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Update: Marc has directly confirmed his retirement with us and many others. The future of Half-life will be with someone else.
Although unconfirmed, user @TeddyWolf posted an email exchange with Valve writers Marc Laidlaw which states Marc as having retired from Valve and that "My time working on the series [Half-life] is behind me"
The email comes from an address known to be Marc's personal gmail and is listed on his personal website. The content in the email come across as very genuine however it is a little strange how Marc has decided to reveal this news.
As expected, CES 2016 has seen Valve and HTC unveil the "Vive Pre", the second generation developer kit for the HTC Vive revealed last year at GDC. While we previously had a pretty leaky look at the headset and the newly-designed controllers, today's unveiling has really drawn back the curtain on this new model and it's enhanced features.
All of the headset's components feature a smoother and clearly more finalised design, with the now-smaller base stations appearing almost entirely black and featureless. While the controllers have had the biggest redesign in terms of ergonomic use, they are apparently nearly functionally identical to their older counterparts, with the only real improvements arriving in the form of new built-in lithium batteries and a...
Update #3 (Dec. 25, 2015 @ 15:00 (-8 GMT)):
The Steam Store is now back up and running. After a few failed attempts to login, we have also been able to access the Account Details page and can confirm it now verifies the account ID before displaying any secure information.
Our buddies over at SteamDB have posted a full explanation of what they think caused the issue. Their article continues to dispel rumours of a hack while reiterating the reasoning why faulty webpage caches are to blame.
The Steam Store has now been taken down and will likely remain offline until the problem is well and truly worked out. Concerns on social media regarding hacks and full security breaches have been grossly over-exaggerated, with the original...
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It's only a few short days until Christmas, and that means Valve have been pulling out all the stops to get their games and services ready ahead of the big day! Preparations have included the release of TF2's Tough Break Update and Dota 2's Balance of Power patch, the start of this year's Steam Winter Sale, and a confirmation that the next "traditional" Half-Life game definitely won't be exclusive to virtual reality!
While this may be our last Round-Up episode of the year, the show will be returning sometime around January...
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, this evening heralded the start of this year's Steam Winter Sale, which is set to run from December 22nd 2015 through until January 4th 2016. Like the "Exploration" Autumn Sale from earlier this year, the Winter Sale doesn't feature Daily Deals or timed exclusives of any kind, instead just highlighting specific deals every day with no actual change or reduction in price.
This sale doesn't actually feature any kind of big gimmick or mini-game, with the only stand-out feature appearing in the form of a short comic book. Known as "Northpole Noir", the comic will expand by a single page every day, with the designs of the returning Winter Sale badge cards being steadily unveiled at the same pace....
With Christmas very nearly upon us, it's time for Valve's penultimate seasonal event in the form of Team Fortress 2's "Tough-Break Update"! The update, like this year's Gun Mettle Update, focuses largely on the introduction of new "contract missions" playable through the "Tough Break Campaign", which rewards players with skinned weapons upon completion. The $5.99 contract is a three-month long event which will provide access to a total of 26 contracts at a rate of about two per week (likely one on Sunday, and one on Wednesday).
Completing contracts, such as scoring a certain amount of points on a specific map or killing a certain class, will provide access to new skinned weapons in four "collection" cases, including the "Gentlemann's Collection", "Harvest Collection", "The Pyroland Case", and "The Warbird Case", all of which...
Holy Mary, Mother of Joseph - this year's Winter update for Dota 2, dubbed "The Balance of Power", is looking insane! The first of many, many new introductions is Arc Warden, the penultimate hero to be ported from the original Dota: All Stars! As a controller of energy, Zet the Arc Warden is able to mess with his opponents using slows, evasion, and creating exact duplicates of himself - items and all!
In keeping with the "energy" theme, Zeus is not one to be overshadowed, bringing along his impressive new Arcana item as voted for during The International 2015. The item features an all-new base model, particle effects, sounds, and the usual explosive fanfare we have all come to expect from £20+ cosmetics. Zeus' most recent travels are explored further in "The Sundered...
It's only been a few days since our last episode, but we've already got a few nice nuggets of news as we move further into the Christmas season! These include CS:GO's now-infamous Winter Update, a sneak peak at the construction of the Steam Controllers, and Valve's in-depth discussion of Steam's troublesome security situation!
As usual, don't forget to take a look at our other video content, to...
In this stupidly overdue Round-Up episode, we're playing catch-up with all the latest talking points! These include the recently delayed release of the HTC Vive, Valve's potential involvement in Double Fine's newly announced Psychonauts 2 project, and our own reveal of a bunch of screenshots from Half-Life 2: Episode Four dating back to around 2008!
Once you're done, be sure to check out our other video content, to...
While it may have missed out last year, this year's Winter update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has arrived a little early and has introduced the first new gun in a long while! The new R8 Revolver is an alternate secondary weapon which can be equipped into the same slot as the Desert Eagle. As such, you can imagine it's quite the powerful weapon, capable of easily killing a target in a single hit despite a long trigger-pull. While a standard version of the weapon is available to all players, skinned versions can already be acquired from within the new Revolver Case, among numerous other designs.
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...
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...
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!
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!
As soon as you're finished, be sure to check out our other video content, to subscribe to our...
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...
After several months of animation, rendering, submitting, and voting, the winners of the Fifth Annual Saxxy Awards were revealed yesterday evening!
Don't forget, all winners receive a Saxxy melee item in Team Fortress 2, with the "Overall" winners also being invited on a free trip to Valve for a tour of their studio and facilities. The full list of winners are listed in the spoiler tag below.
A Dang Good Cop
In a week of gaming news absolutely dominated by the release of Fallout 4, Valve's Saxxy Awards and Steam Hardware launch just about managed to stand out! We're also briefly covering the latest updates for Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive!
Once you're done watching this episode, be sure to check out our other video content, to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and...
It's been almost three years since Gabe Newell and J.J. Abrams appeared together on stage at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit. In their speech they discussed the importance of story telling in both games & films and how bridging the gap between the two mediums was a logical next-step for the entertainment industry. At the end of their speech, both executives from their respective entertainment studios, Valve and Bad Robot, expressed how interested they were in working with each other; Bad Robot would get help from Valve for their new game, and Valve would get help from Bad Robot with movie production. Well, as of today, it's looking like the former isn't going to happen - at least between Valve and Bad Robot.
A new game,...
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