Valve has announced big plans to totally reinvent Steam’s Community tab, with a special spotlight on users and user-generated content.
According to the official press blurbs, the “major update” includes “highlighting and enabling the best user-created screenshots, videos, and Workshop items for games across Steam while making it easier for the community to discuss their favorite games.” So, basically, it’s like Tumblr: Steam Edition.
“The New Steam Community is all about showing off the best content that gamers have created,” said Valve’s Emily Kent. “With over 89 million screenshots, videos, Steam Workshop maps, levels, mods, and items, plus news articles and product updates, the community has created an unbelievable wealth of content around their favorite games.”
Valve being Valve, of course, this isn’t a simple matter of just pushing a button somewhere and making everything different. Instead, over the next few days, they’ll be revealing new incoming features – and today’s new feature is Game Hubs.
Every title in Steam’s 2,000+ catalogue will get its own dedicated Game Hub page, where players can browse relevant content about the game, including screenshots, mods, news, and whatever else. Users will be able to rate content, so the most popular stuff will be on top. Looking for the best Left 4 Dead 2 mods? Now you know where to find them.
No confirmation yet on when the update is actually dropping, but… it’s Valve. Time is a complicated concept over there.