Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Departed Kerbal Space Program devs now work at Valve

Departed Kerbal Space Program devs now work at Valve

What the Kerbal developer, Squad, is doing at Valve is anyone's guess, but one can only speculate that they're working on a new game with the Half-Life 2 and Portal studio.

Either way, it looks like news is getting out that Valve has hired a portion of the developers from Squad, the team behind Kerbal Space Program.

Lundeen was speaking on a recently-published episode of the Game Dev Unchained podcast, and his comments help provide fellow devs some closure on what happened to the KSP team after first the KSP lead developer, then later at least eight other KSP devs left Squad previous year. I think it just happened about four or five months ago, six months ago. "They just gave that entire team jobs", Lundeen recounts.

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PCGamesN received clarification that Lundeed did indeed mean former Squad developers, not modders.

In a post on Reddit eight developers announced their departure from the Kerbal Space Program team. Mike (Mu), Bill (Taniwha), Nathanael (NathanKell), Sébastien (Sarbian), Jim (Romfarer), Brian (Arsonide), Chris (Porkjet) and Nathan (Claw) have all left the project, after completing the 1.2 update. "It will demoralize you and it will stress you out, but, more often than not, it will soothe, quiet, and inspire you".

This may come as a surprise to most of you, but Valve used to make video games once upon a time. Even failure imparts a lesson. Kerbal Space Program is an incredible game and has truly been a joy to create.

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