Posted on October 4, 2007,

Half-Life 2 Episode 2 Pre-Loading

HL2 Orange Box

With less than a week to go before the Orange Box of chocolatey goodness is unleashed upon the sweet-toothed masses, Valve have initiated the pre-loading stage to Half-Life 2: Episode 2 today. As Chris covered a couple of days ago, Portal itself started its pre-loading sequence. Straight off Steam:

The Orange Box will be available via Steam and at retail outlets beginning next Wednesday, October 10th. In preparation for launch, Valve has begun pre-loading both Portal and Half-Life 2: Episode Two to those who have pre-purchased The Orange Box. The pre-purchase campaign, available via Steam and at participating retailers, grants gamers access to the Team Fortress 2 beta and extends a 10% discount off the regular price of $49.95.

Of course, anyone (pre)ordering Orange Box now can participate in the ongoing Team Fortress 2 beta, which looks to be nine kinds of awesome.

Episode 2′s pre-load weighs in at nearly a gig. If guess if you want to play everything (new) come Wednesday (when it unlocks), you’d best start pre-loading right now. Or perhaps you are like me: old fashioned, stubborn, and still mentally living in the 90s? Savings be damned, I want to caress my newly purchased Orange Box of fun come next week. There’s just something about that tangibility. Because, I’m nostalgic like that…

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