Valve Buys Independent Game Studio Campo Santo, Creator of Breakout Hit Firewatch

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In a surprise announcement this evening, Campo Santo (developers of Firewatch) revealed that their team of twelve is joining Valve and will continue development as normal on their in-progress work, In the Valley of the Gods. All 12 of Campo Santo's current development team members are officially moving into Valve's offices, with the company planning to move its entire office to Seattle in the near-future.

If you're the type of person who gives two flips about this news, we can elaborate a little bit on this big decision.

This move doesn't affect support of Firewatch at all, although that game has little need for support at this point since the content has been locked-in for a while (though it did just receive a Japanese language update).

Here's our list of the best free games to play on Steam. "In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives", said Campo Santo on its official blog. Though after the success of Firewatch, their smartest move might be to keep letting Campo Santo do exactly what they've been doing. Well, for that bottle of champagne.

In the Valley of the Gods was revealed previous year and has an intended release date of 2019.

[W] e had a series of long conversations with the people at Valve and everyone shared the satisfaction we take in working with people whose talents dwarf our own to make things we never thought possible.

We do hear that according to the developers at Campo Santo, Valve was an "obvious match", as they feel the same way about game development.