SteamDB has spotted Valve pushing several versions of Dota 2 in the new Source 2 engine. There’s a version for each of the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, Mac, Linux, and other clients such as the low-violence versions used in China.
These hibernating updates could signal that Valve aim to bring Source 2 to the public very, very soon - so soon as to have them in place for this year’s Dota 2 International.
Update: SteamDB has also discovered even more clues. Source 2 Dota 2 beta configurations and DirectX 11 support:
Source 2 Dota 2 Beta configurations were just added to the main client including a 64-bit client and DX11 support. pic.twitter.com/dbXK86Bs1v
— Steam Database (@SteamDB) June 1, 2015
You can take a look at the SteamDB entry here, where you can clearly see the references to Source 2 and the many version of Dota 2 that exist. But what exactly are we looking at really? Well, Reddit user /u/FlukyS gives a very detailed explanation:
“Games live in depos,” explained FlukyS. “There are different depos for each platform, so there is a Windows, Mac and Linux depo, there are private password protected depos. What you are looking at is a Valve engineer pushed a load of depos for Source2 on different platforms (and a couple of different languages). To use those depos the Valve engineer just has to switch the active one for users and then it will be pushed as an update.”
What’s interesting though is that there seems to be an option for users to switch between the Source and Source 2 version of the game. So if you aren’t happy with the performance that you get with all the new shiny bells and whistles, you can revert to the tried and tested original.
Are you excited to see Source 2 in action? Do you think Valve will use it at this year’s Dota 2 International - a competiton which has just breeched the $10 million dollar mark for its prize pool?