Valve and EA officially announce the two retail configurations for Half-Life 2:
Episode Two, the Black Box, with Episode Two, Portal, and TeamFortress 2, and
the Orange box, which bundles all that Episode Two-ness with Episode One and
the original Half-Life 2. The announcement offers Fall 2007 as the release date for both
boxes, which represents a delay from the previous release date of Summer 2007
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Redwood City, Calif. –February 7,
2007– Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), the world’s leading interactive
entertainment company, and Valve®, the award-winning studio behind the
blockbuster franchises Half-Life® and Counter-Strike®, today announced the
naming and product configurations The Black Box and The Orange Box, two of the
most anticipated action game offerings shipping worldwide in Fall 2007.
The Black Box will ship for the PC, and includes Half-Life 2: Episode Two,
Portal and Team Fortress 2. The Orange Box will ship for the PC, PLAYSTATION®3
computer entertainment system, and Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system,
and includes all the content of The Black Box, plus the original Half-Life 2 and
Half-Life 2: Episode One.
Innovative games included in The Black Box and The Orange Box include:
• Half-Life 2: Episode Two -- the second installment in
Valve’s episodic trilogy advances the award-winning story, leading the player to
new locations outside of City 17.
• Portal -- a pioneering type of single player action game
that rewrites the rules for how players approach and manipulate their
environment – much like how Half-Life 2’s Gravity Gun reinvented the way gamers
interact with objects in the game.
• Team Fortress 2 -- an all-new version of the legendary
title that spawned team based multiplayer action games. The game’s daring new
art style features the most advanced graphics of any Source-based game released
“In less than 18 months, we’ve shipped 10 new products to retail outlets with EA
Partners,” said Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve. “The Black Box and The Orange
Box represent a new approach to publishing multiple products, on multiple
platforms and we know through our experience that no organization in the
industry is better equipped to successfully launch new product types on multiple
platforms than EA Partners.”
“Valve is one of the world’s premiere independent developers and EA Partners is
thrilled to help them bring the groundbreaking action games in The Orange Box
and The Black Box to market as their publishing partner,” said David DeMartini,
vice president and general manager of EA Partners.
The Black Box and The Orange Box are targeted for release in Fall 2007. For more
information, please visit www.steamgames.com