Source Engine 2? Left 4 Dead 3? Numbers? Valve?

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2013 - 02:56 AM |
Tagged: valve, Source 2, L4D3

Valve is a secretive company and it is rare, but possible, to get a leak out of them.

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How does Valve count to 3? On their fingers first, apparently.

Now, once they know, practice it for the next half of their life.

PC Gamer was lucky. A portion of Valve's corporate changelog was photographed and somehow made its way into their possession. Due to the condition of their picture, more commonly known as "low resolution and bad", I am guessing someone was... phoning it in... at work that day. A couple of entries are a little more serious than I am:

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Pardon the ugliness and eyebleed: my attempt is to make text more visible.

Click to make larger or check out the original at PC Gamer.

Update: Or, thanks to one of our readers, a *much* better version at imgur.

  • [Source2] Changed typedef for ENTITYFUNCPTR to point to a CEntityInstance member instead of a CB...
  • [Source2] Changed L4D3's test_networking unit test to use the devtest level again. Ran assert-free...
  • [Source2] Restored L4D3's devtest unit test. Ran locally 6 times without an assert. There may be an...

Looking into patterns, I would expect that all changes tagged with the yellow "2" refer to a Source Engine 2 change. If true, that would add the following four entries, alongside the above three, referring to Valve's next-generation of video game engines.

  • Getting VScript running on the client: Created tier4 interface VSCRIPT_SERVICE_INTERFACE_CLIEN...
  • Auto-submit of game binaries - built from revision 1858395... Changes included in this submit: Chang...
  • Auto-submit of game binaries - built from revision 1858344... Changes included in this submit: Chang...
  • Added model_editor support for creating a blank vagrp->SplitQC translator into own file in model...

I have the feeling that a few little nuggets can be extracted from these entries if left to the crowd. First and foremost, Valve is a very productive company; these entries illustrate just an hour of development time. Valve caffeine consumption aside, production of Left 4 Dead 3 seems to be ramped up to a decent level. They are at the point of testing networking code modules which, I expect, occurs after the prototyping phase.

Have any reading to add from these tea leaves?

Source: PC Gamer

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August 7, 2013 | 03:20 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Much better quality screenshot

August 7, 2013 | 03:50 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

... huh. Thanks!

August 7, 2013 | 03:52 AM - Posted by icebug

The pictures are from Na'Vi's trip through the Valve studios before The International 3 started.

August 7, 2013 | 11:05 AM - Posted by razor512

May be a fake set up by valve. The upper management is scared of the number 3 and if a worker were to use the number 3 in official work, will likely get fired.

August 7, 2013 | 02:32 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

I would laugh if Valve called it "Left 4"

August 7, 2013 | 06:54 PM - Posted by Nilbog

I think i am more excited for Source 2, than any specific game built upon it. Except for a new Half Life of course.

I am really looking forward to seeing what the new engine is capable of. I assume it will be a minimum of DX11. Though it would be interesting if they used OpenGL, to be more Linux friendly.

Seeing how well the current engine has held up, i have high hopes for the new one.

August 12, 2013 | 04:38 PM - Posted by Poci

Maybe they could make it both Direct X and Open GL like they did with original HL. You could choose the renderer in options in that game.

August 8, 2013 | 12:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I need Left4Dead3 to be ready for sale this year is over, please!

August 8, 2013 | 06:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


August 8, 2013 | 08:10 PM - Posted by Oldtowncop (not verified)

HA i get it "for the next HALF of there LIFE"

August 10, 2013 | 09:08 PM - Posted by praack

it's all on valve time- so once they run the program through the PORTAL interface it will be 7 more years till completion

sigh HL3 where are you? i am not looking for some pie in the sky just more of the same and the end of the story- you can even keep the same game engine....

sigh valve time

August 11, 2013 | 10:10 PM - Posted by Poci

I posted about this "rumour" in gaming section of forums and everyone denied it and bashed me. Same goes for Half Life 3.

I told you they would come and everyone was skeptical.

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