Valve has acquired acclaimed indie developer Campo Santo, the team behind vibrant walking simulator Firewatch and the upcoming In the Valley of Gods. While the studio will relocate to Bellevue, it’ll continue to operate autonomously, meaning that it will still be making its own games on its own terms. Presumably it’ll just get perks provided by Gabe Newell’s deep pockets, including a recent trip to Hawaii, which Kotaku reports the group got to attend as part of Valve’s annual retreat.

Writing on its website, Campo Santo said: “In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn’t happen every day). In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives. It quickly became an obvious match.” Congrats to everyone involved, we guess.

[via blog.camposanto.com]