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In the Valley of the Gods Announced From Firewatch Dev

In the Valley of the Gods Announced From Firewatch Dev
From IGN - December 7, 2017
By Marty Sliva

In the Valley of the Gods is the next game from Campo Santo, the studio behind 2016s Firewatch. The first-person adventure game is set for release in 2019 on PC, but much like Firewatch, the team is interested in bringing it to consoles.

Announced during the 2017 Game Awards, In the Valley of the Gods is set in Egypt during the late 1920s. It stars Rashida and Zora, a pair of documentary filmmakers who accidentally made it big with a hit movie (think Nanook of the North), but have since seen their careers go off a cliff. They reunite years later after receiving information about the lost Tomb of Nefertiti, with a goal of reigniting their careers by documenting their trip to Egypt.

Much like Firewatch, the game is focusing on the relationship between two adults with their own personal baggage, and how our own personal goals compare and contrast with goals that we form through friendship. But unlike Campo Santos past game, Rashida and Zora are always within proximity of each-other. Theres a tangible nature to their relationship in the same way that Booker always has Elizabeth around in Bioshock: Infinite, and Chloe always has Nadine around in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

While therell be plenty of exploration, adventure, and and physically traversing the tomb, In the Valley of the Gods places a mechanical emphasis on the actual act of shooting a documentary. In the reveal trailer, we see the pair set up a tripod, unfold their camera, and begin to film the world around them.The goal is to have the A.I. of the world react to the fact that its being filmed, such as a hawk doing something specific because youre shooting it.

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