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Valve SOB Project Was Called 'Stars of Blood'

Discussion in 'News' started by Hectic Glenn, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Hectic Glenn

    Hectic Glenn Site Director Staff Member

    Gabe's birthday has come and gone but you might have heard some fans paid him a visit on his special day. The lengthy Q&A session with Gabe was recorded and uploaded to youtube, in which the fans asked a huge array of questions including what on earth the space game 'SOB' was? Gabe said:

    "We kind of had an internal project that was called Stars of Blood, which was a space pirate game and it never saw the light of day." - Gabe

    We've previously seen art work from ex-Valve artists Peter Konig and Gray Horsfield but only knew of the project as SOB. But there's more...Ken Birdwell a senior engineer at Valve owns the domain www.starsofblood.com. Interestingly he owns a few others, including rhinoscar.com (an old name for Valve Software) as well as www.seasofblood.com.


    Potentially Seas of Blood and Stars of Blood may have derived from the same origins, with Seas of Blood being the original concept from back in 2003 when its trademark was registered by Ken Birdwell.

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  2. MFL

    MFL AlbatrossofTime

    So I guess their current projects are jack and shit, respectively.
  3. Dekstar

    Dekstar Companion Cube

    Shame, really. I have faith that any new IP Valve undertakes would be at least a damn good game. I wonder how far through development they got before they decided they didn't want to continue. Who even decides that at Valve?
  4. Omnomnick

    Omnomnick Lead Content Creator Staff Member

    Glad to know all the SOB rumors will finally be put to bed. It's about time.
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  5. Hectic Glenn

    Hectic Glenn Site Director Staff Member

    Also as a disclaimer - the image is from Peter Konig's collection and isn't verified as SOB. The logo / font is also made by us and not official!
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  6. MFL

    MFL AlbatrossofTime

    Does anyone anywhere know what Valve is working on?
  7. Dr.IndianaJones

    Dr.IndianaJones Diamond Content Creator Staff Member

    I would guess they are working mostly on DOTA 2 stuff, Linux and porting more of their games to the workshop - such as L4D2 which is coming soon.

    Also that image sure looks great! :p
  8. Omnomnick

    Omnomnick Lead Content Creator Staff Member

    Well Valve is a pretty large studio these days. There are always small teams working on TF2 and CS:GO stuff, I imagine a large team for Dota 2, as well as the Linux Steam team and the small L4D2 on-going content team.

    Then we probably have a massive portion working on keeping Steam up to date and running day-to-day, then a team for whatever Half-Life title is being worked on, and then probably 2-3 other teams working on prototype or unannounced projects.
  9. MFL

    MFL AlbatrossofTime

    Cybersports and software distributions the name of the game, then.
  10. cunningmunki

    cunningmunki Sandvich

    You lot read this but missed the news about Source 2?
  11. Barnz

    Barnz ValveTime Reporter Staff Member

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  12. MFL

    MFL AlbatrossofTime


    I'll just go sit in the corner now.
  13. ríomhaire

    ríomhaire Moderator Staff Member

    TF2, L4D2, Portal 2, CSGO, Source Filmmaker and general Steam updates. Steam for Linux, Big Picture Mode, Wearable Computing, eSports support and Source 2.
  14. Hectic Glenn

    Hectic Glenn Site Director Staff Member

    I think you're right, a lot of time will go into the Dota 2 & CSGO pro scene development. While SC2 drops off, a nice void is opening up for Valve. LoL & Dota 2 on the MOBA front and CSGO on the FPS front. I'm skeptical that CSGO is going to make the grade though; it's going to need a lot of help.
  15. MFL

    MFL AlbatrossofTime

    I should have phrased my question as, "Does anyone anywhere know what new things Valve is working on?", yes.
  16. Stigmata

    Stigmata The Freeman

    "Valve SOB Project was"

    Stopped reading and died here.
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  17. Gloone

    Gloone Spy

    Am I the only one who's relieved about this? I didn't care for CS:GO or Dota 2, and I didn't care for a space sim either. If Valve's next announcement was SoB, I'd have crumpled with despair. This news makes it all the more likely that they have been working on HL3 properly.
  18. Cogen

    Cogen Headcrab

    I was desperate for a space sim... but now we have the announcement of Star Citizen, and there's pretty much no better person on the planet to make it than Chris Roberts. So that has put me at ease, even if it is 2 years away....

    Valve can keep working on HL3. ;-)
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    DEATH eVADER Space Core

    0x10c, Space Citizen, Elite Dangerous. All we can hope for now is that Valve do continue to develop SOB and somebody comes out with a new Freelancer.

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