Valve's leaked game might be a Hero Shooter

Valve is best known for its PC publishing platform Steam and the Steam Deck
An undated image of  Valve game: Deadlock. — Esports
An undated image of  Valve game: Deadlock. — Esports 

Valve's next game seems to be Deadlock, a multiplayer hero shooter. This is according to leaks from playtesters posted on social media earlier today, in addition to certain specifics confirmed by noted valve data miner @GabeFollower and valve observer Tyler McVicker.

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), @GabeFollower stated: "Since testers started sharing Deadlock screenshots all over the place, here's ones I can verify, featuring one of the heroes called Grey Talon." 

The post contained four pictures purportedly from the game, showing combatants (one of whom resembles the Sniper from Team Fortress 2) fighting in a city layout evocative of Half-Life 2's City 17.

Whereas, another illustration depicts a hero named Grey Talon and contains his weapon and ability symbols, as well as a brief description.

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Deadlock was not a game that Valve hinted was in the works, so its announcement is undoubtedly shocking. Earlier, GabeFollower posted additional details about Deadlock on their X page, describing it as "fast-paced interesting ADHD gameplay."

Combination of Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, Overwatch, Valorant, Smite, and Orcs Must Die." The Verge has contacted Valve for comment.

Valve is now best known for its PC publishing platform Steam and the Steam Deck, and the business continues to create games. Counter-Strike 2, an upgrade to the perennially popular Counter-Strike GO, was launched last year by Valve.

In 2017, Valve president and co-founder Gabe Newell announced that the firm was working on three "full games" for VR, one of which being the 2020 blockbuster Half-Life: Alyx. Deadlock does not appear to be a VR title, but there might be more hidden Valve titles on the way.