Discover the art of Valve’s canceled space pirate game that is hitting the internet
In 2012, Valve’s Gabe Newell mentioned a canceled game called Stars of Blood, saying only that “We kind of had an internal project called Stars of Blood which was a space pirate game and didn’t never saw the light of day. ” Concept art for a few ex-Valve artists had previously been leaked, and more were discovered later, some from photos taken during studio tours. Valve Archive fans set up a Stars of Blood art repository, where it has been since.
Over the weekend, the Obscure Game Aesthetics Twitter Account, which publishes screenshots and illustrations from old and forgotten video games, has published four concepts for the environments of Stars of Blood. He followed up with a tech swarm AI demo from one of the former Valve employees who worked on Stars of Blood, theorizing that it could be from the canceled game as well. It has since been posted on r / LeaksAndRumors, r / GamingLeaksAndRumors, r / pcgaming, r / Games, r / GamePreservationists and r / UnreleasedGames, as well as on various websites, forums and social media.
The character designs are a bit Moebius (there’s even one called mumbiusSM.jpg), and the rumor was that Stars of Blood would involve the Combine and be part of the Half-Life universe. Not much else was known about it, but “Valve space pirate game” is all you really need to be intrigued. Now that’s just another game that never will be, alongside the various Half-Life projects that were canceled before Alyx, the Arkane Ravenholm spin-off, Prospero and everything in between.