RPS reports Valve’s Source SDK will soon be available for free in its entirety, for everyone. This comes directly from the Team Fortress 2 man Robin Walker of Valve, who credited the upcoming release to a chance in Team Fortress 2 to a free-to-play game.
If that’s true, you will soon have access to all the tools you would need to create a modification for a Source game.
The news first came from a response Walker made to a Reddit thread about Zombie Panic Source and No More Room In Hell. When asked if buying an item in the Mann Co. store would give players access to the Source SDK, Walker replied:
Yep. That said, your email has triggered a process here that made us re-examine that, and we’re going to just go ahead and make the Source SDK freely available. Thanks for making us better!
Rock Paper Shotgun got this response when they emailed the developer for clarification:
We are in the process of getting it all done. It’s a bit messy because we have multiple versions of the SDK, and there’s some dependencies we need to shake out. But yes, the gist of it is that we’re just going to go ahead and make the Source SDK freely available.
Everything is looking too good for now but you can trust Valve, expect an announcement sooner rather than latter.