Campo Santo has decided to stop playing with fire, but there's no guarantee their next destination will be much safer. The creators of Firewatch have pulled back the curtain on their next project, and while in many respects the experience looks to share much in common with its predecessor, the setting will be vastly different In the Valley of Gods.
In the Valley of Gods sends players into a "remote and ancient valley in the Egyptian desert, uncovering treasure and treachery in pursuit of a discovery that could bring you fame and fortune—or leave you for dead, buried beneath the sands." It's the 1920s, and you control Rashida, a "disgraced former explorer and filmmaker given one last shot at the adventurous life." You're certain that "somewhere, beyond the endless miles of dunes, ruins, and tombs lies an incredible archaeological discovery," but in order to discover it, you'll need to cooperate with Zora, the "former partner you vowed never to work with again."
The free-roaming 3D game is controlled in first-person, with Zora accompanying you at least part of the way. We don't know much yet about the gameplay involved, but the developers promise a "sprawling narrative" and "dynamic" cinematic experience, as clearly on display already in the first trailer released.
Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a while for the feel of sand on our feet, as the tentative completion date for In the Valley of Gods on PC is slated for 2019, with possible other platforms to follow. In the meantime, you can follow along with its progress through the official website and the developer's blog.