Is This Footage From Valve's Mysterious Space Game?

It's been whispered about for years now that Half-life creators Valve either are, or at least were, working on some kind of sci-fi game. There were rumours, there was rumoured concept art of spaceships, and now there might be test footage of the game (or at least its universe) in action as well.

Gray Horsfield, who worked at Valve as a physics engineer from 2006 until January of this year, has shared some concept showreels he put together during his time at the company, and tucked away amidst all the familiar-looking locations and effects from Half-Life and Portal are some very alien sequences.

The bits with the swarming bat things, Horsfield says it was just a test and not for a particular game. That's fine. It's the other stuff we're interested in, with the spaceships and the nebulas.

If you look at the site of artist Peter König, who we've featured on Fine Art before, you'll see quite a lot of work focusing on science fiction. Lots of starships. There are also loads of alien designs, as well as costume pieces for what look like sci-fi characters.

While some/most of that can be chalked up to personal work or pieces for another client outside Valve, some of them also look a lot like the ships seen in Horsfield's clip. They're also identical to the pieces of art supposedly spilled a few months back as part of an alleged DOTA 2 "leak".

There's long been talk of Valve's space game being code-named "SOB", and while crazy Half-Life fans have speculated it could be related to Half-Life 3, there's no reason Valve simply can't be making some cool sci-fi game set in space.

Then again, this could all just be personal or demo work. Or conceptual stuff for a game that went nowhere but the drawing board. So keep your excitement options open.

We've contacted Valve for comment, and will update if we hear back.

Former Valve Developer's Showreel Features Footage From Valve's Unannounced Space Game "SOB"; And A Possible Half-Life Prototype Level? [Lambda Generation]

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    Something tells me that for after such a long time of getting very little in terms of scifi spacebattles, we're going to get a whole bunch of them in a row.

      I always wanted a follow on from Masters of Orion. That game has massive potential with current developer tools.

        I would totally dig a new MOO game. I'd love to see support for more space civs who weren't limited to planets and star systems. Why not ship based empires or massive super structures like rings and spheres?

    "It’s been whispered about for years now that Half-life creators Valve either are, or at least were, working on some kind of sci-fi game."

    A sci-fi game called Half-Life 2 maybe?

      They're making the game they released in 2004? ;)

      Sorry, couldn't resist nitpicking. Anyway, those leaked concept artworks were for something more 'space' than halflife.

    What space things?


      Sorry, could'nt resist nitpicking


        Sorry, couldn't resist nitpicking.

    Tried to check it on my phone - appears to be set to private now :(

    What happened to the video? i just watched it and went to replay it and its now come up that its private.

    Yep vid says private for me too :/


    probibly hit a non disclosure issue

    The only space I'm concerned about is the space next to my copy of The Orange Box where Episode 3 should go...

    Private video is private.

      Wasnt private earlier on. How strange...

    Video busted?...*looks at author*....*sigh*

    Maybe Gordon Freeman goes into space to kick the Combine in the daddy bags?

    One can dream...

      Can't say I'm a fan of the idea.

      Unless of course, it turns out the Borealis, the long lost ship-based labs of Aperture Science, is space traversable.

    The video doesn't work. Does anyone have a download link?

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