DOTA 2 May Be Running Source Engine 2. Now.

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2014 - 09:00 PM |
Tagged: valve, source engine, Source 2, DOTA 2

While it may not seem like it in North America, we are in a busy week for videogame development. GDC Europe, which stands for Game Developers Conference Europe, is just wrapping up to make room for Gamescom, which will take up the rest of the week. Valve will be there and people are reading tea leaves to find out why. SteamOS seems likely, but what about their next generation gaming engine, Source 2? Maybe it already happened?

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Valve is the most secretive company with values of openness that I know. They are pretty good at preventing leaks from escaping their walls. Recently, Dota 2 was updated to receive new features and development tools for user-generated maps and gametypes. The tools currently require 64-bit Windows and a DirectX 11-compatible GPU.

Those don't sound like Source requirements...

And the editor doesn't look like Valve's old tools.

Video Credit: "Valve News Network".

Leaks also point to things like "tf_imported", "left4dead2_source2", and "left4dead2_imported". This is interesting. Valve is pushing Dota 2, their most popular, free-to-play game into Source 2. Also, because it is listed as "tf" rather than "tf2", like "dota" is not registered as "dota2" but "left4dead2" keeps its number, this might mean that the free-to-play Team Fortress 2 could be in a perpetual-development mode, like Dota 2. Eventually, it could be pushed to the new engine and given more content.

As for Left4Dead2? I am wondering if it is intended to be a product, rather than an internal (or external) Source 2 tech demo.

Was this what brought Valve to Gamescom, or will be be surprised by other announcements (or nothing at all)?

Source: Polygon
August 13, 2014 | 08:31 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Left 4 Dead 2 is already a game, I'm guessing these are remnants of those earlier leaked images of the updated L4D2 graphics:

http://www.valvetime.net/threads/source-2-left-4-dead-2-prototype-screen...

August 13, 2014 | 01:34 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Heh, I know that Left 4 Dead 2 is a game. I own it. I played the heck out of it, even once on our PC Perspective gaming stream. I meant that I'm not sure if they're intending to productize Left 4 Dead 2 on Source 2, as a remake or whatever, or if it is just a tech demo for Source 2 that will never see actual release.

August 13, 2014 | 12:27 PM - Posted by Shortwave (not verified)

All I care about in regards to this is..
I hope that means it's DX11 now (not sure if it was?)
And if so, that it will be ported to Shield easier in turn.
To NATIVELY run on the shield. Not stream.

I would very much enjoy this.

August 13, 2014 | 12:28 PM - Posted by Shortwave (not verified)

Yea, I clearly just woke up and skimmed. HA.

I bet this is to prep source ports to Shield.
: ) THEY BETTER.

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