Portal Writer Chet Faliszek & Riot’s Kimberly Voll Launch New Co-Op Focused Studio

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Valve veteran Chet Faliszek and Dr. Kimberley Voll of Riot and Fantastic Contraption are joining forces to create their own development house.

The announcement came today during the events of Game Developers Conference 2019 in San Francisco. As per Twitter, Faliszek and Voll are actively looking to recruit developers during the event to join their team.

As we saunter over to the swanky Stray Bombay website, we get a clearer picture of how this collaboration is going to shape up. Faliszek starts off with an anecdote, a bit of fan mail he received from a soldier who used Left 4 Dead to reconnect with his wife and save his marriage whilst he was stationed overseas.

This is what gave Faliszek the bug to work on more co-op games, as that little ditty is “something only the shared experiences of games can bring.”

Faliszek later notes that “players are smart, they are social… but games often don’t reflect that and we think that can change.” This is the basis for Stray Bombay, a studio that will focus on making games that let players “live in the moment.”

Voll’s chops in AI and programming combined with Faliszek’s stellar writing is one hell of a dream team. Whilst we have no idea what on earth they’re going to be creating, it sounds incredibly promising, and exactly the kind of game co-op fans have been looking for since the creation of iconic titles like Portal 2 and Left 4 Dead.

Riot Games (Voll’s previous studio) will be investing in the company from the off, which is a promising way to start off your business. They both wrap up the short introduction by informing us players that they aren’t ready to share anything yet.

“We are going to go dark for a little bit as we start laying the foundation of our new world. Then we will share it with you, get your feedback and grow and create the experience with you.”

Sounds exciting! You can sign up to Stray Bombay’s newsletter on the landing page, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted if anything else is revealed about the studio’s mystery co-op game in the near future.