Half-Life 2: Episode One gold, Two dated, Three announced

First of three expansions to Valve's groundbreaking shooter is set for June 1 retail and online launch; sequels due by end of year and in 2007, respectively.

A year and a half after Half-Life 2 first hit PCs, the highly acclaimed PC shooter is on the verge of getting its first expansion. Today, Valve Software announced that Half-Life 2: Episode One has gone gold and is on track to ship next Thursday, June 1. The add-on will cost $19.99 and will be sold both online via Valve's Steam download service and in boxed retail form, which Electronic Arts will distribute.

Like Half-Life 2, Episode One will be rated M for Mature due to sci-fi violence. However, unlike most expansions, it does not require the original game to play. That may be because the game goes outside City 17, the setting of much of Half-Life 2, to follow hero Gordon Freeman and supporting heroine Alyx, who plays a more prominent role this time around. Along with the cold announcement, Valve released a brand-new trailer showing Alyx in action.

In addition to two new multiplayer modes and the Lost Coast tech demo, Episode One will sport a preview of its sequel, Half-Life 2: Episode Two. The expansion, the existence of which was revealed in February, will add another four- to six-hour minicampaign to the Half-Life 2 saga when it is released later this year. Previously, the game had no official release window or date.

Today's gold announcement was the first official confirmation that a third Half-Life 2 episodic update is in development. Like Episode Two, Valve divulged little in the way of information about Episode Three, saying only that it was the last "in a trilogy...that will conclude by Christmas of 2007."

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189 comments
Pirikato
Pirikato

8 years later, into the future...

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

Not only is episode 3 a dead issue, they left it on a mind numbingly intense cliffhanger, which we will now never see the end of... a real strike against valve.. :(

thebobafettest
thebobafettest

7 years later hahaha. It's always fun going back and looking at all the old comments, eh?

hull20004
hull20004

"....in a trilogy...that will conclude by Christmas of 2007." yeah right. Gabe already trolled us with half-life 3 so i guess episode 3 is written off

flashn00b
flashn00b

Half-Life 2 Episode 3 Coming 2021.

fire2box
fire2box

Valve divulged little in the way of information about Episode Three, saying only that it was the last "in a trilogy...that will conclude by Christmas of 2007." ROFL....

Leadpumper
Leadpumper

I hope that in episode 3, Gordon bangs that tight little arse off alyx. It's about time he got out of his suit for a damn good reason:)

haadurin
haadurin

over 3 years later and we haven't seen a damn screenshot yet. valve, WTF?!

silvergun2
silvergun2

wow come on valve finish episode three already

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I really hope you obtain the Portal 'Aperature' from the Borealis research ship, now that would be fantastic!!

SirRailton
SirRailton

Let me put some optimism in doubt. They are problably taking so long on this game because it will be 100 x better than Episode 2! ! ! ! !! ! ! !

Gamespotes
Gamespotes

ok this 2009 where is our half life ep.3

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

'divulged little in the way of information about Episode Three, saying only that it was the last "in a trilogy...that will conclude by Christmas of 2007."' Nnnnnnnnot quite... :(

-abacus-
-abacus-

I hope with the suppression field on Alyx and Gordon get it on. I mean, the game has so many references, Alyx hitting on you and Eli like 'zomg gimme bebes to eat'

Colderon
Colderon

I get the feeling that they are taking forever to release it because they have already started work on Half-Life 3, so not all of their resources are dedicated to this one project.

LOCHTE30000
LOCHTE30000

i think ep 3 alyx and gorden is going to fly that helicopter that they showed at the end of ep 2 , that will be so cool if the player can pilot the chopper !!!

woofywoof
woofywoof

Coming to X'mas 08 and still no news..

reo-117
reo-117

come on when will more news come up

DJ_Criss
DJ_Criss

i hope some info comes out soon for episode 3...can`t wait to play it

robheisel
robheisel

i think episode 3 is goanna focus on that ship they talked about on episode 2

chechak7
chechak7

half life is my best FPS game ever

DeeDoubleYou
DeeDoubleYou

Anyone heard anything about Half-Life 3 yet?

Children_of_Men
Children_of_Men

well, i guess its a little later than christmas of '07.

DeimosGT
DeimosGT

I hope this game will be very long and exciting.

reo-117
reo-117

just finished hl 2 and ep 1 and 2 cant wait for this

Ken10Ethan
Ken10Ethan

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOCHTE30000
LOCHTE30000

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE SEND ME MORE INFO OF HALFLIFE EPISODE 3 , OR JUST SEND ME THE WEBSITE PLEASE

edo_gamer
edo_gamer

Oh yeah! Now,this is more like it! Further than that boring city 17.EXCELLENT!

WarGrad
WarGrad

Just beat episode 2, bring on episode 3!!!! E3 just passed, anything mentioned about episode 3 yet

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I heard a 'Rumour' that Valve will be including the 'Portal' gun in Episode 3, and yes it will be available on 360 and assume PS3.

Masoud03
Masoud03

i think half-life deserves a 10/10 more than MGS .... LONG LIVE HALF LIFE !!!! (BTW big boss is a one-eyed snake :D)

s2-sohaib
s2-sohaib

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LOCHTE30000
LOCHTE30000

can someone tell me if the game is only going to come out on pc or on the ps 3and xbox 360 ?

cristyrazvan
cristyrazvan

I pray for the third episode to come out sooner, i can't wait for it! I love HL series !

LOCHTE30000
LOCHTE30000

THANX , CANT WAIT , DO YOU GUYS THINK THIS WILL BE THE LAST HALF LIFE GAME?

IlPadrino12
IlPadrino12

Half life 2 is the best game!!I can't wait for episode 3

LOCHTE30000
LOCHTE30000

hey when does the 3 one comes out ????? does any one knows????????

Ztoky
Ztoky

i just completed Episode two and I LOVED IT SOOOOOO MUCH ... The serie just get better and better!

s2-sohaib
s2-sohaib

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Chattermouth
Chattermouth

serious99sam: So is an XBox360, thus you'll be fine either way :P

s2-sohaib
s2-sohaib

i think I'll die before they release episode 3 (~_~).

LOCHTE30000
LOCHTE30000

I love half life , cant wait 4 Half-Life 2: Episode 3 !!!

serious99sam
serious99sam

i hope its also for xbox 360 because my computer is a piece of crap

s2-sohaib
s2-sohaib

when will they release the game. am waiting this game on fire .am so bored i wanna know what will happen after alyx's father die.this game is the best ,story ,music ,sound,graphic. LOVE THiE GAME....

jewyjewstein
jewyjewstein

@StarSword_Cthey lie with their lying mouths with lies about the lies they already told. That makes them liars, I think.

Also, they lie.