A look at Valve’s abandoned co-op fantasy adventure

Valve HQ seems to be an elephants’ graveyard of potentially great games, and the latest corpse to be exhumed this week is what was a four-player, co-op fantasy adventure game.

Sort of like Dota 2 and Left 4 Dead had a surprisingly beautiful child, the artwork of a former employee has shone a light on what might have been.

The artist in question is Drew Wolf, who posted some of the artwork on his website, and simply called it an “untitled fantasy game”. He further describes it as “a fantasy adventure game centered around cooperative combat and driven by story”.

“The goal was to present as many groups of four adventures as possible in order to establish a diverse cast of archetypal characters. After discussion and feedback the group was paired down to ten characters. They would become the project’s main characters.” As you can see, it could’ve been very, very pretty.

Technically, it doesn’t outright say it was a Valve project, but that’s where Wolf has worked for the last nine years. He quit recently, joining the exodus of creative talent from the company.

That, more than anything else, is the strongest indication that Valve just isn’t all that interested in making games anymore.