“To fans looking forward to In the Valley of Gods, it’s probably clear that the optimistic “2019” at the end of the announcement trailer isn’t going to be accurate,” Campo Santo co-founder Jake Rodkin said in a statement to Polygon. “In the end, Valve Time makes fools of us all. But yes, developers from the former Campo Santo team have joined other projects at Valve, including Half-Life: Alyx.”
Half-Life: Alyx First Screenshots (4K)
Rodkin says cited Valve’s known business practice of letting employees work on whatever they want. Some former Campo Santo devs lent their first-person adventure bona fides to Half-Life: Alyx and became full-time team members. Other former Campo devs are working on Dota Underlords, Steam, and other unnamed projects.
“So to answer your question as of today, In the Valley of Gods development is on hold — but it certainly feels like a project people can and may return to. And when that happens, we’ll find an exciting way to let fans know.”In recent statements, the developers have been referred to as “former” Campo Santo developers, which seems to indicate that the studio as a brand is no longer operating within Valve. IGN reached out to Valve for more details but have not heard back from Valve or Campo Santo.
Valve will release its first Half-Life game in over 12 years in March 2020 with Half-Life: Alyx, a VR-exclusive game that the devs say is as long as Half-Life 2.
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