Valve leak contains the developer's "entire repository", including Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2 assets

Half-Life 2
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It looks like Valve's "entire repository" - that is, a huge bundle of assets from all of its games, including Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life Episodes 1 and 2 - have leaked online (opens in new tab).  

With the Team Fortress 2 bundle of assets alone weighing in at 61GB, the leak - which features assets from Portal, Counter-Strike: Source, Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source, and Half-Life 2: Episodes 1, 2, and 2's multiplayer - features thousands of assets, some of which originate from modified or cut content.

According to PC Gamer (opens in new tab), leaker Leakerwanderer appears to have disseminated the files on Discord, saying they'd had the files since 2016 but had held off sharing them because they were "threatened every time".

"I don't care anymore," the leaker reportedly said on Discord (opens in new tab). "I also did my toying around with it for a few years, and did not upload because I was threatened every time.

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"A real shame. I have no legal binding to these files. Not anymore.

"I have held onto these since 2016. Most of the file dates are from when I moved them after my computer blew up in 2019."

As the files are sanctioned asset libraries that Valve devs would share with third parties, you won't find any Half-Life 3 files in here, but it does give fans a chance to see asset art from their favorite games, and will likely be a goldmine to modders.

In case you missed it, a mysterious new Valve project popped up on Steam in the New Year.

On January 4, a new listing for something called Valve Event Upload (opens in new tab) was discovered on SteamDB. No, there's not that much information available right now, but the most important piece of the puzzle is that this is a 'Config' file - something only Valve itself can create. 

According to Tyler McVicker, who has dedicated years to unpicking Valve's secrets, those 'configs' "are specifically done for large releases that [Valve] control". McVicker pointed out that the CS:GO team was making changes around the time that the Valve Event Upload listing dropped, whilst others wonder if it might be linked to the Neon Prime (opens in new tab) trademark that appeared last year. There's also hype that it may be 'The Orange Box 2', although there's no evidence of that at this time.

Keep up to date with all the best games set to launch next year with our guide to new games 2023 (opens in new tab)

Vikki Blake
Weekend Reporter, GamesRadar+

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.