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Valve has Announced Source 2 Engine at GDC, Free for Developers
Developers must be pretty happy this week, as Unreal Engine 4 went free and Unity 5 was announced as well. Now, more good news has come their way. At GDC, Valve revealed their brand new Source 2 Engine. Not only that, but it will be free of cost for content developers, similar to Unity.
Source 2 is the successor of the original Source Engine. Long time Valve fans will know that it was used to make Half Life 2 and other popular games. The original engine was mostly used for the development of Valve’s own titles, but some third party games were also powered by Source. The latest AAA example being TitanFall.
According to Valve:
With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity. 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.
For the time being, we don’t know much about Source 2 and it is also unclear what does Valve mean by free? Is the whole thing free for developers or will Valve charge royalties on final products?
These questions remain to be answered and hopefully, Valve will soon share more about its policy regarding Source 2. Lastly, the first thing that comes to mind while reading about Source 2, is Half Life 3. One can only hope Source 2 will be the engine that’ll give us the awaited Half Life 3.
Do you think Valve will start developing Half Life 3 on Source 2 anytime soon?