Valve Announces Source 2 Engine, Says It Will Be Free To Content Developers

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Valve revealed Source 2, a successor to their Source Engine, at the Game Developers Conference 2015 today. The company says the Source 2 engine will be available for free to content developers, similar to Unity and Epic’s Unreal Engine.


The original Source engine made its debut with Counter-Strike: Source, and was used to develop games such as Half-Life 2 and Left 4 Dead. More recently, it was used to create Titanfall.


“With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity,” said 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.”


The Source 2 engine does not have a release date yet.

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.