Canned Space Pirate Game Valve Concept Art Surfaces • Eurogamer.net

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Stars of Blood, a long-lost space pirate game, once in the works at Valve, has been spotted in newly resurfaced concept art.

The game’s existence was acknowledged by Valve boss Gabe Newell during an interview in 2012, although the project has already been canned at this point.

“We don’t do it anymore,” Newell said at the time. “We had an internal project called Stars of Blood, which was a space pirate game, and never saw the light of day.”

Concept art, below, was discovered over the weekend by Dark game aesthetics, apparently lying undiscovered on Valves Archives.

The images show a mix of Star Wars landscapes with a twist – like the towering medieval-style space castle on a Tatooine-like desert planet, or a gritty futuristic skyline covered in the smog of two giant cooling towers.

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In addition to the art, there’s this – a tech demo video from 2012 that includes an odd level of testing.

“It’s pure speculation, but in 2012 developer Gray Horsfield who left Valve released a tech demo video,” OGA wrote. “There’s an invisible environment that doesn’t really look like Half-Life to me. I wonder if that wasn’t a testing level for Stars of Blood?”

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Valve’s portfolio includes a roster of unreleased games, which unfortunately now appears to include Campo Santo’s In the Valley of the Gods as well. The Egyptian adventure of the 1920s was on hold indefinitely after the team joined Valve and began working on other projects.



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