SIERRA ON-LINE ANNOUNCES HALF-LIFE(r): BLUE SHIFT PC RELEASE
All-New Episode for "The Greatest Action Game of All Time" To Ship in June
BELLEVUE, WA (March 29, 2001) - Sierra On-Line and Gearbox Software announce
today Half-Life(r): Blue Shift, the newest episode in the award-winning
Half-Life franchise, will ship to retail outlets around the world in June.
Half-Life: Blue Shift allows fans of the franchise to interact with new
characters and explore restricted areas of the Black Mesa Research Facility.
The game's website, featuring a trailer for the game, went live today at the
following URL, http://www.sierrastudios.com/games/hl-blueshift/.
Blue Shift is an all-new single player episode surrounding the Black Mesa
security guard introduced in Valve's classic action thriller, Half-Life. In
development by Gearbox Software, creators of the critically acclaimed
Half-Life(r): Opposing Force(tm), Blueshift also contains the Half-Life HD
Pack, which automatically upgrades the weapons and characters of all the
games in the Half-Life saga with new high definition content.
"Blue Shift was created for Half-Life fans everywhere and we're very pleased
to be able to bring it to the PC," said Randy Pitchford, Director of Gearbox
Software. "In addition to the entirely new Blue Shift episode, the package
also includes support for online play and the Half-Life HD Pack, which
brings all Half-Life games to the next generation of graphics technology."
Half-Life: Blue Shift allows fans of the franchise to explore areas of the
Black Mesa Research Facility where even Gordon Freeman never gained access.
Half-Life: Blue Shift is a stand-alone product that does not require
Half-Life to play. And in North America, Blue Shift will be sold with a full
version of Half-Life: Opposing Force, winner of the Academy of Interactive
Arts and Sciences Action Game of the Year Award.
Half-Life combines great storytelling with intense action and advanced
technology to create an impressive, realistic world where players need to
think smart to survive. Created by Valve LLC, Half-Life has won more than 50
Game of the Year awards from publications around the world, was named "Best
PC Game Ever" by Imagine Media's PC Gamer magazine (November 1999), and has
sold over two million copies worldwide on the PC.
Founded in January 1999, Gearbox Software is a team of veteran 3D game
developers collected in Dallas, Texas. Half-Life: Opposing Force was the
company's first offering to the gaming community and is the recipient of the
prestigious 2000 Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' PC Action Game of
the Year. More information about Gearbox Software can be found at
Sierra On-Line, Inc. http://www.sierra.com, a subsidiary of Vivendi
Universal Publishing and part of the Vivendi Universal Games division, is
one of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of
interactive entertainment and productivity software. Sierra is renowned for
releasing critically acclaimed and award winning titles that represent a
wide variety of computer entertainment on both next generation console and