Project management software, Jira, has allegedly been the source of a massive leak of potential projects that Valve employees are working on. Valvetime.net has been sent apparent screenshots depicting a drop down list of groups from Valve’s Jira management platform – including some very exciting (but unsurprising) names.
Half Life 3 is referenced, with a working group of people that suggests it’s in development but perhaps only early stages, there are other references to Half Life too, like “Episode 3” or “Return to Ravenholm”. Left 4 Dead 3 is there too, with a larger group working on it – suggesting a more active state of development. Source 2 appears, which is in keeping with rumours suggesting that work is well underway on Valve’s new engine.
There are also a number of previously unheard of projects that have groups consisting of only a few designers. Projects with titles like “The Grange”, “Cries Unheard” and “Microbe Wars” are probably only at concept stages and may never see the light of day, even if this list of projects is completely accurate.
Using the names of employees on the list, Valvetime.net has managed to narrow the timeframe down to post-March 2013 although it features some former staff members who had left the company before that date – they probably aren’t pruned from the group but simply have their Valve mailboxes suspended when they go.
The full list of groups from Jira, which includes many typical groups like “stability” and “Steam Support” as well as many for games unrelated to Valve (perhaps for recreational meet ups?), can be found on Pastebin.