Valve Getting Ready For Its "Next Gen" Source Engine?

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Valve's Source Engine has been powering the company's games for nearly a decade now, having made its debut all the way back in 2004 with Half-Life 2. While it's done an admirable job in recent years for games like Left 4 Dead, updates and revisions can't mask the fact it's getting a little long in the tooth.

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A replacement was always going to be needed, then, but when? It might be soon, if these snippets of code found in Valve's recently-released Source Filmmaker are to be trusted.

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One such snippet reads:

'''Return an str with the current engine version.
If key doesn't doesn't exist, assume 'Source', otherwise invalid — assume next-gen 'Source 2'.'''

Along with mentions in code, there's also apparently some icons hidden away in the Source Filmmaker for "Source 2 tools".

Interestingly, in September of last year Valve made a very quiet change to its website, adding the line "And it's about to get even better" to its description of the Source Engine.

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Since Valve's last "generation" of titles (HL2, Left 4 Dead, TF2) made appearances on consoles like the 360 and PS3, could a newer version of Source be on the way soon that's better suited towards the next generation? Or is this just some handy future-proofing for a tool that'll likely still be in use long after the original Source Engine is done and dusted?

And while we're on the subject of speculating, I wonder what games Valve could possibly be working on that would debut alongside a new engine...

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We've contacted Valve for comment and clarification, and will update if we hear back.

EXCLUSIVE: Next-Gen Source 2 Engine Is In Development [ValveTime]

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LowOnStimpaks
LowOnStimpaks

Fuck sakes. OF COURSE THEY ARE!!! Jesus fucking shitmuffins, THINK ABOUT IT!!!

Why else would we have not seen HL3 on the horizon in the past few years? What game always comes out that debut's Valve's newest engine? HALF-FUCKING-LIFE! This is their pattern. This is how they do their business. This is why we've had to wait a fuck of a long time for anything on Half Life 3, because they're looking to change the ever loving fuck out of gaming for the third time with their next engine.

Sorry. Just to see this post reading as a "Maybe they're doin somethin, I dunno" kind of irks me. Common sense.

PS I've been drinking Grant's No. 2 Scotch since Curiosity landed 3 hours ago.