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Half-Life 2: Episode Two Delayed Again

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 (story). Here's word:

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 to date.

“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

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53. Re: Boxes? Feb 10, 2007, 13:25 Masa
 
Why dont they just release over Steam and have it done with?

Because not everyone who is a fan of Half Life also has broadband...? Enough of, I'd say, for them to warrant putting out physical copies. Amazing as it sounds, there's still a few of those kinds of people running around out there.

lets face it - what game doesn't get delayed these days?

The only one I can think of is DNF...since 3dR has never put out a release date for their games, just saying they wish to make sequels to games they've haven't even finished or started hyping yet.

If the companies actually done what they were supposed to, release 2-4 episodes a year then it would have been fine.

I don't remember them saying they were going to release stuff that frequently, as they had enough fun getting Ep2 done within their timeframe.

 
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