Considering the SDK for the original Half-Life wasn't ready until months after the game's release, this is great news!
The physics in the single player part (judging from the movies from E3) look absolutely fantastic, but how will physics work in multiplayer? Won't there be a problem with sending all the physics information packets to all the players? Are you perhaps scaling the physics engine down for multiplayer?Gabe Newell: Well, the simple answer is that there are client-side and server-side physics behaviors. You use client-side when maintaining cross-client coherence isn't important. This cuts down network traffice while maintaining the appearance of physical simulation throughout the world... it's definable per-object, so exactly what's client vs. server simulated is tunable." En er is meer Half-Life 2 nieuws, want in deze post wordt gesproken over de physics in de multiplayer kant van Half-Life 2.