Gaben: Source 2 “the Foundation of Some Unannounced Projects”

Could we finally be getting Left 4 Dead 3? Half Life 3? Has Gabe Newell finally learned to count higher than two when it comes to sequels for their games?

A recent AMA with the Valve boss saw a bunch of interesting questions and responses, however we’ve collected the most pertinent ones.

When asked about the company’s plans for the Source 2 engine, Gabe said:

“We are continuing to use Source 2 as our primary game development environment. Aside from moving Dota 2 to the engine recently, we are are using it as the foundation of some unannounced products. We would like to have everyone working on games here at Valve to eventually be using the same engine. We also intend to continue to make the Source 2 engine work available to the broad developer community as we go, and to make it available free of charge.”

Gabe also sounded off regarding a potential Left 4 Dead 3, release, while also mentioning regrets he felt with the Half Life series:

“When we decided we needed to work on markets, free to play, and user generated content, Team Fortress seemed like the right place to do that. That work ended up informing everything we did in the multiplayer space. Left 4 Dead is a good place for creating shared narratives.

The issue with Half-Life for me is that I was involved in a much higher percentage of the decisions about the games, so it’s hard for me to look at them as anything other than a series of things I regret.”

Gabe even talked up the hot button issue of porn games on Steam, and how the publisher should approach them being released on the platform:

“In principle, there are two problems to solve. The first is a completely uncurated distribution tool for developers. The second is a toolset for customers that allow them to find and filter content (and people are an instance of content most obviously in multiplayer) that is best for them.”

Finally, Gabe confirmed the set of two movies taking place within the Half Life/Portal universe are definitely coming, in case you ever wanted them.

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Brandon Orselli


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  1. Mr0303
    January 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Valve don’t really need to make games any more. Steam makes them enough money as it is.

    Ironically most other legendary vapourware games came out – The Last Guardian, FFXV, Diablo 3 and Duke Nukem Forever. HL3 is the only one left.

  2. Hawk Hopper
    Hawk Hopper
    January 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    3rd filler loaded overrated first person platforming game confirmed.

  3. vonSanneck
    January 17, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    or just Half-Life 2 Episode 3. Hell have a comic for it and let the community make it on their terms since Valve seems to be apathetic to finishing what they started.

  4. DrearierSpider
    January 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    As far as I’m concerned, Gabe and Valve at large spit in the face of the fans that put them on the map by ending Episode 2 on such a cliffhanger and abandoning it. If it weren’t for the fact that they run the biggest store in PC gaming, I wouldn’t give them a cent.

  5. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    January 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Forgot to add this originally – added it right after publishing lol

  6. NathanEH
    January 17, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I’d love a Portal 3 or Left 4 Dead 3. I don’t dare dream for Half-Life 3. If they made it it wouldn’t be nearly as genre-defining as the first two were. Portal 3 would be cool, but I don’t think Valve would let the series leave Aperture Science. I think it’s time we got a Portal game with more open, outside environments. On the other side of the spectrum, Left 4 Dead could use more closed environments with interactive objects you need to use to survive.

  7. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    January 17, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Many years have passed, but i still have some hopes for a new Half Life game

  8. Professor_Icepick
    January 17, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Everything about this article makes me confused and angry.

  9. Personaknight
    January 17, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    So how about that half life VR?

  10. 3rdStrike_Ebi
    January 17, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Regarding the pornography issue, I’m at least happy that they acknowledge it exists, and that they identified two things that have to be worked out. It honestly shouldn’t take very long to do so, but hey, better than nothing.

  11. kunuri
    January 18, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Don’t say Duke Nukem Forever, you’ll discourage them!

  12. sanic
    January 18, 2017 at 1:26 am

    The porn issue? Just require adult content to be a age gated separate download, or just penis up and stop being pussy boys and allow adult content full stop.

  13. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    January 18, 2017 at 5:01 am

    I’m convinced at this point, they could make Half-Life 3, it could be the game ever made to the point the rest of the world would consider it gaming’s Citizen Kane or Watchmen… And we’d all hate it because we psyched it up to be something it never could live up to.

  14. Mr0303
    January 18, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Well this is how it goes – some games come out in good shape and then there’s DNF and Diablo 3.

  15. scemar
    January 18, 2017 at 6:19 am

    fair points by gaben

  16. scemar
    January 18, 2017 at 6:20 am

    talking is easy
    let’s see something real or else it’s all just in development hell as far I can tell

  17. Black_Bob
    January 18, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Re: Porn games on Steam
    This is an easy option. If they want to do this, they have two implementation options.
    For both options I’d recommend gateway admittance – Age Verification by Credit Card. I find it absolutely pointless to make it age as this is already bypassed by most kids. You just lie about your age and you’re done. You’re required to be 18 years or older to have a credit card. Once it’s placed on your account and verified by Steam then it grants you access.

    Option 1 (More fleshed out because I’d rather have this option): A separate application. This application would be a mirror of Steam but adult themed. This would do away with the option of a ‘filter’ so people wouldn’t have to worry about seeing unintended adult stuff in regular Steam. This way, you could target the market that’s intended. Only those who downloaded this client would be able to get to the content. On the market side, Those who want to advertise this type of content on both sides would be able to do so without by just adding the necessary tags such as ‘adult’ ’18+’, etc.. Steam would either curate this content and place it where it’s necessary or have a separate site with Single-Sign On for developers to be able to log into and move to this separate space. You hardly have to think of the name or logo for it. It could be something as simple as “Steamy” – powered by Steam or something similar. Have some lady or guy riding the logo.

    Example sites that have done this: DLSite, Cinemabox (Used to be available).

    Option 2 – A separate separate section within the Steam app for adult content. It’s protected by the gateway presented above. Uses Single-Sign On tech for login to that area and it uses Steam as the portal. It’s also accessible via webpage. Keeps the kiddies honest, the content separate, and access fairly easy once the systems are federated.

    Billing on the adult site, like most, should be discreet. Content providers should not only be from Eastern counterparts but Western as well. If you’re gonna do this, do the whole shebang. Porn in the West makes money when done right. You can turn the whole platform into something great with offerings like VOD, SFM-Adult with modding tools, etc. If you’re just interested in the porn games, that’s the primary focus of the platform. The other sections are secondary but can be sponsored by companies such as Vivid, Brazzers, and other big names. Japanese providers can add their two cents with the expanded market with genres that are normally not found in the west such as adult audio, adult visual novels, and a plethora of games that are found on DLSite as well as others. If you’re worried about visibility, it’s aged locked anyway so your target audience will see it where they can see adult content.

    Anyway, that’s just my thoughts on this. I’ve written this up before but I just find it silly that people are still requesting this. If it’s *just* about uncensored games, I’m all for that too because it’s stupid to censor shit that ain’t adult. If you’re not comfortable playing it, don’t play it. However, if you’re talking porn or games with pornographic content – there is a market for it and if you want the platform to be Steam, I’d suggest integrating it into the existing infrastructure but separating it in the way the content is distributed. They should not be in the same app or in the same site – that’s a recipe for stupidity.

  18. Jigsy
    January 18, 2017 at 10:17 am

    But even then they’d still be dictacting what can’t be on it.

  19. Alex Barbu
    Alex Barbu
    January 18, 2017 at 10:32 am

    >Gabe confirmed the set of two movies taking place within the Half Life/Portal universe…
    Nope, I definitely don’t want them. Never will probably considering the track record of video game movies.

  20. sanguis4k
    January 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Would be nice if they spent any time or money actually fixing the horrible UI of steam instead of just redesigning it to be prettier but who am I kidding, 100 years down the line it will still be the same shitty interface it always has been that you could do a better job of it on a 90s era flash website. They won’t change because literally nothing threatens their monopoly and despite what they keep trying to tell us monopolies are terrible for everyone but the guys sitting on the piles of money

    They also will never stop fucking Australians on pricing because hey we deserve to pay more for the same shit right?

  21. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    January 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    How do you even make a Half-Life movie work, with Gordon Freeman being mute throughout the entire game, I wonder?

    Giving Freeman a voice will have the same effect as giving the protagonist in Fallout 4 a voice. Badly.

  22. Akesycu
    January 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    They support linux. Everything is forgiven. Carry on.

  23. sanic
    January 18, 2017 at 10:20 pm


  24. Phasmatis75
    January 19, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Fair point, it’s not out of the question, but there needs to be filters. Got to say somedays I want to see games like that and other days I just want something serious to play.

  25. Alex Barbu
    Alex Barbu
    January 20, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Oh, I’m convinced the movie won’t be about Gordon. I doubt we’ll even have a reference to the mute bastard. Having Freeman talk, would not only ruin the movie, it could potentially ruin the entire franchise. So instead they’ll completely ignore his character in the movie.