When fans heard that Chet Faliszek, writer of the Left 4 Dead and Portal series, was leaving Valve, many speculated as to what sort of project he would move on to next. They don’t have to wonder anymore, as Faliszek himself has announced on Twitter that he is helming a new co-op action game with indie developer Bossa Studios, the makers of comedic, physics-based games Surgeon Simulator 2013 and I Am Bread.
Both Faliszek and Bossa Studios made the announcement of their joint project a couple days ago on September 18th, with Faliszek serving as game director for the currently unnamed game. Not much is known about this upcoming game other than it will be a co-op action game for the PC that will try to “do something new in the narrative space using AI.” Despite the lack of details, knowing Faliszek’s previous work on game narratives makes the premise sound very promising.
Despite fan speculation, this game will not be in VR, though Faliszek did assure fans that he has other VR side projects going on. As fans of Faliszek will know, he was the face of HTC Vive and pushed Valve towards VR, so he certainly hasn’t given up working on that.
Faliszek announced his departure from Valve after twelve years of working with the company back in May. The news came as a surprise to many gamers at first, but began to make sense over time as more veteran writers and developers left Valve.
For any developers interested in working with the legendary Faliszek himself on his new project, he also announced that Bossa Studios’ London and Seattle locations are both hiring team members to work on the new game.