BIG Valve news today! For your sake, the whole thing has been bulletized:
- Half-Life 2: Episode Two, due for release this Holiday season, will be released simultaneously for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
- The next-gen console versions will see enhanced versions plus all Half-Life 2 back content, including Half-Life 2, Episode One and Team Fortress 2.
- This brings us to the revelation of Team Fortress 2, which everyone thought became dead eons ago. Apparently, the game is alive and kicking, and will feature a somewhat-cell-shaded-cartoonish approach, looking a lot like No One Lives Forever and ’60s spy flicks (see image). Players will be able to choose form a range of unique character classes such as medic, spy, sniper, or engineer and must work together to complete a variety of tactical objectives.
- Valve also revealed Portal, a new type of single player game that has a “portal gun” for a weapon. This will change the way players approach, manipulate and solve puzzles in a given environment with the new gun that will let them shoot portals onto walls, objects, and, well, everything!
Concluding their announcement, Valve stated that new videos from Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2 will be released sometime next week.
These titles shipped:
- Chromehounds (Xbox 360)
- Prey (PC, Xbox 360)
- The Ship
And these went gold:
- Painkiller: Hell Wars (Xbox) – July 25
Scorned by your DoD-playing friends for being a cheapskate? Shove bullets into their heads next week as Valve has announced the second Day of Defeat: Source “Free Weekend”.
Those who haven’t purchased the game will be able to check it out starting 1 pm (Pacific Time) on July 7 through 10. Participants in Valve’s philanthropic gesture will also be able to play the new “Jagd” and “Colmar” maps that are being raved about.
Posted before the weekend, but unnoticed somehow, is a Steam update that hypes the newly released SiN: Emergence game as well as the upcoming first Episode for Half-Life 2. The update also discusses maps for Counter-Strike and Day of Defeat Source, stating that new maps for the multiplayer shooters will be released soon:
Counter-Strike: Source has more HDR-enabled versions of maps on the way, along with some enhancements to the game itself. Day of Defeat: Source is getting ready for a significant release that will add a number of new features, along with a new map named Colmar. Colmar is the first map to take advantage of a new objective system that allows us to build different kinds of levels than currently exist. Stay tuned for specifics on how the map plays out, but for now here’s a screenshot of the sleepy night-time village.
Below are the mentioned screenshots:
An announcement on Steam lets us know that Half-Life 2: Episode One has begun preloading via the broadband content delivery service. It also reminds one that the first SiN episode has gone gold and that the Red Orchestra SDK has been released.
Episode One will be playable starting June 1. Until then it’s going to sit locked on your hard drive if you wish it to.
Originally a PC developer, Valve has announced that it plans to develop for Xbox 360. Coming titles from the developer will be powered by a customized version of Source and will be integrated with the Xbox Live broadband network.
No details on any titles were announced, but more can be expected from E3.
Another Half-Life mod has gone pro: Mindscape has announced The Ship, a first-person “maritime gaming experience” set aboard a fleet of 1930s steam liners. Originally developed as a mod for Half-Life, The Ship is going to be a stand-alone single and multiplayer game that is being worked on by Outerlight, an Edinburgh-based studio.
Blending traditional first and third person gameplay with a Sims-style day-to-day needs system – including food, sleep and social interaction – The Ship offers exploration, investigation, survival, stealth, intrigue and murder across beautifully crafted decking and highly-polished interactive environments.
On the Poop Deck, The Ship proudly boasts a number of modes of gameplay including Arcade Mode offline and Hunt, Elimination, Deathmatch and Duel, all online.
The Ship’s gameplay revolves around ‘the Hunt’. The rules of the Hunt are simple. Each player is given the name of one of the other contestants on-board and must hunt them down and kill them with any weapon they can find. Depending on the game mode, either the last hunter alive is the winner or the one with the most money in their bank account wins.
To be successful in the Hunt players will need to know their way around all of the liners in the fleet. Each Ship has its own secrets, including hidden rooms, passages and tunnels, extra weapons in special locations, environmental traps and triggers and ‘extra special’ ways of murdering.
The Ship is powered by Valve’s Source Engine and will be released for PC this September. It will be demonstrated at E3 in less than a week in stand 2400 in the West Hall.
As usual, the latest Steam update has been posted, and this time it talks about the delivery service’s “Friends system” which is nearing the end of its beta phase.
Friends allows you to see when your friends are playing games, and lets users chat with each other both inside and outside of many Steam games. There are also a number of additional features we’ll be adding to it over time. Early next week, we’ll be updating Steam with a convenient way to join the Friends beta.
The update also discloses word that Valve plans on updating older Counter-Strike: Source maps and adding HDR support to them.
On Steam News is word that an update for Counter-Strike: Source has added new SAS and Leet player models. The update also improves player ragdolls and addresses other bugs.