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.
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."
"....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
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....
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:)
I really hope you obtain the Portal 'Aperature' from the Borealis research ship, now that would be fantastic!!
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! ! ! ! !! ! ! !
'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... :(
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'
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.
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 !!!
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.
i think half-life deserves a 10/10 more than MGS .... LONG LIVE HALF LIFE !!!! (BTW big boss is a one-eyed snake :D)
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....
it sucks they cut the game off, as soon as Alyx's dad dies. Also before you get to pilot the helicopter.
It'll probably take another year at least until we get Episode Three. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=181670
Content you might like…
Users who looked at this article also looked at these content items.
Emmy-winning writer Jon Vitti, who penned "Mr. Plow" episode of The Simpsons, working on 2016 film based on Rovio's game. Full Story
- Posted May 20, 2013 12:23 pm PT
Bankrupt publisher hoping to bring in at least $22 million from upcoming asset auctions. Full Story
- Posted May 23, 2013 9:43 am PT
Network journalist acknowledges one-sided violent video game report; invitations to Bungie and the Entertainment Software Association were declined. Full Story
- Posted May 20, 2013 10:45 pm PT