Valve's Bellevue office is about to get 12 seats bigger as Campo Santo joins the massive company. Valve will act as publisher to the team for their next title In the Valley of Gods. Firewatch will continue to receive support from the team.
Campo Santo, the studio behind Firewatch, has moved to Valve's offices in Washington. Since they are essentially now a subsidiary of the aforementioned video game leviathan, they will have the support necessary to develop their next games without a hitch. The studio continues its work on the second game, In the Valley of Gods.
Joining Valve is a big step for the small indie company, seeing as they have developed and published only one game, albeit with success. The decision to join Valve is explained in a on their development blog portion of the official website.
The studio is only 12 people, so moving their offices from San Francisco to Bellevue won't be so much of a hassle. They've decided to join Valve because of their shared beliefs in how the gaming industry should work and look like.
"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", said the developer in the aforementioned post.
Valve will be publishing In the Valley of Gods, but Campo Santo will still continue supporting Firewatch despite the move to a new publisher.
The team visited IGN's headquarters and saw a 2011 champagne with Portal 2 Game of the Year inscribed on it. The award was never delivered to Valve so they did what any of us would do, they drank it.
Firewatch released on 09 February 2016 and sold over one million units in the following year. Last year, controversies surrounding YouTube's most influential and famous content creator, PewDiePie, had surfaced due to Wall Street Journals findings.
Campo Santo then quickly removed and cut all ties with the YouTube star publicly attempting to shame him.