Independent studio Campo Santo (Firewatch) has been acquired by a most unlikely suitor - Valve, a digital store operator that once made video games. Three people familiar with the news confirmed the purchase to Kotaku today.
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Copyright, free speech, and entertainment lawyers have mixed opinions on the legality of game developer Campo Santo's decision to fight hate speech with a copyright strike after reaching a breaking point with YouTube celebrity Felix "Pewdiepie" Kjellberg.
Game developer Sean Vanaman announced on social media today that Campo Santo, the studio behind the indie game Firewatch, will be filing a takedown against Felix "Pewdiepie" Kjellberg on YouTube over footage featuring their latest game, as well any future releases. This came hours after widely circulated footage showed Kjellberg say the n-word while streaming an online shooter.
You know what they say -- your first 500,000 sales are easy, it's the next 500,000 that takes work! OK, no one has ever said that. Sure, diminishing returns are a thing, but I doubt Campo Santo is particularly upset that it's sold over one million copies of Firewatch, hitting the milestone "sometime late last year".
While the climactic (or, for some, anti-climactic) ending of Firewatch left plenty of players happy to leave the Thorofare behind, a second playthrough could still have plenty to offer. Depending on how thorough you are, there may still be a number of interesting conversations, events and even locations that you missed on your first time around.
Firewatch was a slow-paced, contemplative indie hit about people. So of course, somebody decided to turn it into a roller coaster.
Campo Santo's acclaimed Firewatch may have had its day in the sun, but it looks like the developer has been tinkering on the title in preparation for the PS4 Pro. In addition to "enhanced detail" on Sony's console, the game now has a "free roam" mode available for all platforms.
Firewatch is launching on Xbox One this week, in case you didn't notice. In fact, it was supposed to be out already. So if you're twiddling your thumbs waiting to play for the first time, or you thoroughly enjoyed the game when it came out earlier this year, the developers have some really cheap t-shirts that are worth a look.