In an unsurprising turn of events, the launch of the HTC Vive virtual reality headset created in partnership between Valve and HTC has been delayed, although only slightly. Instead of releasing to "developers and communities" before the end of the year, an extra 7,000 developer kits will be made available in January 2016, with the full commercial launch now planned for April, rather than March.
It's hardly a huge delay, and we should be getting a chance to feast our eyes on the next generation of Vive headsets at CES from January 6-9. We're hoping the new version will feature a pair of built-in headphones, among other fun extras, but we'll have to wait and see what other surprises Valve could have up their sleeves. Once unveiled, this updated Vive will be shown off to audiences at The Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, GDC, and MWC prior to release in April, so mark your calendars if you're interested in trying out Valve's tech ahead of release!
Now here's something we've been sat on for far too long!
After hitting a seemingly impenetrable barrier, we recently unearthed a number of never-before-seen screenshots showing strangely-detailed levels from Half-Life 2: Episode Four, aka “Return to Ravenholm”, a now long-dead project previously in development by Arkane Studios in collaboration with Valve.
As explained in the Spotlight video above, these new screenshots come to us via the personal portfolio of Robert Wilinski, a Senior Environment Artist at Arkane Studios between 2007 and 2008, who was likely an important component within the “Return to Ravenholm” and “The Crossing” projects. A deeper discussion of these screenshots can be found in the Spotlight Exclusive episode listed above, but feel free to take a closer look at all 11 new screenshots below! The final two screenshots we've included also highlight The Crossing, so check them out too! If you don’t know what The Crossing is or why you should care, be sure to check out our previous episode covering the topic!
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After several weeks since the conclusion of the TF2 Arkham Knight Contest back in November, Valve have finally revealed the community-created winning items and their honourable mentions! For those who may have forgotten, the Arkham Knight Contest requested the community create hats, cosmetic items, and taunts themed around the Batman franchise, with a particular focus on the "Arkham" series of games developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The winners and the honourable mentions are listed in the spoiler tags below!
The winning creators have had their items given to all Steam users who owned a copy of Batman: Arkham Knight prior to November 16th 2015 and have also been given a whole bunch of games published by Warner Bros. The honourable mentions (aka the Runner-Ups) have also had their items added to Team Fortress 2, but you'll need to craft, find, or purchase them if you want to equip them.
Congratulations to all the winners and the runner-ups, we're confident these new items will make a fine addition to the TF2 arsenal!
It's been another quiet week for Valve fans, but there's been plenty of out-of-game content to keep us all happy in the meantime! The kinds of content we're discussing in this week's Round-Up episode include the new, extremely long Dota 2 comic, the winners of the 2015 Saxxy Awards, and the latest seasonal Steam Sale!
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As foretold in the great Steamworks leaks of late, this year's Steam Autumn Sale, also known as the "Exploration Sale" has now begun. It will run from November 25th until December 1st, lasting just under a week. As expected, this sale has finally brought about the death and removal of Daily Deals and Flash Sales, which previously introduced larger, temporary discounts on select games and software for short periods (of 24 hours and 8 hours, respectively).
Instead, all deals featured in the Exploration Sale are static for the duration of the event, with the daily "Highlighted Deals" section merely pointing out high profile discounts, rather than changing them. This removes much of the repetitiveness of having to check the Steam Store page at least 3 or 4 times a day, but it definitely also limits that special feeling of loading up Steam at the same time every evening to check out the latest big discounts.
While the rest of the sale is mostly the same as ever, the Steam Community Market has also been brought into the seasonal event for the first time, offering players between 5% and 33% off purchases should they use the recently introduced Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator, with this particular deal lasting until December 16th 2015.
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