Gabe Newell confirms the existence of Valve’s next-generation engine

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“Source 2” is in production, according to a conversation between 4chan’s videogame imageboard /v/ and Valve’s Gabe Newell.

As a birthday surprise for Newell, /v/ made a visit to the company’s headquarters and presented their savior with a very nice collage and a Team Fortress 2 style Mann Co. Crate, wishing him a happy birthday.

In the below video, an exchange is made between Newell and a fan, in which Newell is asked about a new engine being made by Valve.

Fan: Is Valve potentially already working on a new engine?

Fan: Source 2? Could or… could not be?

Gabe Newell: We’ve been working on Valve’s new engine stuff for a while, we’re probably just [incomprehensible, subtitled as: “waiting for a game to roll it out with”]

Fan: Is it going to be more than just an extension to Source? Is it an entirely new engine?

Gabe Newell: Yeah!

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Is this the reason Half-Life 3 (or Half-Life 2: Episode 3) hasn’t been announced yet? I’d imagine that they are working on Half-Life 3, but have gone through so many iterations that time came to just build it based on their new engine. Let us know your theories and share your ideas for improvement for “Source 2” in the comments below or over in our forums!

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