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Valve developing sci-fi MMO?

By Samuel 'DarthBotto' Horton
Oct 16, 2012 07:28

ImageNew concept art and trickles of information indicates that Valve Corporation is in the process of developing a sci-fi MMO.

According to some alleged leaks, Valve has been developing a new piece of intellectual property based around a science fiction universe. This project is allegedly a massively multiplayer online video game set apart from Valve's already existing franchises, including Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Portal, Team Fortress and Dota. However, the last of those listed titles appears to have at least some connection with this new project, even if it is not in a canonical sense, as its working title is allegedly "Stars of Barathrum". Barathrum is the the name of the Spirit Breaker from the Dota franchise. In a logical argument, it could be reasoned that the working title for the game is this because the Spirit Breaker's shape could be considered related to the constellation of Taurus the Bull, giving relevance to an exploration of the stars.

The first indication of a new piece of intellectual property was in April of 2011, when a photograph of a concept art board for unidentified characters was leaked online. The characters contrasted the previous designs of Valve characters, as they featured slightly exaggerated proportions of individuals of Asian and African descent that had yet to be featured in a title. As Dota 2 had yet to be featured publicly, the designs were theorized to be a part of the game, although this was widely disputed, as the sci-fi aesthetics went against the very premise of Valve's upcoming multiplayer online battle arena title.

The strongest confirmation of a new piece of intellectual property arose over the last few days, as the online portfolio for artist Peter König was updated with images of weapons, spacecraft and cities. König was employed by Valve from 2008 to this year, with his resume including Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2 and Dota 2. Since leaving the company, he has been employed by 343 Industries, working on the highly-anticipated first-person shooter sequel, Halo 4. Before taking a dip in the video game industry, König worked in Hollywood on several major productions, including Jurassic Park, Coneheads, Starship Troopers, Evolution and Cloverfield.

If the context of these rumors is correct, the video game and quite possibly, electronic sports industry, may very well see a highly-competitive race between two of the most celebrated software giants. In January of 2010, it was reported that Blizzard was in the early stages of developing a science fiction MMO, under the working title of "Titan". It is very possible that Blizzard's Titan and Valve's Stars of Barathrum could potentially lock horns for MMO market domination.

Source: Lazygamer, PC Gamer



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