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​‘Firewatch’ Developers' New Game Put On Hold To Make 'Half-Life: Alyx'

​‘Firewatch’ Developers' New Game Put On Hold To Make 'Half-Life: Alyx'

The team that made Firewatch has confirmed that its next game - In The Valley Of The Gods - has been put "on hold" as the developers work on other games at Valve, including Half-Life: Alyx and Dota Underlords. The news follows nearly two years of silence on the project and the game's senior developers removing references to it from their Twitter bios.

You can watch the game's trailer below, or here if you're reading on mobile:

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In The Valley Of The Gods is a first-person adventure game set in Egypt in the 1920s. You'd play as filmmaker Rashida as she travels through the tombs of ancient royalty with her companion Zora, making discoveries in these ancient ruins. We only saw a luscious trailer and a few pieces of concept art of the game before the developer, Campo Santo, was acquired by Valve.

Originally, the team was due to continue working on In The Valley Of The Gods at Valve, similar to how Narbacular Drop completed its work on Portal after it was acquired in 2006. However, in a statement to Polygon, Campo Santo co-founder Jake Rodkin explained that their game is on hold as "developers from the former Campo Santo team have joined other projects at Valve, including Half-Life: Alyx".

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"As we integrated ourselves into Valve it became clear there was a lot of valuable work to be done on Half-Life: Alyx," Rodkin continues. "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."

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However, Rodkin does say that this doesn't mean the end of In The Valley Of The Gods. "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."

Until then, we'll just have to look forward to their work on the first new Half-Life game since 2007.

Featured Image Credit: Valve

Topics: video games, Valve, gamingbible

Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]