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Following the free to play release of TF2, Source SDK has been accidentally released free, and will remain that way.

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This news comes a little late, but for those unaware due to the recent release of a free Team Fortress 2, the Source SDK will soon become free to use in its entirety, for everyone (confirmed by Valve's Robin Walker in this RockPaperShotgun article). The free SDK was first uncovered in our forums on the 28th of June by an enterprising young man going by the name of Riley, who just happens to be the playtest leader of esteemed Source mods Zombie Panic Source and No More Room In Hell.

This means that all Source mods, made for Valve games (we list around 1,500 for HL2 alone) may eventually be free to play, without requiring you to purchase a Valve game (thou who hasn't purchased a valve game on this site?)

Here is what Robin Walker had to say:

Robin wrote: Yep. That said, your email has triggered a process here that made us re-examine that, and we’re going to just go ahead and make the Source SDK freely available. Thanks for making us better!


When RockPaperShotgun emailed Walker for further confirmation, and he went on to explain:

Robin wrote: We are in the process of getting it all done. It’s a bit messy because we have multiple versions of the SDK, and there’s some dependencies we need to shake out. But yes, the gist of it is that we’re just going to go ahead and make the Source SDK freely available.


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Triden007
Triden007

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What??
Is valve quitting themselves??
What is happening to them?!
Are they offering EA games and anothers games companies a surrender?
This is soooo strange...

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Tycoon-Master
Tycoon-Master

Maybe once they have made a reasonable amount of money off a game, they release it for free since you most likely are going to download it anyways.

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Cypher05
Cypher05

Yeah, all those micro transactions (and some not so micro from the crazies) for hats, weapons, paints, packs, mapper support (which is cool, actually) and all that jazz.

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Isimiel
Isimiel

mabey there working on a new engine?

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Phenixtri
Phenixtri

A new engine would explain why Half Life Episode 3 is taking so long.

Think about it HL1 on the Gold Source engine in 1998 and HL2 came out in 2004 on the new Source engine. So its logical given Valves history that Episode 3 will be on a brand new engine.

So think about it how could Valve make a new revolutionary engine that's better than Source and other contemporary engines? Can you? Because I cant really come up with anything and thus I can understand why Valve is taking so long with Episode 3. We know they are working on something since we can see their experimenting with games like Portal 1 & 2 with their new features.

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Gkthepwner
Gkthepwner

The name's been leaked as HL3, though, so that even further strengthens your argument.

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Medevila
Medevila

Yeah. It'll be HL3 if it's on a new engine, to keep with tradition and all.

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TheDiddyHop
TheDiddyHop

It would probaly look live action :P lol no realy!! every new engine valve releases is state of the art!!

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Ice_Man_120
Ice_Man_120

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If i'm honest, i think they should use an engine similar to CryEngine 3, it would make HL3 amazing.

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Lucífer
Lucífer

Nah. They should make their own engine and not use that over-hyped piece of ****.

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Ice_Man_120
Ice_Man_120

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I didn't say use it, I said make something like it graphics and physics wise, and an easier way of modelling out the map, cant you read you thick illiterate twat and it's not a over hyped piece of ****. Open your eyes before you type.

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Medevila
Medevila

@Pilchy120 CE3? No, if I had to I'd rather have it on the PC flavor of the engine, CE2.

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Ice_Man_120
Ice_Man_120

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CE2 is good but in my opinion CE3 is better. :)

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dahakapersico
dahakapersico

my friend they are valve and they want be oringinal no want copy other engine

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ThatOGDon
ThatOGDon

That OR:
They're doing massive upgrades to the Source Engine to prepare for a full on Half Life 3.

For example, the graphics of Portal 2 are vastly superior to the graphics in Portal. Also, didn't they say that, for DOTA2, there will be "improved global lighting" and "true cloth simulation" built into the Source Engine?

BUT, then again, only Valve knows what Valve has planned...

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yoyobeerman
yoyobeerman

ya that dose make sense maybe it will even be better that cry engine 3!! just imagine tf2 in source 3!!

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At0M1c
At0M1c

Yeah i mean there was hat mysterious room sized box at E3 2011 that had the HL2 : Episode 3 logo on it and a always closed door O.o?

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TrashCan-Man23
TrashCan-Man23

Looks to me like they're becoming more of a distributor rather than being a developer. Just my thoughts though.

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Also_known_as_Peter
Also_known_as_Peter

Ding a-ding! New engine!

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Brainles5
Brainles5

Gabe Newell said in a recent interview that their not planing on making a new engine. source: Pc Gamer.
However its not necessary true. But we shouldnt expect it in a near future.

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Spr09
Spr09

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nah, they'll find a way to make it so you have to pay to get those juicy hl2 mods.

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Amez
Amez

Sorry bud, but Valve doesn't pull crap like that, and never will.

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SPTX
SPTX

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Well, they made you pay for L4D2... full price.

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Jerkakame
Jerkakame

Because its a game? lol

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Bäver33
Bäver33

Well they promised they would make you pay for game content updates, they did anyway.

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PrivRyan
PrivRyan

??? what
Valve doesn't really charge for game content, except for tf2 of course. although, everything you can buy, you can just get for free with some patience. they never really demand your money.

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rorios
rorios

but L4D2 is a full game? ****ing L4D2 boycotters....

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BenQ3000
BenQ3000

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Valve never pull crap like that?
Only throwing my 20 euros to the trash. It's not crap. It's AMAZING 'cause it's being wasted by the legendary VALVE.
Don't worry Valve, you are doing the right steps to become ActiValve.
Soon we will pay for DLCs, it will move on to subscription fees, and then we will pay-per-minute for Steam.
Feel free to down this comment, you know it's true.

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jo291
jo291

So because valve is putting all sorts of things out for free and gives free updates that means that soon they will make you pay for everything?

Durr logic error.

Sorry but that makes no ******* sense.

I can hardly even understand your comment to begin with.

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Ice_Man_120
Ice_Man_120

Why don't you all shut up arguing like babies and wait and see what valve are doing.

Stop being so damn petty.

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rorios
rorios

??? try looking up review or try it a friends copy of a game before buying it and blaming valve that you don't like it and you can't return it. And why would giving things away free with free updates, cause them to start charging for DLC or sub fees?

"oh no! Valve are giving away a game for free, soon we'll have to pay for DLC!" what????

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MorshuLoL
MorshuLoL

Meanwhile at Activision...

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JoshZemlinsky
JoshZemlinsky

@Triden007 they still earn more then they can spend, just think about how much money they earn with the Tf2 store and the Portal 2 store (not that i own portal 2, not that i ever will. So i dont know if the stuff in there is free) Think about that, they have no reason to sell Tf2 anymore, because everyone has it. And they'll still earn good on the store.

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SteveZombie
SteveZombie

Are you trolling or just stupid?

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adliikhwan
adliikhwan

NO YOU MORON WHY WOULD YOU THINK GABE WOULD STOP VALVE ITS HIS SOURCE OF MONEY. VALVE IS THE GREATEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED IN HIS LIFE.

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MajorBanter
MajorBanter

TF2 fulfilled it's profit margin by a long, long way. Why not make it free?

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orkenuu
orkenuu

and the most strange thing is that THEY ARE MAKING DOTA 2 what are these guys problem

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SiPlus
SiPlus

EA is Valve games retail publisher. Valve is developer.

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wlmeng11
wlmeng11

That explains why no Valve games have an EA logo on them.

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Dman757
Dman757

Man if only someone had posted about this last week Moddb.com

;)

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INtense! Author
INtense!

I missed that, sorry I know i'm late to the party

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Icedecknight
Icedecknight

Don't worry all the cool kids are late to the parties ;).

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Dman757
Dman757

Well it's on the frontpage this time so more the merrier!

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Varsity
Varsity

Excuse me? :p Moddb.com

I'd be interested to know which news admin didn't consider this story worth the front page...

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INtense! Author
INtense!

I'm yelling at Moddb.com (henley) the site editor right now for missing that. This was a huge story which a few members on this site broke and we totally missed it.

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BluishGreenPro
BluishGreenPro

The Source? For free!? Great!... only, I use Game Maker... oh well, I can still appreciate how great this will be for others!

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altercuca
altercuca

I smell new engine coming! don't forget boys Gabe said he's working on something that gonna make today look like the stoneages!

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DarkPivot
DarkPivot

When did they say that?

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Icedecknight
Icedecknight

In the Podcast 17 interview I think.

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altercuca
altercuca

He said that on Portal 2: The Final Hours. And @Icedecknight on Podcast 17 they actually said that "GoldSrc" was to never be free :P which is kinda ironic :)

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