Valve confirms next-gen Source engine exists and is just 'waiting for a game to roll it out with'

We've heard rumours about a next-gen version of Valve's Source Engine being in development, some of which even came from code inside Source Filmmaker. But Gabe Newell has finally gone on the record (see for yourself below at 6:14) to state that Source 2 is in the works, it is a brand new engine and it's only waiting for a game to release it with. 

Naturally, our excitable minds immediately leap to the conclusion that it will be used on Half-Life 3 and that Valve isn't ready to announce that game yet. Especially as the original Source was made for Half-Life 2. But then, we keep expecting Half-Life 3 at every major gaming event and it just never shows up.

The original Source Engine runs everything from Half-Life 2 and Portal to Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead. It was designed to be incrementally upgraded, which is why it's powered top-end games for so long. But the base code is getting old, so the existence of a brand new, next-gen version is definitely worth getting excited about. More as soon as we have it.

Source: Develop


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  • Fox_Mulder - November 12, 2012 9:04 p.m.

    HL3 is coming... just have faith...
  • D0CCON - November 12, 2012 8:43 p.m.

    For about a year now I've been thinking that Half Life 3 would come with a new engine. It all makes sense to me. The Source engine has aged, Half-Life introduced it, and Valve hasn't shown us a single screen of the game. It's been five years without a screenshot. I can't imagine that happening unless Valve doesn't want us seeing the new engine its using.
  • CUFCfan616 - November 12, 2012 6:56 p.m.

    This will be the last engine that Valve will make as, naturally, there won't be a Source 3
  • Travia220 - November 12, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    Obviously Valve was working on a new engine, you'd be silly to believe a new one would never come anyway. It's still good news to get a confirmation though. Hopefully they give us something better than Hammer Editor with this new Engine.
  • gazzc - November 12, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    About damn time they said something. Half life 3 announced at this years E3, trust me.....
  • gazzc - November 12, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    **I mean next years
  • RedHarlow - November 12, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    Did anyone not think Valve was working on a new graphics engine?
  • slimjim441 - November 12, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    I can't for Half-Life to never come out...

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