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Half-Life 2 Delayed

Shacknews has finally received official word that Half-Life 2 will not be making its planned release date of September 30, something a quick glance at the calendar can confirm. Here's the quote from Valve's Doug Lombardi:

The previously announced September 30th release date for Half-Life 2 is being pushed back. We are currently targeting a holiday release, but do not have a specific "in-store" date to share at this time. We will release that information as soon as we have confirmed a new date.

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241. Re: damn Sep 30, 2003, 16:16 Bob
 
I understand the "damned if you do, damned if you don't" argument relating to speed of release vs. stability of code but this is different than most other release situations.

Unlike most moronic devs/publishers who announce the game 5 years ahead of time, HL2 was developed in total secrecy; there was no pressure of a release. They had the financial backing they needed, they had a gauranteed seller being the sequel to HL. They had total freedom to pick any date. So when they at long last came forward and said 30 Sep. it was naturally assumed by most that this would much firmer than the average release date.

I'm sure the game will be good and I'm not going to lose too much sleep over this but speaking strictly about the date issue, Valve/Vivendi deserve to get called on this one.

 
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