Half-Life 2: Ep. 2 delayed 'til summer '07?

Source: UK game-news Web site Computer & Video Games. What we heard: Back in July, Valve Software CEO Gabe Newell made a surprise appearance at Electronic Arts' Summer Showcase. He was there to help unveil several new games that EA would distribute: the dimension-hopping shooter Portal, the...

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Source: UK game-news Web site Computer & Video Games.

What we heard: Back in July, Valve Software CEO Gabe Newell made a surprise appearance at Electronic Arts' Summer Showcase. He was there to help unveil several new games that EA would distribute: the dimension-hopping shooter Portal, the resurrected Team Fortress 2, and the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

At the time, Valve said all the new games would go on sale alongside the PC version of Half-Life 2: Episode Two in the fourth quarter of 2006. That didn't last long, though. Just over a month later, Valve's director of marketing, Doug Lombardi, revealed that all versions of Episode Two would now launch in the first quarter of 2007. "It's just sort of classic Valve being overly aggressive on our dates," Lombardi told the Eurogamer Web site, a delay that he later confirmed himself.

Now, it appears that the game's release has slipped yet again. According to Computer & Video Games, Lombardi now says Valve is "now targeting summer 2007" for the release of Episode Two, which comes with Team Fortress 2 and Portal. (The PS3 and 360 versions of the game also include the original Half-Life 2 and Episode One.) No reason was given for the delay, but knowing Valve's perfectionism--and history of missing deadlines--it wasn't entirely unexpected.

The official story: Lombardi, who seems to spend a lot of time in Europe these days, proved too elusive to be asked for comment.

Bogus or not bogus?: C&VG is usually pretty solid, so this looks not bogus. Also, don't be surprised if Episode Two ends up on many gamers' 2007 holiday shopping lists.

Discussion

246 comments
jesus_knight
jesus_knight

very bad new for people who havent played half life 2 and are planning on buying the 360 version, that includes me!

Bogdanx
Bogdanx

Hal-life 2 epidode 2 will apear with the new Diamond Multimedia Radeon HD 2900 XT Video Card (512MB, PCI Express x16, Dual DVI, VIVO - MPN: 2900XT512PE) .Price Range: $399.99 - $486.99 from 12 Sellers .With this card u olso get a Black Box dvd featuring Half-Life 2 episode 2 and the modes Portal & Team Fortres.And for all you Portal mode lovers if you realy want to experment it there is a alpha mode of it released,but f you are not satified and you have by chance Unreal Tournament 2004 instaled:P..they olso made a portal mode thats uber nice.Anyway I await bouth the game and video card cuz they are bouth uber nice!

elmecca
elmecca

Seriously wut the **** . wasnt all the episode thing meant to release the game faster???its all bull$hyt ,and WHYY are they bringing the game to the next gen consoles?? tht just keeps slowing down the release!!!

CPUPO
CPUPO

If this delay is for asure quality I can wait.

BernardBrook
BernardBrook

Seems to me that one of the reasons for moving to an episodic mode was that gamers get access to new HL2 content more often. So whats happening, was it just a ruse to get us to pay even more for less content? Time moves on and if they are not carefull people will loose interest in what is now a fairly old game.

its_toby
its_toby

aw hell...im sick of WAITING!!!

jamesgc
jamesgc

With Half - Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal, Half - Life 2 for X - Box 360 and Playstation 3 as well as l4d. Maybe Valve is taking on more then they can handle. I think they should focus on one thing at a time or maybe hire more people to make sure deadlines are meat when they say they will come out. or they could just shut there mouths until they can be certain when they will know when the games will be finished.

vBONESv
vBONESv

I think they should get the next gen versions of HL2 out and hold the episodes back for later downloads if they need more time - the content is generous enough already with TF2 and Portal included.

ldiego08
ldiego08

Well... it would gimme time to buy a new graph card.. LOL!

GentleSenator
GentleSenator

seriously, by the time "episode 3" comes along, this game will be ridiculously outdated. man alive

Fixer38
Fixer38

Its sad news but Valve has not disapointed us yet in theyr games so lets just enjoy what valve gave us for now. And trust me,time will go so fast that summer will come in no time.

redfop
redfop

god i want these games so much 4 my 360 becouse i have a mac (and no an intel on just a regular G5) so i have no other way to play it except at gamefrog ( a north carolina thing suckas its 5 bux fro an hour to play like any game) so yea its pretty gay it better b **** good

daprdann
daprdann

If there is going to be a half life 3 it will be in the far ,far future. I believe Valve will keep improving their current engine,such as refineing facial expressions,improving the lighting and physics. Episodic gaming is here to stay,and Valve has a good head start on the rest of the gaming industry.They [Valve] aren't going to give that up to create a new game engine. They should however ,hire more people to get this thing to its full potential.

GamerErman2001
GamerErman2001

Hey, Valve's acting like Nintendo now. Remember when Twilight Princess was supposed to be out at Xmas '05?

lantus
lantus

It will be worth it in the long run, I have yet to be disappointed with anything I have bought from them.

iliasark
iliasark

can't believe this. First disappointment i got was from from Call Of Duty 3 sad news, now this.And if this delay is due to the console ''alignment'' they are try to make, then it's really unfair. PC MUST BE IN 1st PRIORITY, at least for HL. Cannot turn their backs to the PC gamers just because people are getting crazy for the PS3 or whatever...I could morally accept such a long term to wait only if they would be preparing a HL3 supporting DX10 or with totally renewed engine or something.... Well, cant do nothing about it. Hope to remember who is Gordon Freeman when the game will be released. :-D

GrrrboyMC
GrrrboyMC

I agree with simboes and the others that have said it. Why should the pc fans who have supported Valve be kept waiting for the consoles? Is there definitely gonna be a HL3? If there is, will it be before 2020?

Joe24x7
Joe24x7

hah it's the tf2 curse

simboes
simboes

they should release the PC version first, to find the bugs and stuff, then release the PS3 and xbox versions. its unfair to make the pc people wait for a game that is already finished :(*

Trooperdx3117
Trooperdx3117

Why, why, why, why,why did you do this to us valve why, why, why.

DiaMAtrix
DiaMAtrix

This really annoys me. EVERY time theres a delay given from Valve. Sort the flippin release dates out instead of giving us these delays, Valve are just bein really pathetic about they're release dates. SORT IT OUT

KreepLX
KreepLX

That was a real SHOCKER when I heard it. It was a real SHOCKER when every game Valve released was late too. You guys think they are getting lazy after all of the HL2 success?

holenjd
holenjd

This is not what I consider episodic content. If they are going to push it back that far, it better have at least 10 hours of gameplay for Half Life 2 alone.

chocabloc
chocabloc

Awww man, first COD3 now this

capthunt
capthunt

AWWWW Noooooo.... figures

lord-azrael
lord-azrael

they call this news?everyone knows Valve cant stick to a date,they perfectionists,apart from HL2DM which they have killed over the years,they dont even tell you when they change the game,alot of my friedns stopped playing as they changed weapon values and it screwed magnum up so it wouldnt hit someone straffing,then when they fixed it they didnt say on updates so the people who left game still havent come back

trj156
trj156

razor86 its not all about who supported who first, its how can they make a lot of hype over this game? release it a billion times at once on all the platforms. business is business, get used to it, the world is not "fair."

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

I have plenty on Xbox 360 to occupy my time with - but I would love this to be a summer release - when nothing usually comes out.

gamerdude27
gamerdude27

It's kind of pathetic that we have to wait even longer for a 2 1/2 year old game to be released. Plus, getting an expansion of a two year old game isn't that exciting anymore. Don't get me wrong, I absoutely love Half Life 2, but I'm not sure I'll be picking this one up. Instead of working on all these expansions and ports, Valve needs to shift gears and focus on Half Life 3.

SCPsyWarrior
SCPsyWarrior

Aww... I want more HL2 dammit! Still, Ep1 was amazing and I'm prepared to wait for the next installment. I'd rather have a polished game than one which is rushed out. To all those people who are disputing the episodic approach: HL2 started pre-production in 1998. If you're willing to wait 5 years for the next installment rather than 1.5, then... you're just mad. -PsyW

remaynard
remaynard

Isn't it a bit rich to look at the hurdles faced by the pioneers of an industry initiative in its infancy, and declare the whole pursuit a failure? Valve has been improving the Source engine with each release. It's not simply a matter of delivering episodic content, but the evolution of a modular graphics engine that grows alongside the hardware. Because it's done this way, it'll be easier for Valve to catch up to the cutting edge without having to build another engine from scratch. Delays are always cringe-inducing, but if Valve is determined to catch a slice of the console industry, that's their right. What are you gonna do.. not buy their exquisite products? Cry like a little baby? That's what I thought.

ionstormn
ionstormn

It would rather have a great game that was delayed a few times other than a good game that was rushed. Its best for a company to delay the game if they see it best to do so. When a company rushes the game its not going to be as good as it would have been if they spend a little more time on it.

paradyme777
paradyme777

This delay is horrible but as long as it's polished I don't care.

DeusExMathias
DeusExMathias

Oh, my gosh! Valve is delaying a game's release? Totally unexpected! What, oh, what is the world coming to?! ;P

armenti8
armenti8

they delay EVERYTHING, wow. what's funny is that when it does finally get released, it takes like 6 hours for me to finish. stupid valve

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

working with the ps3 is just asking for delayed release dates.

piecake
piecake

i really want it for my pc and 360 this is a real shame as i was looking forward to great pc games on my 360 ahhh well as long as it still comes out i will be well happy!

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

i think that my expectations as to when i would see this game were dashed when the original delay happened. and now this. i feel two things, firstly i feel like valve is pushing this release back to late 2007 because of the multiplatform release. gosh nothing frustrates a fanbase more. secondly, i feel valve is missing the piont of their self proclamed episodic content, while guild wars is getting better at releaseing games every six months, valve seems to be getting worse at it. i can't believe that episode one took so long considering the retred feel it had, i can only attribute that to the polish that went into alexis character. but this "episode" is really pushing the boundries of rediculous, i understand they are incorporating both teamfortress two and portal. but still. darn you valve, if you made bad games like EA then i'd have the right to hate you. i think it's funny the only reason we care so much about these games release dates is because we are loving every sample of HL2 we get. also i would like to say that HL2 engine is gonna need a real overhall to compete in the next gen, i just played through GOW three times, once for every difficulty. and i can say they're visual presentation, though good, and very polished, is falling behind. GOW is beautiful, games have no buissness looking that good. the good thing about GOW is that now every game for the next gen will be benchmarked agianst it. for example if you think that GOW is great, well for bungie to make halo3 compete they are gonna have to over shoot GOW by alot to get the sales they want. any way this is probably gonna be one of those games i'll get for my 360 even thoug i already own it for pc. also the delay could be due to the fact that valve is rebuilding the source engine to be a multi threaded/multi core engine, kinda like unreal engine three. this will allow then better preformance on the ps3 and 360, and will also give me a reason to go multi core when i update.

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

Looking forward to playing this on the 360 or PS3, should be looking very sharp and hopefully no frame rate issues. I don't mind the wait, there is so much good fps on the 360 this month. When it does come out it should be well polished !

calebhawkins
calebhawkins

Episodic content will never take off unless companies like Valve can actually deliver them EPISODICALLY. A year to a year and a half is not an episode. That is enough time for some companies to develop an entirely new game.

Terdog
Terdog

NO!!!! I was so looking forward to Episode 2 and Portal... Why Valve Why??

maddog123
maddog123

delay = better game. I'm used to them saying that half life will be delayed, its a given. I don't care, i'm still gonna get it when it comes out, I really wanna play portal, it looks madd fun!!!!

DELTAsnake
DELTAsnake

Episodic content? I get a new Battlestar Galctica every week, that is episodic, not once every year or two.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Why should we be so surprised that a delay would occur? Anyone knows games often get delayed ... even consoles too!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

With this delay, can we put to bed that this is 'episodic gaming'?! It is just a way to get more money for the same or lesser amount of gameplay! With the original HL2 you got a good 35 hours plus for your $50/