Valve hires famed Thief designer

Valve has strengthened its creative ranks and confirmed that famed game designer Doug Church has been hired. Church's resume is impressive. His most recent game, a cooperative project with Steven Spielberg called LMNO was canceled. But before that, his last title was Tomb Raider Legend. Past hits that Church has contributed to include both Thief and Deus Ex games, Freedom Force, System Shock 2, and Ultima Underworld I and II.

Besides confirming the hiring of Church, Valve is not releasing specific details as to what he will be working on. It’s possible that Church is joining an ongoing project or heading up a new one. We have reason to believe that Valve is currently working on at least three separate titles at the moment: Defense of the Ancients 2, Half-Life: Episode 3, and Counter-Strike 2. Portal 2, while not yet released, is finished.

[Source: Gamasutra]

Mar 17, 2011

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  • Crimmy - March 18, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    Maybe if we all compliment enough, there will be HL3 or Ep. 3! Gabe, we love you!
  • Helios - March 17, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    I saw a name, "contributed to," and "Deus Ex." I want whatever this guy is working on.
  • CombatCat120 - March 17, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    I just want to play Thief 4 goddammit!
  • BlankBrush - March 17, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    These guys are the best when it comes to fun and inventive games. Keep up the good work, Valve!
  • Cleanser247 - March 17, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    Awesome news! I'm excited : )
  • alanpartridge_ahaaa - March 17, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    freedom force was EXCELLENT and worthy of caps!
  • Balaska - March 17, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    Valve are actually incapable of failing. I love you Gabe.
  • db1331 - March 17, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    I can't wait to see what kind of hats he designs. All joking aside, this dude is responsible for some of my all time favs. Good news.
  • SecretGingerWizard - March 17, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    And yet another winning move by Valve
  • Ariaka - March 17, 2011 6:26 p.m.

    Good news. Glad to know they got someone creative on the team. =4
  • IVIunky - March 17, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    I love Valve. They are committed to making the best game possible, and they do so by bringing in the best talent they can find. I've loved many of their games, especially Portal, and I cant wait for Portal 2.

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