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Half-Life mod, Sven Co-op, coming to Steam

Half-Life mod, Sven Co-op, coming to Steam

Sven Co-op has been in development for approximately 15 years and out-dates even Team Fortress Classic.

Popular Half-Life mod Sven Co-op is coming to Steam with the help of Valve.

The team has been working on the mod for approximately 15 years and is now going to work on their own custom version of the Half-Life engine with Valve's permission in order to bring the next version of Sven Co-op to Steam.

The new version will be a standalone game and will not require a copy of Half-Life to run, meaning it will be free to all Steam users. Through Valve's SteamPipe system, it will also be enabled to perform "frequent and rapid updates" as work on the project continues.

With tweaks to the engine, the team says it will be able to work on larger and more detailed worlds and enhanced stability and performance.

'We are grateful beyond expression to Valve for their generosity and efforts put forth to make this possible,' said artist Josh Polito on the Sven Co-op forums. 'We're looking forward to working with one of the greatest game engines ever made, and we can assure everyone that there are many, many more updates to come.'

Sven Co-op was first released in 1999, even before Team Fortress Classic, making it the oldest Half-Life mod still in development. At present, the mod is listed on Steam but needs to be downloaded from an external site.

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konstantine 18th July 2013, 20:18 Quote
Valve has fallen to low to the point where it's quite sad that they're still around. I mean compare Valve, the whole company, to a gaming studio like Dice, and you'd realize how truly irrelevant Valve is in PC gaming. still stewing and recycling the same damn graphics engine for what, a decade or now.
What do they do in the company? Itch each-others' backs?
zelachang 18th July 2013, 21:05 Quote
I dunno. Maybe they're working on games that millions of people play? Between DOTA 2, TF2, cs:go, cs there's about 500,000 people playing Valve games right now. Granted popularity doesn't mean quality but... Valve is by no means irrelevant.
VaLkyR-Assassin 18th July 2013, 22:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by konstantine
you'd realize how truly irrelevant Valve is in PC gaming

Valve? Irrelevant to PC Gaming? I would say Steam is pretty damn relevant! Yeah they may not be making games much anymore, but they're certainly not meaningless in the PC world; they are more popular than ever.
AiA 18th July 2013, 22:30 Quote
If Steam failed as a business model,

we would now be playing Half Life 3 or even 4
chemo 18th July 2013, 22:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by konstantine
Valve has fallen to low to the point where it's quite sad that they're still around. I mean compare Valve, the whole company, to a gaming studio like Dice, and you'd realize how truly irrelevant Valve is in PC gaming. still stewing and recycling the same damn graphics engine for what, a decade or now.
What do they do in the company? Itch each-others' backs?

scott_chegg 18th July 2013, 22:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by konstantine
Valve has fallen to low to the point where it's quite sad that they're still around. I mean compare Valve, the whole company, to a gaming studio like Dice, and you'd realize how truly irrelevant Valve is in PC gaming. still stewing and recycling the same damn graphics engine for what, a decade or now.
What do they do in the company? Itch each-others' backs?

Are you talking about a different valve? Portal 2 was ace!

Yeah the engine is old but it's long been knowledge that they are working on a new updated engine. To be honest every game Valve release is completely polished and pretty much flawless. I'd rather have long dev cycles for a properly finished product than spewing out buggy unfinished toss every five minutes.
fix-the-spade 18th July 2013, 23:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by konstantine
Valve has fallen to low to the point where it's quite sad that they're still around.
Somebody get the gingification gun, we got an interloper from the evil verse!

I can live with Source seesawing past ten next year, for all Crytek and DICE have pushed technology, they package it around the same boring sci-fi or military shooter over and over. I would happily play with Quake Engine 3 forever if it meant a little bit more imagination and joy in my games.
modfx 19th July 2013, 06:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by konstantine
Valve has fallen to low to the point where it's quite sad that they're still around. I mean compare Valve, the whole company, to a gaming studio like Dice, and you'd realize how truly irrelevant Valve is in PC gaming. still stewing and recycling the same damn graphics engine for what, a decade or now.
What do they do in the company? Itch each-others' backs?

Have a Snickers
fluxtatic 19th July 2013, 06:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by konstantine
Valve has fallen to low to the point where it's quite sad that they're still around. I mean compare Valve, the whole company, to a gaming studio like Dice, and you'd realize how truly irrelevant Valve is in PC gaming. still stewing and recycling the same damn graphics engine for what, a decade or now.
What do they do in the company? Itch each-others' backs?

I don't need shiny, shiny graphics. TF2 is still stupid amounts of fun. What, I'm supposed to get excited about Tomb Raider having super-realistic hair modeling?

I'd say some of these studios could take a lesson from Valve - admittedly pulling it out of my ass entirely, I would guess there are more games that use the Source Engine than any other game engine. Seems Valve's doing something right.

And given a choice between Steam and HL3, 4, etc? No question - Steam all day, every day. If not Valve, someone else would have gotten the idea and ****ed it up royally (ahem, EA)
dyzophoria 19th July 2013, 08:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by AiA
If Steam failed as a business model,

we would now be playing Half Life 3 or even 4

I'd hate to say it, but this seems too plausible..
mi1ez 19th July 2013, 08:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by fluxtatic
I would guess there are more games that use the Source Engine than any other game engine. Seems Valve's doing something right.

I reckon that honour probably goes to one of the Unreal Engines. Dunno though, would be interested to find out...

EDIT: This is a good starting point I guess http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/gamers_start_your_engines_6_top_gaming_engines_face
MiNiMaL_FuSS 19th July 2013, 09:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by konstantine
Valve has fallen to low to the point where it's quite sad that they're still around. I mean compare Valve, the whole company, to a gaming studio like Dice, and you'd realize how truly irrelevant Valve is in PC gaming. still stewing and recycling the same damn graphics engine for what, a decade or now.
What do they do in the company? Itch each-others' backs?

What a nutter!

Valve are one of the only decent developers left that don't churn out unfinished, buggy, crap!
WarrenJ 19th July 2013, 09:16 Quote
We may find a new Source engine comes out around the same time the new consoles come out. Making cross platform game realeases on source easy. I would also expect things like Portal 3 / Half-Life 3 to arrive shortly afterwards. It would be silly of Valve to release a new source engine without getting the full potential from the consoles beforehand.
Pliqu3011 19th July 2013, 10:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by konstantine
Valve has fallen to low to the point where it's quite sad that they're still around. I mean compare Valve, the whole company, to a gaming studio like Dice, and you'd realize how truly irrelevant Valve is in PC gaming. still stewing and recycling the same damn graphics engine for what, a decade or now.
What do they do in the company? Itch each-others' backs?

0/10, obvious flamebait is obvious. There's not a single argument or stat that can support anything you've just said.
[USRF]Obiwan 19th July 2013, 11:25 Quote
10 years to late..
thom804 20th July 2013, 07:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by konstantine
Valve has fallen to low to the point where it's quite sad that they're still around. I mean compare Valve, the whole company, to a gaming studio like Dice, and you'd realize how truly irrelevant Valve is in PC gaming. still stewing and recycling the same damn graphics engine for what, a decade or now.
What do they do in the company? Itch each-others' backs?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hfYJsQAhl0
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