There’s no way of telling whether they’re going to officially unveil something “soon”, but evidence has been unearthed that indicates Valve is definitely working on a follow-up to its popular Source Engine. Originally making its debut in November 2004 (Counter Strike Source and Half-Life 2 were the first two games to make use of it) the engine is by now getting a little old. That hasn’t stopped Valve from using it to put out some stunning games however; Portal 2 still looks rather lovely.
Website Valve Time has done some digging through the files and scripts that make up Valve’s recently released Source Filmmaker. While wading through line upon line of code, they uncovered numerous references to a “Source 2”.
The name “Source 2” is very likely a reference to a “next-gen” Source engine so to speak. But for the pessimists out there who believe it could be a reference to anything else, a specific line of script was uncovered that supplies enough evidence to believe that this is a new engine being referenced.
“Return an str with the current engine version.
If key doesn’t doesn’t exist, assume ‘Source’, otherwise invalid — assume next-gen ‘Source 2’.”
Furthermore, another group has uncovered a set of icons that have been labelled “Source 2 tools”, presumably in preparation for eventual Source Engine 2 integration with the Source Filmmaker. Rounding off all of the indications that Valve has something up their sleeve is a sneaky update the company made to their business profile on their website. In the section that discusses the Source Engine, a new line has been added to the end of the description: “And it’s about to get even better.”
The fact that Valve is working on a new engine to power their future games shouldn’t come as a big surprise. I’ll wager it’s causing a stir online because people are hoping that a new engine will debut alongside a certain game that’s been MIA for quite some time.