Gabe Newell confirms it: Source 2 is on the way

For the last 8 years, Valve's Source engine has been at the forefront of gaming. According to Valve founder Gabe Newell, though, that's about to change.

Last week, some folks from 4chan’s gaming board, /v/, decided to stop by Valve HQ for Gabe's (affectionately known as Gaben among fans) 50th birthday. They posted a video of the encounter on YouTube, and if you're patient you'll get to see his giant birthday card, and the Team Fortress 2-inspired Mann Co. crate they presented him with (they even charged him $2.50 to open it).

Buried somewhere inside the 52 minute video is this really interesting exchange between two fans and Gabe (skip ahead to 6:07 if you want to hear it):

Fan: Is Valve potentially already working on a new engine?

Fan: Source 2? Could or… could not be?

Gabe Newell: We’ve been working on Valve’s new engine stuff for a while, we’re probably just [incomprehensible, subtitled as: "waiting for a game to roll it out with"]

Fan: Is it going to be more than just an extension to Source? Is it an entirely new engine?

Gabe Newell: Yeah!

So there you have it, straight from the horse's mouth. Source 2, or whatever they end up calling it, is indeed in development at Valve. Come to think of it, it may not even be far from release, since there's already references to it in some of Valve's code. If we were betting men, we'd put our money on it launching side by side with Half-Life 3.

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Hey Gabe how about fixing some of the bugs in Source first ?
Like if you have an official map extracted to your maps folder
the game runs fine except you lag and stutter when looking side/side, up/down etc
Or how about fixing the Benchmark map so your not stuck staring at the ground lol
Need more ideas ?
Go listen to your paying customers in your own forum..

Source was the gaming engine that (in my opinion) first dragged computer gaming and in particular graphics into the modern era. I'm excited to see where they go with Source 2.

Me too. I'm hoping it has DX10/11 features and primary support for 64-bit (with 32-bit being secondary). Also, no support for DX9 and Windows XP.

Anaron said,
Me too. I'm hoping it has DX10/11 features and primary support for 64-bit (with 32-bit being secondary). Also, no support for DX9 and Windows XP.

I'm thinking we'll be lucky if it supports Windows right now.

So rather then getting Gabe a new keyboard with a working No. 3 key, they decided, a Team Fortress 2-inspired Mann Co. crate would be better... and they wonder why they don't have Half Life 3 yet.

yeoo_andy_ni said,
Worst kept secret from Valve. Best kept secret; HL3 release date

that's so secret that not even Gabe knows it

yeoo_andy_ni said,
Worst kept secret from Valve. Best kept secret; HL3 release date

ya like hl2
they lied through their teeth about the game being done
and then some guy leaked the source code and we all could see clearly
that they had NOT finished making HL2 and we're far from it and that they had started the porting of CS to CSS and had one map ported.. De_Piranesi (the first CSS map)

Oh and the we don't collect any info from people except when customers provide full info including names and address and cc numbers and when confronted about that they put the blame on a 3rd party.

I take what is said with a grain of salt..

I am Not PCyr said,

I take what is said with a grain of salt..


Considering most of your replies are total asstalk, i'd sooner take whatever you said with a grain of salt.