Campo Santo, the developer behind the highly acclaimed game Firewatch, was bought recently by Valve, as announced in a blog post on Campo Santo’s official website. The developer reassured fans that production for their current project, In the Valley of Gods, will continue as usual, and will even benefit from having talented and like-minded people at Valve.
“In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn’t happen every day). In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives. It quickly became an obvious match.”
Talking about how negotiations between the two companies took place, Campo Santo shared that both their team and Valve had long meetings discussing their vision and long-term goals. It is in these talks that both Campo Santo and Valve saw the potential with working alongside each other.
“Both sides spoke about our values and how, when you get right down to it, we, as human beings, are hard-limited by the time we have left when it comes to making the things we care about and believe in. The asked us if we’d all be interested in coming up to Bellevue and doing that there and we said yes.”
It seems that Valve is serious when they said a month ago that they would be back in the business of making games again. Currently, the company has been focused on running the digital game store Steam and maintaining a few titles such as DoTA 2. However, it seems that Valve is keeping to their word of going back to making games again with the acquisition of Campo Santo and the on-going development of In the Valley of Gods, and Valve’s own game, Artifact, a Dota 2-themed card game.