has details on Half-Life 2: Episode Two, as well as the official announcement of
the news (story
) that TeamFortress 2 will be the multiplayer
component in the next installment in the episodic expansion and more on Portal:
Bellevue, WA, July 14, 2006 - Valve®, developer of the blockbuster series
Half-Life® and Counter-StrikeTM, unveiled Team Fortress® 2 and Portal, two new
games to be included in its next release, Half-Life® 2: Episode Two. In
addition, the studio announced its plans to deliver these products, plus
enhanced versions of Half-Life 2 and Episode One, in one tremendous package for
the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
"By evolving our development process to an episodic approach, we're able to
reduce risk from things such as schedule and funding and invest more in new
types of gameplay," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. "This
allows us to produce innovative titles such as Portal and Team Fortress 2 and
deliver them in a timely fashion to customers along with Episode Two."
Episode Two advances the 16-million unit selling franchise, as Valve's trilogy
of episodic single player releases continues the award-winning story of
Half-Life 2. Armed with new weaponry and vehicles, Dr. Gordon Freeman must race
through a countryside riddled with an increasingly fierce Combine threat.
Team Fortress 2, an all-new version of the title that spawned team based
multiplayer action games, features the most advanced graphics of any
Source-based game released to date. Players choose from a range of unique
character classes such as medic, spy, sniper, or engineer and must work together
to complete a variety of tactical objectives.
Portal is a new type of single player game that changes how players approach,
manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment in a manner
similar to how the Gravity Gun changed our approach to how an object may be
leveraged in any given situation.
Team Fortress 2 and Portal will be included with all retail and Steam versions
of Episode Two for the PC. In addition, these products plus Half-Life 2 and
Episode One will be available in one tremendous offering for the PC, Xbox 360
and PlayStation 3. New videos from Episode Two, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 will
be released next week.