Valve quietly launches Source 2

What Valve is working on at any one time is often a point of contention for fans. There's the rumoured Half Life 3, another Portal, a Left 4 Dead sequel, it could all be being developed or none of it, thanks to Valve's disinterest in far flung teases and mid-development announcements, something that's far from common in the contemporary gaming industry.

However, something that Valve has been confirmed to be working on for some time, is a sequel to its Source engine, Source 2 and it looks like it might have soft-launched it with no fanfare whatsoever, porting DotA 2 over to it in the process.

Released alongside the alpha of DotA 2's Workshop tools, was a big update for DotA's Hammer map editor, but the changes are far and beyond changing its version number, it appears to be running an entirely new engine.

As the source reverse engineering groups on Reddit have pointed out, key files like 'engine2.dll', 'vconsole2.exe' and 'vphysics2.dll' all point towards a new version of the engine, alongside the editing tools themselves.

There's also several big changes made that upgrade the abilities of the engine far beyond what it was capable of doing just a few days ago, which would certainly point to a new version of Source.

System requirements have also taken a jump, though some have suggested that that could be mostly to do with a lack of optimisation as of yet. Everything looks and plays the same, but for some, frame rates have really dropped.

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Didn't really enjoy HL2 all

Didn't really enjoy HL2 all that much, I feel like HL1 was probably more enjoyable, although I did play through both of them so that is something I guess, didn't care enough to hit up the episodes though, I own them I just doubt I will ever play them, I feel like Half-Life and Valve in general get a lot more credit than they deserve and Gaben has got it in his head that it is his way or the highway which is self destructive in the gaming industry so many companies wanting our money and such.


I did play HL2 again yesterday and it was still great. You should change your name, by now we always know you're gonna say something stupid as usual like you just did.

HL2 was fairly awful when it

HL2 was fairly awful when it was released and the gameplay hasn't aged well... who's idea was it to have an incredibly boring, prolonged airboat sequence? Are Valve huge fans of Gator or something? And Ravenholme is more boring and frustrating than scary. The physics puzzles - Oh god, the physics puzzles. Valve were like toddlers opening a new box of lego with those. The characters are shallow, the humour childlike and the story is written at the level of middle school fan fiction. I can't believe a decade later people are still defending that train wreck as the god of all games.

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