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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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61. ... Aug 24, 2006, 22:25 theyarecomingforyou
 
If you don't like these kind of games, then don't play a FPS!
How kind of you to tell me what to do. Oh wait... fuck off. I love first person shooters but Ep1 was absurdly linear and had a near non-existent plot - that's enough for me to dislike it, particularly after Oblivion changed the way games were perceived (despite not even being a FPS). The puzzle solving was tedious, the battles repetitive, the AI dreadful and the gameplay gimmicky (glowing balls, antlion holes, valves that would snap shut if you didn't fully open them, etc). When it did get good it ended abruptly.
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.
Yes but would it have been delayed if they hadn't added Portals or TF2? And even if it had they certainly wouldn't have put the price up as they now plan. So this is far from an ordinary delay... this is due to poor planning, poor management and misguided judgements.
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?
I'd rather they gave an accurate release date and released a non-buggy product. I wouldn't have minded Februrary (or whenever it now is) if that's what I was told; here we've been told a date, only for them to go and delay it.

If it was just Valve delaying the game to make it better then I'd support them. However, they have delayed all their games (HL, HL2, TF2, Ep1) and now, after announcing extra content, they are bumping up the price and delaying it. That is a very different situation. Valve has contributed a lot to the industry and genre, without doubt, but they have really messed up recently. I am sure TF2 will be very enjoyable, afterall TFC was my favourite multiplayer game, but I don't agree with the way they go about things.

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