Half-Life 2: Black Box Cancelled

Valve LogoWell, those of you waiting for TF2 need to go out and come up with another $10. Why? Valve has cancelled Half-Life 2: The Black Box.

Originally planned to contain Episode 2 of Half-Life, Portal, and TF2, the Black Box would have been $10 cheaper than the Orange Box. Doug Lombardi, Valve’s director of marketing, said, “The Black Box has been cancelled. We’re going to have one package, The Orange Box, available on the PC (US$49.99) as well as the 360 and PS3 (US$ 59.99). In addition to the three new products — Portal, Team Fortress 2, and Half-Life: Episode Two — The Orange Box will also contain the full version of Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One.”

What does this mean to gamers?

Honestly, not much. Sure, you may already have HL2 and Episode 1. Sure, you don’t want to buy those again. However, there is a caveat that makes the sting a little less severe. Mr Lombardi said, “Those who purchase the PC version of The Orange Box will get three separate Steam product codes: One for the three new games, one for HL2, and one for Episode One. This way a PC Orange Box owner can give away their Half-Life 2 or Episode One unused Steam product codes if they don’t need a copy of those games. We are excited to deliver the highest value of new gaming content ever offered in one box.” So, that if you don’t need those two titles, you can hand them off to a buddy, and BOOM! You’ve got a friend to drag into buying his own Orange Box to play TF2 with you.

Wait, then HE has an extra HL2 and Episode 1. It’s a conspiracy!

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5 Comments on Half-Life 2: Black Box Cancelled


On May 18, 2007 at 9:53 pm

I plan on buying them on STEAM separately anyways….


On May 19, 2007 at 3:12 am

bunch of retards at valve, I swear.


On September 15, 2007 at 5:42 am

that sucks !! i was planning on geting the black box


On September 15, 2007 at 1:30 pm

We’ll, i changed my mind. I got the Orange Box. Basically Half Life 2 and Episode one are free with it (and I can give them away), and its STILL CHEAPER than buying them separately.

In a nut shell, the Orange Box IS the black box with a free HL2 and Episode one. Its still saving 30% than buying Portal, Episode 2, and TF2 separately.

Phil Migrowen

On September 15, 2007 at 4:50 pm

“In a nut shell, the Orange Box IS the black box with a free HL2 and Episode one.”

It’s still at least $10 more than the Black Box was supposed to be.

“Its still saving 30% than buying Portal, Episode 2, and TF2 separately.”

Only because Valve grossly inflated the price of each of those gamettes when purchased separately on Steam to make the Orange Box appear less expensive.