Neogaf user "CBOAT" (crazy buttocks on a train) recently posted a thread highlighting a confidential PowerPoint presentation from Valve showing off the company's next-gen Source 2 engine using an updated Left 4 Dead 2 prototype. While we regularly don't post about idle speculation or rumours, CBOAT is well known for leaking confidential information to the public, and we believe it is very possible this presentation and the screenshots contained within it are official and are worth consideration.
The first slide, shown above, features an updated version of the the Plantation level from Left 4 Dead 2 and highlights the significant increase in detail possible on the Source 2 engine, with noticeably enhanced foliage, large amounts of high quality destruction, and improved lighting and shadow effects. We have also been sent a high resolution copy of one of the screenshots shown in a separate slide, which you can check out below.
While this slide alone is very interesting, the presentation actually features a total of 20 slides. Unfortunately, 13 of these slides remain obscured from view, so we're not entirely sure what they may be discussing.
However, the other slides we can see discuss the improved technical improvements of the Source 2 engine. The following pair of slides highlight the enhanced lighting and detail shots from a distance, showing the significant improvement in detail over the old Source engine. The next two slides also focus on enhanced detail, showing a comparison between a porch in Left 4 Dead 2 and the unreleased Source 2 prototype. While Slide 19 appears to feature little more than the Valve logo, a partially obscured Slide 20 does provide some details about the "Redesigned Tools & Workflow" available with Source 2. This slide in particular is certain to get the mapping community excited.
Only the first four lines of the slide are visible, which you can check out in the quotation box below.
As always, we'll keep you posted on all the latest Source 2 news as it comes in.
Adult Swim, the adult-oriented cable television network that shares channel space with Cartoon Network - for ages 18 and older - has just announced something special is on its way. Valve and Adult Swim are teaming up for something that you'll probably enjoy. Stop back next week to check out what this surprise could be.On their promo page they say you should tweet about this using#adultswim #teamfortressCould this be Meet the Pyro? Or a TF2 cartoon that we all have been wanting?According to Jason DeMarco (VP of Marketing for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim) on his Twitter account:They also stated that you'll want to sign up for the newsletter. You've been warned.UPDATE: It seems that Jason DeMarco has tweeted again saying that his tweet from earlier was "NOT" in reference to TF2.
So does this mean we could still get that TF2 cartoon series we have been hoping for? Or just another hat?
To complement Michael Abrash's Ramblings in Valve Time, Valve's resident economist Yanis Varoufakis has launched his own blog where he will provide "weekly reports on our projects, experiences and ideas regarding Valve’s various social ‘economies’."Yanis' first blog post details some of his frustrations at the limitations of economics and how he came to work at Valve. It's an interesting read and hopefully as the weeks progress it will get more and more interesting. Full blog here.
[br]The highly anticipated sequel from Infinity Ward is now available for pre-purchase on Steam. After the huge success of COD4, this is a game many Steam users have been waiting for.[br]Controversy has plagued the game in the past few weeks after IW announced the game would have no dedicated server functionality, but instead would come with custom-built matchmaking, essentially killing a large gaming community.[br]Modern Warfare 2 is released on November 12th and is available for $60 / £35. Many people wanted to buy, but will you now?
A high quality trailer dubbed the Zombie Survival Guide has been leaked by an unknown source according to Shacknews. The trailer shows plenty of cinematic action with the four new characters, new infected and new weapons including the chainsaw. Check out the video below (also available in HD).[br]<object ><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-JiOV1F6xu0&hl=en&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-JiOV1F6xu0&hl=en&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" ></embed></object>
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