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Half-Life 2: Episode Two Delayed

Valve opens up in Leipzig on EuroGamer (thanks Petr) is an interview with Valve's Doug Lombardi about the next installment in the Half-Life 2 saga, focusing on the news that the game is not going to make it to retail until February of next year. Here's a bit that explains this disappointing news about a project what was said to be coming "shortly" when it was first discussed this past February (story):

No, it's just sort of classic Valve being overly aggressive on our dates. But we're aiming for Q1 right now and we're really far along in the playtest stage. You know, our thing is always that we're trying to make really good experiences and so we're going to manage to that rather than the schedule.

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58. Re: Managing to Quality Aug 24, 2006, 21:46 SirKnight
 
I don't know what all the bashing is about. It's pretty obvious they're just wanting to make their games as fun as they can so people will like them. Most games are not as fun and as well thought out as Valve's games (just listen to their commentary) so they can take as long as they need. If you don't like these kind of games, then don't play a FPS!

Episode 1 was great and well worth the money I thought. I didn't think it was too short either. How can any one expect something the length of HL2 for $20? And what other $20 games out there that's really all that good...virtually none. A shorter game that's very fun and well made is much better than something that's half-assed and 200 hours long.

Sure I'm a little dissapointed that we won't get Episode 2 this year, but if Valve want's to put more work into to make it even better, then by all means delay it.

Also, this is just the way software is. You can't predict when something will be done. Most preditions are way way off. Trust me, I'm a software engineer, I know all about that.

What would you rather have, something released now that's buggy or not all that much fun, or wait a little while longer for something that kicks ass and is a memorable experience?

 
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