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A new Soundcache system

29 Mar: VDC users are exploring possible improvements to Source's Soundcache system. If you have any experience with soundcaches or packaging and distributing a mod, please consider dipping in!

Talk:Soundcache#A new Soundcache system

VDC now on IRC

26 Mar: There's now an unofficial Valve Developer Community IRC channel on IRCnet, #vdc. Do please join the crowd if you're into IRCing!

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Episode 1 delayed

25 Mar: Half-Life 2: Episode 1 has been pushed back to May 31st, a month later than previous release estimations. SiN Episodes: Emergence has also been delayed to May, and Ritual staff member Michael Russell had this to say on the official forums [2]:

There is actually a very good reason for the game being released in May. However, it's not my place to say what that reason is.

What I can say is that we wouldn't be moving the release date that far back if the end result wasn't going to be good for the game, good for gamers and good for Ritual as well.

Stay tuned...the answer will be revealed...

Presumably both games are waiting on the same development.

Next-Gen Source for consoles to be revealed 'very, very soon'

22 Mar: In an interview with Firing Squad [3], Doug Lombardi revealed that Valve' next-generation iteration of Source is about to be revealed:

FiringSquad: Valve has secured a number of licenses for its Source engine from both big and small developers. Overall is Valve happy with the amount of interest in the engine and does it plan to expand its licenses in the future?

Doug Lombardi: We feel like this effort is just beginning. We're very interested in getting the word out to the community that Source is available for 3rd party licensing, it's a flexible set of technology, and we'll be announcing a next generation console version (created in house at Valve) very, very soon.

Turtle Rock developing 'next-gen' Source title for Steam

16 mar: Long-time Counter-Strike contributors (including the CS Souce bot) have announced a standalone game being built on Source and Steam [4]:

Turtle Rock Studios, the independent studio that has co-developed recent Counter-Strike games with Valve, today announces a new Source-based title in development for the PC, to be released via Valve’s Steam online platform for digital distribution.

Turtle Rock Studios was founded by Michael Booth in 2002, and has grown to include industry veterans who have contributed to such titles as Nox, Red Alert II: Yuri's Revenge, and Command & Conquer: Generals.

“Working with Source and Steam allows us unprecedented flexibility in our development process, provides instantaneous world-wide distribution, and affords us the creative freedom to focus on building a game universe of our very own.” said Booth. “We’re excited to be working with this technology and to reveal more about the project over the coming year.”

Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Released

14 mar: Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, Tripwire Interactive's first-person action game set on the Russian Front of WWII, is now available via Steam for just $24.95.

For more information, please visit http://www.steampowered.com.

Empires

3rd Mar: The Empires team is set to release the first version of its Source MOD this weekend, and have put out a giant trailer ahead of the game's launch that you may get off of their site. If playing a game that is a cross between a real-time strategy game and a first person shooter is something you'd be interested in checking out, keep an eye on the Empires site this weekend.

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Abilities of Source

3rd Mar: Several projects have been completed using Source; it makes sense to show the public how the Source engine has many applications. Check out Source in Academic Work for the showcase of projects built with the Source engine.

MINERVA: Metastasis 2 released

3rd Mar: The second map in the award-winning 'MINERVA: Metastasis' trilogy has been released. Featuring further exploration and infiltration deep inside the mysterious island base from the first part, you shall uncover some of the secrets behind the Combine's mechanised occupation of the island and also reveal many more.

Lauded by gamers across the globe, it is the second part of a provocative, literary, apocryphal and brutal series which will redefine the way you think of Half-Life 2.

MINERVA: Metastasis 2 is part two of the episodic and ongoing MINERVA series by Adam Foster. It contains an updated version of Metastasis 1, and can be cleanly installed over any existing installations.

ZHLT and CST Updates Available

Amckern, the developer of ZHLT and CST, has informed us that he has released ZHLT 3.4 Final as well as CST 1.1. Zoner's Half Life Tools (ZHLT) are custom map compiling tools for Half-Life that increase quality, speed up map compiles, and give you better overall results, Custom Source Tools (CST) do the same but for the Source Engine. If you're a level designer, then you know these tools are a must have. The updated files are available for download here.

Valve at Game Developers Conference 2006

20th Feb: Valve is taking part in four lectures at the upcoming GDC2006 industry event.

  • Valve's Design Process for Creating Half-Life 2 [5] Download
    • Brian Jacobson
    • David Speyrer
  • Physical Gameplay in Half-Life 2 [6]
    • Jay Stelly
  • What's Next in Digital Distribution & Mainstream Games [7]
    • Gabe Newell
    • Greg Zeschuk (Bioware)
    • Ray Muzyka (Bioware)
    • Greg Canessa (Xbox Live!)
    • Lars Brubaker (Reflexive Entertainment)
    • Thomas Arundel (Introversion)
  • The Art of Munging AI [8]
    • Tom Leonard (Valve)
    • Jessica Bayliss (University professor or something)
    • John O'Brien (Red Storm)

There was also a session about Counter-Strike Neo, the arcade version of Counter-Strike developed by Namco. Their player data analysis(enjoyment/behavior model) is insightful even if you are not interested in localization. gamasutra feature

  • The Localization of Counter Strike in Japan[9] Download
    • Kouichirou Taninami (Project Manager, Namco LTD.)

Twilight War: After the Fall Resurrected!

17 Feb 2006: The MMORPG Twilight War, cancelled in December of last year, has been brought back to life with new investment, following a deal in which the concept was licenced to IT company General Computers along with a sub-licence of the Source engine. The Twilight War forums remain closed, but original developers Smiling Gator promise to keep supporters informed.

Friends 3.0 beta released

31 Jan 2006: The instant messaging feature of Steam is back in action. Check the beta page for more information.

New category headers

We are testing out a new version of the Source documentation category headers. Please leave your comments! --TomEdwards 12:29, 21 Jan 2006 (PST)

Dystopia Update 4 Released

dys_Silo's missile launch control room

11 Jan 2006: Update 4 for the Dystopia demo has been released. The update includes 2 new levels, dys_Silo and dys_Fortress along with a huge number of changes. You can find a long list of mirrors on the downloads page of the Dystopia website.


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HL2: Aftermath Dated: April 24th on Steam and at retail

Doug Lombardi via ModHQ:

"We're currently targeting April 24th for the release of both Aftermath and

Platinum.

Platinum will include HL2, HL2 DM, CS: Source, DoD: Source, and Aftermath."

HL2: Substance v1.2 Gold Released

03 Jan 2006: A new version of HL2: Substance has been released. Go down to: halflife2.filefront.com to download it. Changelist.

New version of Battle Grounds 2 released

01 Jan 2006: A new version of Battle Grounds 2 called BG2 v0.15 has been released