Just weeks after departing the indie studio he helped found, Mike Maulbeck has been welcomed back into the fold by his Code Avarice colleagues.
Maulbeck was forced to resign from Code Avarice in October after threatening to kill Valve founder Gavel Newell in a Twitter post that he later clarified was not intended to be taken seriously. Unsurprisingly, Valve responded by removing the team’s game, Paranautical Activity, from the industry leading Steam service. At that time, Maulbeck pledged to sell his stake in Code Avarice in order to assist the team in mending fences with Valve.
A blog post on the studio’s website has since announced that “Mike couldn’t commit to his decision to leave” and that he and cofounder Travis Pfenning “agreed the best thing to do would be to have Mike return to Code Avarice.”
Paranautical Activity is still nowhere to be found on Steam, suggesting that there is still work to be done to repair that particular relationship.
The team is now working on a new project entitled Spinal Destination.