Valve Makes Source 2 Engine Free for Game Developers
Valve is following Epic Games with a one way ticket to game-building freedom as it has made its Source 2 engine for free for all you would-be developers out there.
Polygon reports that Valve has revealed that the Source 2 is not only a thing, but is a good and free thing. At the 2015 GDC, Valve unveiled its newer, more powerful game engine, Source 2, which is the successor of its original Source engine. Source has a legacy of its own with games such as Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life 2 and the Left 4 Dead series running off of it. Now, the Source 2 engine will have to live up to its predecessor, but that it will probably have a head start what with it being free and all.
Jay Stelly of Valve admitted that the new engine will be all about creator productivity and not just the big names that will give the company a lot of money:
With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity. Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not just for the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games.
Another exciting revelation in terms of Source 2 is a special version that will be compatible with Vulkan. For those of you who don't know, Vulkan is a, "cross-platform, cross-vendor 3D graphics API that allows games developers to get the most out of the latest graphics hardware."
While there still isn't any information on the Source 2's release or any of the projects that it currently has under its belt, we can't wait to see what kinds of games will be created in the long run using this new engine.