Day of Defeat: Source, the highly anticipated update to the classic online WWII mod, will be made available to gamers everywhere on Monday 26th September, Valve have announced via Steam News.

"Day of Defeat has quietly been one of the most played online action games for the past three years," said Gabe Newell, president and founder of Valve. "Day of Defeat: Source represents a major leap forward in both graphics and gameplay, and pushes the Source engine harder than any other Source project. "

DoD: Source takes the classic teamplay of DoD and expands the experience with Source, the engine technology Valve created for Half-Life 2 and it's next generation of games. With this technology, DoD: Source offers state of the art graphics with optimized versions of popular maps and all new player, weapon and world models, plus support for HDR lighting thanks to the hard work put into developing HDR for the free technology showcase, Half Life 2: Lost Coast.

DoD: Source leverages the power of the Source engine by introducing advanced sound technology to provide a more immersive soundscape and integrated physics simulation technology for ragdolls and physically simulated objects throughout each map.

Available via Steam for just US$19.95 and in the Counter-Strike: Source retail package, DoD: Source is a rebuild from the ground up of Day of Defeat on the Source engine.

DoD: Source will be available for pre-load and pre-order next week. Those who purchased the Half-Life 2 Silver or Gold Steam offers will receive a request to pre-load the game at this time and will receive access to play the moment the game is made available.

With DoD: Source building on the same HDR lighting support that Lost Coast adds, does that mean we will see Lost Coast before the 26th? Not necessarily: the HDR code has been part of Source for a while now, and Lost Coast is so much more - insanely high resolution textures, all new levels, and the unique Audio Commentary feature.

Watch for the answers this Tuesday in an exclusive interview with the Valve team.

UPDATE: Day of Defeat: Source has now been released. Check out our exclusive preview showing the improvements made since Day of Defeat Classic, and the huge difference that HDR makes.

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