Portal 2 Co-Writer Jay Pinkerton Returns to Valve A Year After Departing the Company

The writer seems to have rejoined the ranks of his old stomping grounds for good. 


In 2017, Valve lost quite a few writers, namely that of Portal 2 co-writer Jay Pinkerton, as well as Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek, who worked alongside him. Pinkerton's last day at the company was in June that year, but now it seems one year later, he's decided to jump back aboard.

A Valve representative has confirmed to PC Gamer that Pinkerton is now back with the company, though no one's sure what that might mean for the future. Could we potentially see a new game in the company's future?

Pinkerton has taken his rightful place once more on Valve's official staff page with a short bio, which means he's presumably back for the foreseeable future. Aside from penning Portal 2 with a cavalcade of other talented folks, he worked on parts of Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, as well as some of the Team Fortress 2 comics. What he'll be put to work on for the time being, however, is anyone's guess.

After Valve's Gabe Newell made the announcement earlier this year that the team is going to be shipping games again, anything is possible. Right now, the company's working on the project Artifact, though there's no telling what all could be in store. We'll have to relax and keep an eye out for what's coming down the pipeline, as well as what Pinkerton could have his hands on going forward. 

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