In a move which further evidences how committed to sustaining and encouraging the growth of third party mods Valve is, the Half-Life
developer has now officially hired Adam 'Cargo Cult' Foster, the maker of the popular MINERVA mod for Half-Life 2
MINERVA, which can be downloaded from the official website
, has proved to be one of the most popular Half-Life 2
modifications available thanks to the episodic release of high quality maps all set around one fairly bizarre storyline.
Revealing the information on his blog
, Adam confirmed that he has accepted the position and will now be working with Valve to design and create levels for Half-Life 2: Episode 3
Addressing concerns that MINERVA might be canned as a result, Adam said that he seriously suspects it won't be the end for the series of mods, though the small alternate reality game he constructed around the series and which involved all manner of codes, ciphers and national anthem has apparently been put to sleep.
Valve has a long history of recruiting the talented modders to full-time staff and building upon the successes of fan-projects - as can be seen by the very existence of Counter-Strike
and Team Fortress 2
Have you got a mod or series of maps that you think is deserving of a little attention, or do you just want to pass on your envious congratulations? Either way, let us know in the forums