The cheaper, no-frills Black Box bundle
of Half Life 2: Episode 2
has been cancelled.
Speaking about the bundle, the director of marketing for Valve (which is developing the game), Doug Lombardi, said?
"The Black Box has been cancelled. We're going to have one package, The Orange Box, available on the PC (US$49.99, £25) as well as the 360 and PS3 (US$ 59.99, £30). 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
As console owners were never going to get the Black Box anyway, thanks to Half Life 2
and Episode 1
never having been available on console, it's no great loss to them. PC owners, however, are being forced to pay an extra $10 (£5) for a product they may already own. Valve has made a concession of sorts to possible complaints on this front. 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."
Granted, a fiver isn't going to break the bank, but what about those of us who don't have any mates to give Half-Life 2
and Episode One
is expected to ship this Autumn
, and Valve has encouragingly said recently that the game's nearly finished.
. For more on Episode 2
head over to SPOnG's dedicated game page.?Source: IGN