Seems like Valve had the interest on making a 4-player fantasy game. People usually think that the company is too busy approving bad games on Steam to care about making them. However, if we take the concept art done by former employee Drew Wolf. We can see the developers behind games like Portal and Half-life had something on their hands.
The artwork gallery that shows concept art for the game shows the works of an R&D project. “A fantasy adventure game centered around cooperative combat and driven by story”. So, what could’ve been the goal of such a game?
“The goal was to present as many groups of four adventures as possible in order to establish a diverse cast of archetypal characters. After discussion and feedback, the group was paired down to ten characters. They would become the project’s main characters.” The cast itself shows a great variety of fighters with a ton of personality drawn into them:
The general idea of the project was a 4-player cooperative game. The gameplay mechanics would be focusing on co-op combat and it would’ve included a wide-array of characters. The game never had a defined title by itself. However, Wolf confirmed that the development had Valve in the lead position.
Along the artwork, we can see some concept art that shows the characters in a closer look. We also get what it seems to be an early model of a character. The images have been sprinkled out through this article so anyone can see them at their leisure.
The artist has left Valve not so long ago. That’s why he has no issues with showing the portfolio of his work. Wolf also talked about how this cancelled game was actually used as a basis for Dota 2. Seems like this would’ve been a very interesting game to say the least.