HL2 DM & Source Engine Update Plans

New Counter-Strike Source Map Coming Soon on the Steam Website (thanks Voodoo Extreme) has details on plans to release a new Counter-Strike map via Steam, Half-Life 2 deathmatch updates, and a high dynamic range lighting feature for the source engine:
Over the next month or so there will be a couple of interesting releases via Steam, in addition to the upcoming Counter-Strike map cs_compound.

First, we'll be releasing an update to Half-Life 2: Deathmatch that will include the Slam, Stunstick, and the Crowbar. We're not ready to release the contest winning maps just yet, but we will be releasing a new map we've built at Valve to tide people over while we sort out the contest winners. There will also be a release to Counter-Strike: Source around the same time that will address a few minor issues.

One feature that we'll be adding to the Source engine in the coming months is high dynamic range lighting. To showcase this we've taken a part of the Highway 17 chapter of Half-Life 2 and worked it into a single level that incorporates HDR along with some new gameplay. We're calling this short level "The Lost Coast," and it will be made available free of charge to Half-Life 2 customers that meet a specific set of high end hardware requirements. We'll be publishing those requirements soon.

Below are a few early concept sketches of the level early in its development...
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Afew things. What the hell is Slam? You don't need a 3ghz computer to run BF1942 on high even and it still looks great. Can't compare to Quake 2 man, your on crack. I ran it maxed out on my 2.4ghz cpu awhile ago and it ran flawless though now I'm at 3.2ghz.
Thats another thing. This HDR seriously needs a good computer. I remember if you turned it on in Far Cry, man did it lag. I'm on a 3.2ghz P4, 1.5gb PC3200, and 6800 GT 256mb overclocked. I bet you need a monster for HL2 to handle it as well although I will admit HL2 runs so much better than Far Cry so it might be better at handling this as well. Adios!

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