Deus Ex, Thief designer joins Valve

Half-Life studio adds developer with appropriately acclaimed first-person pedigree in Doug Church.

Seattle-area developer Valve--known for its Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and Portal franchises--has further bolstered its first-person shooter experience with the acquisition of noted designer Doug Church.

It's unknown what project Church is working on.

Gamasutra reports that Church--whose video game credits include PC hits Deus Ex, Thief, and System Shock--has been with Valve for a "couple of weeks." However, Valve did not say which project or projects Church is working on.

Most recently, Church contributed to Steven Spielberg's Project LMNO, one of two titles the filmmaker committed to making with Electronic Arts. The other project--Boom Blox for the Wii--saw release and spawned a sequel, but Project LMNO was given the axe. Church originally joined forces with EALA as an executive producer in 2005.

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34 comments
Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

The day I see the next Half-Life game announced, I will probably collapse.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

good now get to work on Half Life3 already or episode3 even please

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

At least he's gone to a company that, at the moment at least, still supports the PC. I still think Half Life 3 will be dumbed down so it's 'console gamer' compatible. Because let's face it, that's where 95% of the major U.S. developers are going.

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

>GravityDs There's still Ken Levine of Irrational Games (Thieft, System Shock 2, Freedom Force and BioShock). And WTF is 38 Studios?

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

I wonder if Gabe Newell set this up, hes a talent scout

pszone
pszone

Plus Deus Ex one of the menbers of that series and theif so SqaureEnix still doing Theif 4 with same team but one menbers left fot value

pszone
pszone

im going to swear if half life EP3 turn out to be short because its takeing htem a long long long time like should be worth. If i was takieng so long i would do Half Life 3 instead than EP3

Pete5506
Pete5506

Some great news, Hoping for some great games to come from this

GravityDs
GravityDs

If he works on HL3 all the other FPS game dev's are going to cry. How would you feel if you saw the inevitable coming and it wasn't in your favor? Between this team, Bioware, and 38 studios the gaming talent pool has been dried up.

nohabs
nohabs

I'm looking forward to some pretty good games....don't let me down!

BAD-C0MPANY
BAD-C0MPANY

Well I think it's pretty much guaranteed now that Half-Life 3 is going to destroy every other FPS out there on the market when it comes out.

rarson
rarson

@Neil_Clancy I was always under the impression that Warren Spector was the mind behind Deus Ex (no disrespect to Doug).

lsw3638
lsw3638

Maybe next project to release in 2014?

Dark_Link87
Dark_Link87

probably was lookin for the laziest job in the gaming industy and came to Valve.

Neil_Clancy
Neil_Clancy

Valve plus the mind behind Deus Ex? HL3 is gonna be the shooter of the century.

DKant
DKant

God. It is crazy I didn't know until today who (apart from Warren Spector) was involved in the making of my all-time favorite game! Time to launch Deus Ex and take a good look at the credits. Please tell me he is involved in making Half-Life 3 doubly awesome :) Imagine a mashup of the choice/consequence trees in Deus Ex with the incredible animation and voice-acting in Half-Life. It is so great to day-dream about this stuff. :)

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Whatever it is, let's go Valve!

Steakface
Steakface

ziproy: Well said, my friend. Only good can come from this news, though.

ziproy
ziproy

All those games are from an era of fps's where there was more to a game than action and unlockables. How I miss those games

Bennettfoam
Bennettfoam

Thief is absolutely fascinating...!!!

sagelund
sagelund

Great, my favorite game company and designer of a few games I've absolutely loved merge together, power to steam!

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

yeah thought it was Spector too...

Roggirek
Roggirek

Some sort of co-op stealth game could be really cool, like the splinter cell co-op modes. @metalkid9 Agreed, consoles suck, but at least they keep (most of) the jerks off of Steam and stuff.

metalkid9
metalkid9

i hope to god they dont use the old crappy valve engine ESPECIALLY for stealth games. They sucked that engine dry, valve needs to come up with something new and innovative cuz their games look trash in a visual stand point. But personally from my perspective they won't upgrade it anytime soon, not until these current gen consoles are thrown in the trash and they bring some better machines in the market. The current console hardware is really slowing down quality in games. PC is the only way for now until they bring out the new gen.

giantqtipz
giantqtipz

isnt thief 4 in the making now? i recently replayed thief deadly shadows. fun game!

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

If anyone could give us a high quality spiritual successor to System Shock 2, it would be Valve. Lets hope for good things to come.

Zero5000X
Zero5000X

I had hoped they meant Warren Spector.

Gamiar
Gamiar

 @Humorguy_basic Dumbed down? The Half Life games are already dumb; point at bad guy and shoot, go from point A to point B, repeat. Not like there's any RPG elements or anything to worry about.