large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Valve announces free Source 2 game engine

Valve has announced Source 2 at GDC 2015, enabling developers to create games using the engine for free.

The original Source launched way back in 2004, and one of its first jobs was to power the seminal Half-Life 2. Now the developer has taken the wraps off that famous engine’s successor, which inevitably leads us to wonder if Half-Life 3 is around the corner.

Perhaps the key part of Source 2, however, is what it will do for other developers. Though no release date has been provided, Valve’s new engine will be free for developers to download and use when it launches.

“The value of a platform like the PC is how much it increases the productivity of those who use the platform. With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity,” said Valve’s Jay Stelly in a press release. “Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not for just the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favourite games.”

Read More: Best Games 2015

Stelly then referenced similar recent announcements from Epic and Unity, and claims that the giving away major game creation tools such as this will “help continue the PC’s dominance as the premiere content authoring platform.”

Valve has had quite a GDC 2015 so far. Alongside Source 2, the company has announced a living room game streaming box called Steam Link, and has revealed more about its partnership with HTC in the Vive virtual reality headset. We’ve also seen more on its Steam Machines initiative, which will finally launch in November.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.