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Valve has confirmed the completion of all work on the new Half-Life 2 Lost Coast HDR level and its plans to release it through its Steam platform next week. Valve has used the latest update of its Steam client to inform Half-Life 2 owners of the news regarding the new Lost Coast level which is, in fact,

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Valve has confirmed the completion of all work on the new Half-Life 2 Lost Coast HDR level and its plans to release it through its Steam platform next week.

Valve has used the latest update of its Steam client to inform Half-Life 2 owners of the news regarding the new Lost Coast level which is, in fact, an HDR-lightning showcase level. Through the update, Valve has commented on Lost Coast, ...our current plan is to release Half-Life 2: Lost Coast next week. Lost Coast is a free level for everyone who owns Half-Life 2, and serves as an HDR technology demo based in an unreleased section of the "Highway 17" chapter of Half-Life 2.

For those of you not clear on what exactly HDR stands for, it is High Dynamic Range also sometimes referred to as, High Dynamic Range Imagery (HDRI) or High Dynamic Range Rendering (HDRR). Dynamic Range is the ratio of the largest value of a signal to the lowest measurable value. Current 16-bit integer-based formats use color component values from 0 black to 1 white but don't allow for what is known as over-range values.

HDR allows for the appearance of color values beyond the normal range in an effort to produce a more lifelike rendering of a 3D scene. With HDR the game can mimic some of the effects we experience in life, for example, that of our eyes adjusting to sudden light.

Valve also used the Steam update to inform users of the company's future plans which do not seem to include any news on the eagerly anticipated expansion to H-L 2; Aftermath. According to Valve, after Lost Coast is released, ...we'll be working on getting some new content for both Counter-Strike: Source and Day of Defeat: Source, along with an update to the SDK, out the door. More info coming on that next week...

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Azzkiker Author
Azzkiker - - 22 comments

Some less interesting concept art:-

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Chunky
Chunky - - 1,415 comments

HOW ABOUT SOME UPDATES FOR HL:S??!??

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kebabi
kebabi - - 9 comments

I'm really waiting for the Lost Coast, I love singleplayer additions!
And the new CSS models? *drool* Or even new maps? *more drooling*
"New addition to DoDS", what could that possibly be?
Hmmm.. maybe the British forces are coming back, or just new maps.

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RatoN
RatoN - - 564 comments

Something I've always been confused about with Lost Coast. I don't know if I missed any information somewhere, but do you fight anything in this game?

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Ghost_face
Ghost_face - - 177 comments

yes you do

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Puissance
Puissance - - 11 comments

Looks nice.

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Psymon
Psymon - - 43 comments

Hmmm.. maybe the British forces are coming back, or just new maps.

It's gonna be the SAS model that disappeared a little while ago when the news got overrun by DoD:S and RDKF.

I like the sound of the Dev Commentary, It'll be better than commentary that comes on DVDs because you can listen to it while still playing the game instead of having to watch the same film twice.

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bart2o
bart2o - - 1,863 comments

far cry + cold rendering mode + hdr PWNS to death these ugly screens

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kooper
kooper - - 192 comments

about time

hdr has been in dod:s since go so i dont know what took them so long
hdr is nice but not as impressive as i had hoped

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death_bloomz
death_bloomz - - 32 comments

the hdr in this will be better than in dod....and the SAS model is for CS not DOD u moron

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Quackzilla
Quackzilla - - 449 comments

Holy ****, I hope my computer can run that.

It's old, but it runs DoD:S at full specs with HDR, so I haven't lost all hope yet.

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nervousquirrel
nervousquirrel - - 51 comments

um... I'm sure to get flamed but who the hell is that old man i keep seeing in these lost coast screenshots?

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