Gamers have been eagerly waiting news about the impending launch of Valve’s Source 2 with little to show for it. However, it appears that the new gaming engine has made an appearance in the most recent update to the Dota 2 Workshop. The revelation was first made on Reddit, where user RoyAwesome noticed some significant changes to the file system of the modding tools.
The Dota 2 Workshop has served as a playing ground for modders to build new skins or items for sale in Dota 2; the more capable programmers have also managed to do some interesting things to the popular MOBA like turning it into a Mario Kart style racing game. This new version of the Workshop provides new tools and a redesigned map creation tool. Some hope that this will allow the game to be modded into a real time strategy game like Warcraft III and bring the series around full circle.
However, some note that this may not be the full Source 2 engine as it is only relating to modding tools for Dota 2. Although it does indicate that Valve is in the final stages of rolling the engine out. If this is the case, it is likely that new modding tools for Counter Strike: Global Offensive and the other Valve titles will also be appearing before we hear an official word on the status of the Source 2 engine. At the very least, we may actually be a little closer to the actual release of Half Life 3.