New Valve Game Engine Files Found in Filmmaker Program
A post on Eurogamer today reports that a new game engine from Valve, the “Source 2,” is currently in development. The evidence comes from Valvetime.net, whose users found and posted lines of code from within Valve’s Source Filmmaker that make reference to Source 2…such as this bit of broken English:
“Return an str with the current engine version. If key doesn’t doesn’t exist, assume ‘Source’, otherwise invalid — assume next-gen ‘Source 2.’”
The original Source engine—still in use in Valve’s games today—debuted in 2004, and has been continually tweaked and upgraded with subsequent releases, says the post. But the code above hints at a new version of the engine on the way from Valve soon, since the Filmmaker was released only about a month ago.
A description on Valve’s own website describes the current Source engine thusly:
“We don’t like to brag, but Source is considered the most flexible, comprehensive, and powerful game development environment out there. And it’s about to get even better.”
It’s easy to forget that developers like Valve are often hard at work making new things and innovating new products, even when we don’t hear about them. Gamers call for Gabe Newell’s head because they still don’t know when Half-Life 3 will show up, but it’s not as though the guys at Valve just sit around eating cheeseburgers all day laughing at their customers.
And I’m not saying that the Source 2 is a sure sign that you’re going to get that next installment of Half-Life any time soon, either. But don’t be surprised to hear about some new exciting stuff sooner rather than later.
What do you think? Excited by the potential of Source 2? Or do you just want that next Half-Life already, engine be damned?