Developed by the Campo Santo studio, Firewatch is a game that you’ll love for sure if you’re a fan of narrative adventures. Since 2017, the studio is working on a new game that should be pretty similar called In The Valley of Gods. A trailer announcing a release for the year 2019 had been published, but it seems that the game will not see the day anytime soon, and the reason is no other than another recently announced game, Half-Life: Alyx.
The development of In the Valley of Gods is indeed suspended for the moment, but to be absolutely fair Half-Life: Alyx is not the only responsible. Campo Santo was bought in 2018 by Valve, and it turns out that a number of key members of the studio have been somehow requisitioned to work on Valve’s next game. The fans of Firewatch, which have been eagerly awaiting In The Valley of Gods for a while, were the ones that first detected that something was happening. Some of them noticed that several people working on the project had withdrawn any reference to the game in their respective twitter bios last month. The doubts of the fans are confirmed today, since Jake Rodkin co-founder of the original studio, expressed himself on this subject in an interview granted to Polygon:
“For fans waiting for In the Valley of Gods, it’s probably clear that the optimistic “2019” at the end of the announcement trailer will not be realistic. In the end, Valve Time makes fun of us all. But yes, the developers of the former Campo Santo team have joined other projects at Valve, including Half-Life: Alyx “
In The Valley of Gods
He nuances everything by stating that. Even if this suspension of the development is regrettable, being part of Valve offers tremendous opportunities. In The Valley of Gods is not canceled at the moment, just on a break. We hope that this break will not be a final one and that development will resume one day or another so that we can enjoy this narrative adventure game.
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