for several titles under Valve's ownership, most notably being one of the development teams working on the recently announced Half-Life: Alyx, a VR game that serves as a prequel to Half-Life 2.
Campo Santo co-founder Jake Rodkin confirmed the games fate in an interview with Polygon, stating that "Valve Time makes fools of us all." Rodkin notes that developers from the former Campo Santo team are now working on Half-Life: Alyx, as well as Dota Underlords, another Valve project based on one of their popular IPs, confirming what many suspected after it was noticed that many developers had removed In Valley of Gods from their social media bios.
"You hear a lot about how at Valve you can work on what you want. It turns out that’s true, and there’s a lot of work available," said Rodkin. "As we integrated ourselves into Valve it became clear there was a lot of valuable work to be done on Half-Life: Alyx. Some of us starting lending a hand, and have since become full-time on the project as it approaches launch. Similarly, some ex-Campos are working on Dota Underlords, some are on Steam, and so on."
It is unclear if or when development on In the Valley of Gods will continue, but Rodkin is quick to note that the game has not been officially canceled at this time.
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