Portal writer helping Arizona Sunshine team on their next game


Ex-Valve writer Chet Faliszek has joined Vertigo Games, the developers of Arizona Sunshine, on their ‘Advisory Board’ – and will be helping them create their next VR title.

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Faliszek joined Valve in 2005 and helped write all of their games from that point on, including the Portal and Left 4 Dead games and both Half-Life 2 episodes. He left the studio in 2017 and, last we heard, had joined Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios – which presumably he’ll still be doing in addition to this.

It was his role in launching the HTC VIVE and serving as Valve’s VR ambassador that brought him to the attention of Vertigo Games. Studio director Richard Stitselaar explains, “Chet has been invaluable to shaping today’s VR market. He helped numerous companies like Vertigo Games take their first steps in VR and we wouldn’t be where we are now without his guidance… we are excited to have Chet join our advisory board to help take the company to the next level.”

Faliszek will be providing “strategic counsel” to Vertigo as the studio expands and they prepare for the release of their next VR game, which is currently in development. He says, “Vertigo was one of the first companies I reached out to when we started assembling our initial roster of developers for the Vive reveal. Their ability adapt and work on emerging technologies is amazing. I can’t wait until they can start sharing what they are working on and their future plans.”