Although short and sweet, this week's News Round-Up gives us plenty of time to focus on the recent re-releasing of Sven Co-op onto Steam and a bunch of helpful gameplay tweaks to Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2!
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As was promised to us a few of years ago, Sven Co-op is now available on Steam – for free!
In case you don’t know, Sven Co-op is an online cooperative mod for Half-Life. You get to play along with friends to fight against monsters and to solve puzzles in the Half-Life universe. While the weapons, monsters, and characters are similar to that of Half-Life, the difficulty has been ramped up to better suit team play.
According to a recent news post from Sven Co-op’s developers, the stand-alone game includes "many hundreds of features, fixes and improvements, as well as new maps and content." Valve has also been generous enough to allow the developers "to include [Valve's] original Half-Life campaign free of charge, playable cooperatively even by people who don't own the original game!"
Valve has also provided the Sven Co-op developers with a license to Goldsrc, allowing the team to be able to "update the engine itself to allow Sven Co-op and its maps to surpass the limitations of standard mods." And with this Steam release, the developers will be able to provide more frequent updates, and eventually add support for the Steam Workshop.
So now that you’re caught up, it’s time to play. This really is an excellent mod, and its 17-year history of community and support is a testament to that.
See you on the battlefield!
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While the past week was a little light on officially released news from Valve, there was still plenty of partner and community topics to help develop a few headlines. These headlines include new details about the upcoming reveal of games for the HTC Vive, the announcement of Steam versions of the Sven Co-op and Prospekt mods for the Half-Life series, and a leaked recap listing the successes of the recent Steam Winter Sale.
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We're back for a whole new series of news Round-Up episodes in 2016! In this week's episode, we're recapping all the news from the course of our three week break, including the recent reveal of the HTC Vive Pre at CES 2016, the extremely infamous Steam Christmas data leak, and the sad news that Marc Laidlaw has officially retired from Valve.
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At long last: We have a date! Earlier today, HTC Chief Executive Cher Wang told The Telegraph that the company's virtual reality headset, created in collaboration with Valve, will be available for pre-order from February 29th 2016 ahead of the full retail launch in April 2016, as previously revealed in December 2015.
The Telegraph's article also mentions HTC are, at least partially, refocusing their hardware efforts away from smartphones and towards virtual reality, claiming creating "a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important". While their commitment is admirable, the headset's starting price has yet to be revealed or even hinted at by Valve or HTC, with other representatives such as Shen Ye and Chet Faliszek remaining silent on the topic.
Regardless, we're looking forward to finding out even more about the Vive in the coming months and even pre-ordering one for ourselves as soon as possible!
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