After growing fears last month when numerous Campo Santo developers removed that they were working on In the Valley of Gods from their Twitter bios, Campo Santo co-founder Jake Rodkin has today confirmed that development for the game is currently on hold.
After it was announced that Campo Santo had been purchased by Valve early last year, many feared that they would follow the same path as their owner and stop shipping games.
These fears were intensified upon the announcement of Half Life: Alyx, as several Campo Santo developers were assisting Valve in crafting the upcoming VR title.
Rodkin’s aforementioned reveal at least allays fears that the game had been cancelled, but with Rodkin stating that Campo Santo staff are also helping with other Valve projects, it could mean that this intriguing looking title may fall by the way side. Here is his full statement:
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. 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. As you can imagine, our experience in the first-person adventure genre is pretty relevant. 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. 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. 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.
The statement does read as if we will one day see In the Valley of Gods, but only time will tell.
Shoutout to Polygon