Valve confirms Source 2, Ricochet 2 in development

Valve boss Gabe Newell has confirmed the company is working on a new Source engine, along with a sequel to Ricochet.

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Valve has been tight-lipped about the possibility of a new Source engine, never explicitly denying one but implying last year that it prefers to simply update its old engine. Apparently all it took to spill the beans was a nice party, because company president Gabe Newell let out some juicy tidbits when fans paid him a birthday visit.

The group of fans from 4chan.org's /v/ board paid a visit to Valve and posted a video of the event on YouTube (via Joystiq). Newell took some questions, and one fan asked if Valve is working on a new Source engine. His reply is muddied by some audio problems, but the answer seems clear enough.

"We've been working on new engine stuff for a while," Newell said. "We've just been waiting for a game to roll it out with." Just to make sure the response had no room for doubt, a follow-up asked if it's an entirely new engine rather than just an extension to Source, and Newell confirmed with a simple "yeah." He also mentioned a sequel to Ricochet.

In August, fans discovered what seemed to be Source 2 files hidden in the Source Filmmaker. These included references to the current engine as distinguished between "Source 2," along with Source 2 tool icons.

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    November 12, 2012 8:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Valve confirms Source 2, Ricochet 2 in development.

    Valve boss Gabe Newell has confirmed the company is working on a new Source engine, along with a sequel to Ricochet.

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      November 12, 2012 8:23 AM

      You guys know Ricochet 2 is just a joke, they're actually referring to Half-Life 3.

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        November 12, 2012 8:57 AM

        Iwanttobelieve.

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        November 12, 2012 8:59 AM

        At this point, I don't even care anymore... They've turned Half Life into Duke Nukem. By the time they release episode 3 or HL3, they will be irrelevant.

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          November 12, 2012 9:01 AM

          No, they haven't. They haven't pimped it. They haven't said boo about it. They've done the literal opposite of DNF, save for the time between Ep2 and the next game.

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          November 12, 2012 9:36 AM

          Yeah just like the long wait for HL2 made it completely irrelevant.

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            November 12, 2012 9:56 AM

            Nobody was waiting for HL2 because no one knew it was in development.

            I guess strictly speaking no one knows HL3 is in development either.

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              November 18, 2012 9:48 PM

              er, hl2 was delayed like a year, beta leaked too, it was pretty obviously in development

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          November 12, 2012 9:39 AM

          No, they haven't but keep hating.

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          November 12, 2012 11:42 AM

          L to the O to the L

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          November 12, 2012 12:59 PM

          Yes, clearly its exactly the same situation.

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          November 12, 2012 2:39 PM

          Hahahaha look at you, making a fool of yourself.

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          November 12, 2012 2:58 PM

          I fully expect poop jokes and titties in Half-Life 3.

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          November 14, 2012 11:07 PM

          troll troll troll troll trolling so much fun. Half-Life... like Duke Nukem? wtf is wrong with you.

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      November 12, 2012 9:20 AM

      They're waiting for the PS4 or next Xbox to drop. There's no way they'll release a next-gen game for PC first. They would have done it already - after all, PC's are more than a few generations beyond the consoles.

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      November 12, 2012 9:29 AM

      I feel like Ricochet should be in quotes in the headline

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      November 12, 2012 9:55 AM

      they're probably just waiting on a way to make this thing Windows 8 compatible

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      November 12, 2012 9:56 AM

      I wonder if it is at least partly based on Source rather than a ground up approach.

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      November 12, 2012 10:14 AM

      My guess is they are planning to release Source2 engine when they release HL3. Like they did with HL2. As for when though, who knows...

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        November 12, 2012 11:12 AM

        launch title for next-gen consoles, or soon after.

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          November 12, 2012 11:13 AM

          hahahaha that's cute, you think valve could stick to a deadline.

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            November 12, 2012 11:18 AM

            that's why i hedged with "soon after", heh.

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          November 12, 2012 12:08 PM

          If so, we should see it at E3, a full ten years since they revealed HL2.

          I can't believe it's been that long... :(

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            November 12, 2012 12:57 PM

            i suspect a reason we haven't seen anything yet is because they aren't allowed to show off the next gen hardware it runs on yet.

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              November 14, 2012 10:23 PM

              I doubt they would hold back the engine because of consoles. They certainly didn't do it for first iteration of the source engine. It is more likely that Valve is taking there time to develop the new game. Just remember that HL2 came 6 years after the HL1 and 8 years for TF2. The episodes were technically supposed to be the equivalent of HL3 but the episodic format didn't work for them.

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            November 14, 2012 11:28 PM

            A massive success like steam will do that, cha ching! who needs to make games anymore lol.

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        November 12, 2012 12:10 PM

        Yeah that's my feeling on it.

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      November 12, 2012 10:49 AM

      What the hell is Ricochet?

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        November 12, 2012 10:53 AM

        A Tron-like multiplayer mod for Halflife 1 that Valve released a long time ago. Never really was that popular, hence the joke.

        http://youtu.be/0NxAdFF0Pv0

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          November 12, 2012 11:51 AM

          That looks really cool...looks way more interesting that CS (then again I pretty much hate CS and felt that it was a distraction from better games like Quake...so there's that).

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            November 12, 2012 12:22 PM

            It was fun, but also fairly shallow. It got old fast.

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        November 12, 2012 11:11 AM

        One of the most amazing MP games ever created. Valves jewel in it's crown of fantastic intellectual properties.

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        November 14, 2012 10:29 PM

        It is a tron like game. In most of the interviews Newell I have seen he uses it as a code word for Half-life 3. Its one way of saying they are working on the game without committing to announcing it early. Then again they could really be working on a sequel for it.

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      November 12, 2012 11:27 AM

      It would be crazy if they made Deathmatch Classic 2.

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      November 12, 2012 11:52 AM

      It would be amazing if they were doing a new Orange box pack of some sort and Ricochet 2 was part of that...like Ricochet 2...something new and crazy (ala Portal)...and HL2: Ep.3.

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      November 15, 2012 7:04 AM

      Is Valve allergic to making games with a 3 in the title?