Concept art for Stars of Blood, a canceled ‘space pirate’ game developed by Valve, has been revealed.
As discovered by the Twitter user @game_obscure, character art as well as concepts for creatures, environments and more have been on the company database valvearchive.com, which was last updated in August 2019.
The concept art shows a diverse range of environments, including claustrophobic cities, not unlike Cyberpunk 2077, as well as vast deserts that look like they could be from a Star Wars movie.
A large number of spaceship designs have also been revealed, suggesting that the game may have included interplanetary journeys such as those found in No Man’s Sky.
The game was last mentioned in public in 2012, when Valve boss Gabe Newell mentioned it during a birthday Q&A with 4chan.org’s / v / board.
“We had an internal project [incomprehensible] called ‘Stars of Blood’. It was a space pirate game. It never saw the light of day. ‘
Valve, which is currently preparing the Steam platform for the upcoming Steam Deck, has a long history of canceling projects. The most recent and high-profile of them is In the Valley of Gods, an adventure game set in 1920s Egypt, developed by Campo Santo.
The acclaimed indie behind Firewatch was acquired in 2018, when In the Valley of the Gods officially became a Valve game. The title was put “on hold” in July 2019 because lead author Sean Vanaman went on to work on Half-Life: Alyx.
Recently, it was revealed that Valve is launching a new rating system that will let Steam Deck owners easily tell which games are best suited to play on Deck.
The company is in the process of reviewing the entire Steam catalog, marking each game with one of four ratings designed to show how smooth the experience will be when playing that game on its upcoming handheld.
These ratings appear next to game titles when users browse the Steam Store using their tires, which means they know if a game is working well on it before making a purchase.
They will also be displayed next to the games in a user’s library so they can tell which of the games they are already playing on PC can be downloaded to their deck without any hassle.