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Valve announces Source 2 graphic engine, free for everyone

by Ron Duwell | March 3, 2015March 3, 2015 5:32 pm PDT

Source Engine

Just when you thought it might never happen, Valve steps up and delivers. The company has finally revealed the Source 2 graphic engine at GDC 2015.

The Source 2 engine is the official successor to Valve’s legendary Source engine, the one which powered hits like Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source and Left 4 Dead. The new, more powerful engine will improve on the revolutionary physics and graphical output it brought to the table, and Valve isn’t the only group who will have access to it.

Source 2 will be free for everyone to use!

“With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity,” says Valve’s Jay Stelly.

“Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not just for the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games.”

Suddenly the timing of that Unreal Engine 4 announcement becoming free makes a lot of sense.

No release window, estimated date, or even a flagship game to show off its power has been provided by Valve just yet, but that inevitable question is sure to be back on the forefront of the gaming community’s mind. You know, THAT question.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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