Valve has hired a significant portion of the development team behind Kerbal Space Program. According to former Valve employee Roger Lundeen, the members of Squad were brought into Valve at some point in the last few months.
Exactly what this new group of designers will be working on is unclear. Valve confirmed that hiring of the staff but only stated that more details would be coming soon. However, they have previously announced that they are working on three VR games, which the company has described as full releases rather than experiments. The former Squad team could be working on one of these games.
The move isn’t that much of a surprise as Valve have previously hired development teams working on other games and mods in the past. The team that created Portal original began as a student project who were brought into Valve when the company liked their work on a new experimental game that eventually turned into the highly-rated puzzler.