Valve’s Source engine has been around for some time now. Not in the same iteration that it was initially unveiled – it looks far better now than then – but it’s starting to show its age a little. Fortunately, some of the guys over at Valvetime have been looking into the recently released Source filmmaker files and have discovered references of what looks to be a next generation Source engine. Not just one or two either, but over sixty.
While there are plenty that have got Valve fans excited, the one that is drawing the most interest and is perhaps the most obvious is:
“Return an str with the current engine version. If key doesn’t exist, assume ‘Source’, otherwise invalid — assume next-gen ‘Source 2’.”
Throughout the freeware movie maker’s files there are also references to something called Hybrid, which is being speculated as the base engine that Source 2 is built upon. Some are also suggesting that this could be an OpenGL system instead of using Microsoft’s DirectX – backing up Gabe Newell’s comments that Linux was a good future gaming platform – but there have been no found references to either platform within the filmmaker.
What could Source 2 be used for? Half Life 3 perhaps? Of maybe Half Life 2: Episode 3. The latter of those two is gaining some credence in the rumour mill, since there was a reference to a new Alyx model also found in the Filmmaker files.
Of course all this is speculation at the moment so take it all with a big pinch of salt, but it’s still exciting.