It seems Valve has been hit with what is perhaps the worst leak in the company’s history. According to PC Gamer, a ton of the developer’s asset repositories got released online, and they include things for Portal, Counter Strike: Source, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2.
There’s apparently a lot of interesting stuff to play around with for all the mentioned games, but the biggest leak is for Team Fortress 2. For that game, everything from alternate character textures to entire abandoned maps was discovered. Considering the fact that Team Fortress 2 is almost abandonware at this point, this is an absolutely incredible find!
While leaks are likely never a good thing, it’s a little hard to feel bad for Valve at the moment. The company’s handling of Steam has caused multiple controversies over the years, and they seem to be perfectly content with just plain not making games anymore. So this leak is really something incredible for Valve fans who’ve spent the last few years just dying for some new content from the once top-shelf developer.
We may never get any new Half-Life, Portal or Counter-Strike games again after this, but at least we now have a better window into their respective pasts. I guess that’s better than nothing.
What do you think of all this? How do you think Valve will respond?
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