pOrtal Designer Leaves Valve To Join Dark Void Developer

Kim Swift, known best for her team lead role on the acclaimed title Portal has joined Airtight Games as a Project Lead. She will build and "lead a team in the development of games aimed at a more diverse audience".

"We are thrilled to work with Kim," Jim Deal, President, Airtight Games, said. "Her addition to the team represents a strategic move by Airtight Games into new and broader gaming markets."

Swift comes to Airtight with several years of game design expertise. After being hired by Valve straight out of college along with her senior project team to create the award-winning title Portal, she has held key roles on teams that developed some of the industry's most critically acclaimed and popular titles such as Left 4 Dead, and more recently Left 4 Dead 2.

"I've learned so much and had some amazing experiences at Valve," Kim said. "But when I heard I had the opportunity to work on innovative titles with my friends over at Airtight, I couldn't pass it up."

Airtight Games was formed in 2004 from the core team that shipped the award winning Xbox title, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge. Airtight has been working with publishers and industry leaders on contracts and publishing deals which include Capcom's Dark Void.

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pOrtal Designer Leaves Valve To Join Dark Void Developer

This very much adds to the speculation that Valve is "forgeting" their non-cash-cow games.They got their taste on L4D, that was their smallest game, yet outsold everything else.And what do you know, one year later there is a new one just like it :DSort of like Blizzard, that poops out a little addon for WoW, while Diablo gets bumped to 2011, and Starcraft to a "maybe" 2010.

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