Former PopCap developers–turned–Valve employees Jeff Gates and Tod Semple are returning to the indie scene, IGN reports.
“Jeff and I are working on indie games again,” Semple told IGN. “We were working for Valve in a remote office in San Mateo. It turned out that there weren’t many benefits for either side in that arrangement.
“Valve was super cool about it and is letting us continue to work on our game and is also giving us the office. So Jeff and I are starting up a new company called Temple Gates Games.”
Their departure also means that Valve’s remote San Francisco office, which the two of them ran alone as a subsidiary, will be closed down.
“We were big fans of their prior work,” a representative from Valve told IGN. “We worked with them during their startup phase, but they’re independent now and still working on their game. We wish them the best of luck.”
Both Gates and Semple were involved in the original Plants vs. Zombies at PopCap.