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As if an arcade version of Left 4 Dead wasn't enough, zombies will also be invading the Counter-Strike series later this year in a new title by Valve publishing partner, Nexon. Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies, set for release as a PC exclusive on Steam in Q3 of 2014, will introduce "countless undead" into the free-to-play multiplayer action of Counter-Strike: Online.
Given these comments, it's very likely CSN:Z will run on a modified version of a zombie mode which already exists within Counter-Strike: Online, Nexon's own free-to-play version of Counter-Strike which has been very popular in the Asian PC gaming scene for a number of years. No concrete release date for the game has currently been set, but the Q3 2014 window has us thinking the title may be fittingly released sometime prior to Halloween.
Stay tuned to ValveTime to learn more about this interesting new free-to-play Counter-Strike spin-off if and when we learn more.
A seemingly empty Dota 2 update released yesterday evening has revealed a whole load of new features for the game's upcoming Workshop support as well as a brand new "2014" version of Valve's Hammer Editor, which features a brand new interface and a load of new features.
By entering the Steam Client Beta and selecting the "Dota 2 Workshop Tools Alpha" option from within the game's Downloadable Content list, users can access the newest version of Hammer which is currently only used to create maps and mods for Dota 2's upcoming Steam Workshop support.
As you might expect, this 2014 overhaul of Hammer has also introduced some brand new features previously not supported in the older, extremely outdated variants, including Texture Projection for UV Maps, Asset tabs, improved object properties, superior geometry manipulation, and an all-new Tile Editor which uses predefined areas to be quickly linked together to form simple gameplay spaces with next to no effort. Hammer is joined by several additional editors, including built-in model, material, particle creators alongside a soon-to-be-released sound editor, all of which are built straight into the SDK itself. This new version of Hammer, while still in development, features a huge variety of other advanced features that are worth exploring, as shown by the huge list of recent changes on the Valve Development Wiki.
While several features have yet to be added, it's already very likely that this editor, or one very similar to it, is also set to be used for the upcoming Source 2 engine. Since the tools are still classified as being in the "alpha" stage of development, it isn't recommend you start messing around with the new version of Hammer just yet unless you know what you're doing. We've heard problems such as crashes are still quite frequent (in true Hammer tradition), so it might be worth waiting a little longer for Valve to update it before you start diving in head first.
At the time of writing, the tools can only be used to create maps and mods for Dota 2, even if it is currently impossible to play any of them in-game. The update we mentioned at the start of this post introduced live Steam Workshop code which allows users to upload and view mods, but not to actually download or play any of them. This is due to the fact the in-game custom gamemode lobby is currently not finished or functioning, but it will most likely be up and running within a few weeks.
It remains to be seen if this newer, far more advanced version of Hammer will be rolled out into the development kits of other Source titles such as Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or Left 4 Dead, but it's an exciting new change which should prove extremely helpful for modders tired of having to work around the decade-old problems which continue to exist within the now-ancient versions of Hammer.
While The International continued to stand as a key headline this past week, the world has seemingly gone a little TF2-crazy with the release of new game updates, SFM shorts, community contests, and our very own Top 5 episode!
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As part of the build-up to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive championship at ESL One Cologne 2014, Valve have revealed the "Pick'Em Challenge", a new mini-game focused on a number of stickers introduced in a game update earlier today.
The ultimate goal of the Pick'Em Challenge is simple: Correctly predict the winning teams at Cologne 2014. By collecting team stickers from the ESL One Cologne 2014 Sticker Capsule or the Steam Marketplace, players can use them to predict which teams they feel will win each stage of the event. As the tournament progresses and becomes more difficult to predict, the point value awarded for each correct prediction steadily rises from 3 points for the Group Stages, to 6 points for the Quarterfinals, and 8 points for the Semi and Grand Finals.
Points can then be compared against those of your friends using in-game leaderboards before the final scores are tallied and Challenge Trophies are handed out to participating players at the end of the tournament. Pick'Em Challenge Trophies will be viewable on a player's CS:GO avatar and their Steam Profile (much like crafted game badges), and can be collected in three different varieties, Bronze, Silver, and Gold, which are obtained by scoring a total of 25, 50, or 75 points, respectively.
While the Pick'Em Challenge is a totally new system currently unique to CS:GO, its design is very reminiscent of voting features contained within the 2013 and 2014 Compendiums for Dota 2's International tournament. The Pick'Em Challenge will run throughout the four day ESL One Cologne 2014 event, which begins on August 14th and concludes with the Semi and Grand Finals on August 17th.
All the recent hubbub surrounding new Team Fortress 2 maps gave us an idea: What exactly are our favourite official and community maps? For episode 10 of Top 5, we decided to draft in Frozen of TF2Maps.net to help decide which of the 50+ maps deserve a spot on our list.
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