Did you know that Valve
was once hard at work on a third-person MMORPG called Prospero
? Alas, the studio scrapped the project around 1997 in favor of a little tiny game called Half-Life
, which "absorbed" the developers working on the MMO.
Website Valve Time
has dipped into the mysterious history of the game, said to be a "moody, literary" science-fantasy epic influenced by Myst
with its focus on story and exploration. Though Prospero
was canceled, some of its groundbreaking social and map features were eventually realized in Steam and Portal
The video also includes some wonderfully dated screenshots and quotes from developers who worked on the title.