Half-Life 2: Black Box Cancelled
Well, 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!