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Half-Life 2 Targeted for Summer Release

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the coming-soonish dept.

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Gudlyf writes "According to CNN Money, Valve's director of marketing Doug Lombardi announced that the company is 'currently targeting this summer for the completion of Half-Life 2'. From the article: 'Valve does not plan to reveal any additional information until the time surrounding the E3 trade show, where the game will once again be shown this year. E3 will be held in Los Angeles May 12-14.'" The game was delayed following a previously covered code leak, and the article also notes: "Arkane Studios, an independent French developer that created the critically-acclaimed role-playing game 'Arx Fatalis,' has licensed [Half-Life 2's Source engine] for a forthcoming title [as has Troika's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines]."

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414 comments

Cold it be? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172529)

Or did I fail it? -scc

Re:Cold it be? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172540)

I have a vagina on my face.

Re:Cold it be? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172873)


> I have a vagina on my face.

Pick your favorite answer, Slashdotters!

a) However do you find glasses that fit?
b) I'll pay $1 to watch you sneeze.

This is a second post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172541)

For teh GNAA

OK (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172543)

So, does this mean that halfway to summer, it will get delayed again? And then half way to the new date, a new delay? And half way to that date....

Who knew Half-Life was the estimated time to release?

2004 Vaporware (0, Redundant)

ospirata (565063) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172604)

I agree with you.

Hal-life 2 is favorite for 2004 vaporware award

Re:2004 Vaporware (3, Insightful)

Lobster Cowboy (605052) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172767)

well, considering how bad valve's profits were last year, i don't think they can afford to delay this game much longer

Re:OK (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172611)

And the amazing thing is that after being delayed literally an infinite number of times, it would still be released! Isn't calculus interesting?

Re:OK (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172808)

Anyone know where I can get a clean ISO of Savage: Battle for newearth? The full retail, not the demo.

I've been checking suprnova and e-donkey, but it's not listed.

Thx.

Time to upgrade (0)

Pingular (670773) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172544)

I wonder how good it'll be at 64 bit support?

Re:Time to upgrade (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172587)

Shut up, sir sucks-a-lotta-cock.

Re:Time to upgrade (-1)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172654)

LOL YUO AER TEH FUNNIES!!!111oneoneoneoneoneoneoneoneoneone

Re:Time to upgrade (4, Informative)

MooCows (718367) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172646)

Here's an article on 64bit HL2 [hl2world.com]

" We have learned today from AMD and confirmed with Valve here at E3 that there will be a x86-64 port of the Half Life 2 client. This is in addition to the x86-64 port of the Counterstrike server that will be available soon. We saw the Half Life 2 demonstration and it looked amazing."

Re:Time to upgrade (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172817)


Good for Half Life 2, now when will Thief 3 [thief3.com] be released?!

MORE LIBERAL BELIEFS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172545)

The act of claiming that you are a free thinker by holding the exact same beliefs that the politically correct movement tells you to think.

The act of claiming that you are totally open to new beliefs and ideas while attempting to censor any ideas or beliefs that disagree with your own.

The act of saying to do as I say and not as I do.

The firm belief that while all animals are created equal, some are more equal then others.

The ability to be a millionare film maker living in a $1.25 million apt in NYC and fly private jets around the country to get paid $30,000 per speach in order to critisize wasteful, greedy, rich people.

The act of bodyslamming someone who is exorcising his right to freedom of speech and claiming that you are protecting freedom of speech.

The act of looking at several thousand pages of facts debunking your beliefs and state that you can't find any facts.

The belief that no one can define what is good or evil, right or wrong, moral or immoral.....except Barbara Streisand

The act of comparing everyone but those who deserve it to Hitler

Revolution Will NOT Be Televised: +1, Patriotic (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172638)

Your adjective is wrong. More Liberal Beliefs should
read "More BUSHCO Crap":

For more information please watch The Thief-In-Chief At Work [bushflash.com]

Regards,
Kilgore Trout

pure propagnda in that "informative" clip (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172792)

lets see here...

talk to the founding fathers as they have also made many statements about how america is a christian nation (not that i agree but...)

hitler = bush propaganda...well that's absolute shit...can't you see that you're driving away members of your own party to independent parties by pushing this crap?

abolish the endowment for the arts? shit bush just gave em more money (tax dollars could be spent soo much more effectively what a waste)...so wrong yet again there...

abolish the dollar? wow where did that come from?
abolish the irs (not that that would be a bad thing...) i take it it's tinfoil hat time for you eh?

oppose all forms of abortion? now some people in the repub party do hold that belief but it doesn't speak for the majority more incorrect propaganda, can you people not get facts straight?
i guess not since it would fall under the "The act of looking at several thousand pages of facts debunking your beliefs and state that you can't find any facts."

i'm sure turning the other cheek only applies to america tho right?

http://switch3.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?format=wm &s =C9CE3CEBD341410FACBEFAABD8F66 FE0&ci=22958&ak=null&ClipMediaID=28655

the end results of the Jerusalem Bus Bomber Kills 10, Wounds 50

and remember the palestinians who blow themselves up are the good guys who should be applauded...or so some would have you believe...

What's the Counter Strike on OS X scoop? (1, Troll)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172546)

No details? I have a friend who upgraded from a windows machine to a G5 and the only thing he really misses is Counter Strike.

What's the scoop for OS X? Anyone?

Re:What's the Counter Strike on OS X scoop? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172652)

Silly troll, there is no such thing as upgrading from crap to diahrea

Re:What's the Counter Strike on OS X scoop? (4, Funny)

Awptimus Prime (695459) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172703)

I have a friend who upgraded from a windows machine to a G5 and the only thing he really misses is Counter Strike. ...and two mouse buttons!

Re:What's the Counter Strike on OS X scoop? (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172874)

I guess I'll bite. There's no reason you can't plug a Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer into a Mac...it's still USB. And you'll have seven buttons. Enjoy.

blah... (-1, Redundant)

oscast (653817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172553)

Call me when you have a version for OS X.

Re:blah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172732)

Getting tired of breakout?

Until then, there's always... (4, Informative)

tcopeland (32225) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172554)

...DOOM [idsoftware.com] .

With updated source code [sourceforge.net] available, plenty of improvements [newdoom.com] , and lots of ways to create your own maps [rubyforge.org] , there's plenty to do before HL2 comes out!

Re:Until then, there's always... (1)

petabyte (238821) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172697)

Doom has sort of left me bitter. The computer I am currently typing this on I built the Christmas before last so I'd have a system to play Doom 3 on. Yet it is still not here. Ah well (/sour grapes)

Re:Until then, there's always... (3, Insightful)

thelasttemptation (703311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172730)

Well to be honest, that's your own fault. ID never announced a release date so you should have waited as it wasn't them who lead you astray...

Re:Until then, there's always... (4, Informative)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172870)


I'm going bananas waiting for Thief 3 :(

At least ThiefMissions.com [thiefmissions.com] has new missions to play for Thief, Thief Gold and Thief 2.

Mod me to oblivion but I must have Thief 3!!

You got that right! (3, Funny)

twoslice (457793) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172906)

there's plenty to do before HL2 comes out!

There is plenty of clean up from MyDoom still to do. Or did you mean the game....

Linux version? (4, Interesting)

Chuck Bucket (142633) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172556)

will there be a Linux version finally? (perhaps that could be some of the mystery?)

I would buy it, if it was out for Linux.

CB

Re:Linux version? (4, Informative)

MooCows (718367) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172581)

Nope, Half-Life 2 is pure DirectX only (versions 6 to 9, quite impressive compatibility really).

So unless you'd want to fight through it with WineX, you'll not be able to run it on Linux.

HL2 is by the way the main reason I still have a windows box running here ;)

Re:Linux version? (1)

Chuck Bucket (142633) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172644)

I expected as much since we never saw the release of Half-Life. I've retired my Windows boxes, and I'm done with dual-booting. I still have RTCW running great, and can play my buddy, who is running it on OS X. I'll stick with that, unless I have to run HL2, and then I'll try WineX, but it's not the solution I'd like.

CB

Re:Linux version? (0)

thelasttemptation (703311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172784)

Winex is a good solution to run many games, and you can bet that they will work as hard as they can to get hl2 working right away :)

Re:Linux version? (1)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172900)


Half-Life 2 is pure DirectX only (versions 6 to 9, quite impressive compatibility really).

That's interesting, wasn't the original Half Life based on the Quake engine? That supported OpenGL. I guess Valve dropped all OpenGL code.. :(

Re:Linux version? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172594)

The last I read was that it made full use of DirectX 9 for everything. If this is true, then it's unlikely that it will ever be released for anything other than Windows / XBox. A shame really, I'd have bought an OS X version...

Re:Linux version? (1)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172860)

A shame really, I'd have bought an OS X version...

Well, personally I never cared for Half-Life so I'm not looking forward to Half-Life 2. My poison was Counter-strike. I wish they'd port that to something a little more open than Valve's crappy platform. How about make Counter-strike a Quake 3 mod so the rest of us can play it?

Re:Linux version for HL1 (1)

Svartormr (692822) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172677)

I'd buy a Linux version too.

But will they now release a Linux version for the original Half-Life when they have a new cash cow???

Re:Linux version? (2, Troll)

fsmunoz (267297) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172904)

No, HL2 is windows-only.

Once upon a time I actually played a lot of HL mods (to be honest HL itself i ok, but the true reason it was so popular was the mods - CS in particular). Configured wine, tweaked the settings, the whole monty. I also - like many GNU/Linux admins - administered servers, and public servers at that. The number of Linux servers was actually a reason why HL had so many players.

After this it became clear that Valve really didn't give a damn about rewarding the Linux community with a client version. Much to the opposite, HL2 was being tought from the ground up to be Windows-only.

To make it short I sold my HL CD's, shut the servers down and replaced them with Q3 and UT. Many Linux admins were doing the same, since it really looked like Valve was spitting in the face of the people that helped them. I have never touched HL since then (nor any of the mods).

So, basically, I believe in supporting companies that support me (and the Linux community) for their effort. With so many good games of the genre available for Linux it isn't even difficult.

HL2? No thanks.

2004 Vaporware award (1)

ospirata (565063) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172559)

I guess we already have a winner for 2004 vaporware award.
Half life 2 won't be out before Duke Nukem

Re:2004 Vaporware award (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172577)

Personally, I'm holding out for the Half Life 2/Duke Nukem Forever bundle pack.

Arx Fatalis (1, Funny)

Flabby Boohoo (606425) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172575)

Critically aclaimed or not, that game sucked.

haha (-1, Troll)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172576)

I'm already playing it joo n00bs. |11 be 4337 b4 joo a11!!!

*runs off with stolen code*

I thought it had already been released (5, Funny)

Bingo Foo (179380) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172579)

But wasn't it released already [slashdot.org] ?

Word. (2, Interesting)

Tirel (692085) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172582)

Didnt Valve announce that they were going to release HL2 in february instead of december because of the source code leak? So what happened to change the release date to 'somewhere in the summer'?

Or was the leak just a nice excuse for the clueless managers who wanted
game shipped around the Christmas shopping spree?

hmmm (0)

pablo_max (626328) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172584)

I wonder which year?

What is a... (3, Funny)

chill (34294) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172595)

source engine engine? Did they actually license a programmer?

-Charles

Re:What is a... (0)

thelasttemptation (703311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172824)

No, I think they hired a few programmers...

Not What my calculations say... (4, Funny)

Slack0ff (590042) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172598)

valvetime("Summer 2004") = "Winter 2005"

I'm pissed off. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172672)

I built a new machine this summer in Anticipation of the Fall release of HL2 that was being touted everywhere. I bought a $500 video card and put together a $2,500 gaming rig JUST FOR HL2.

Then they delayed it until xmas. Then they delayed it until the first quarter/April-ish of 2004. Now they're delaying it until Summer. My machine will barely be able to play the final product at this rate, I'm sure. And even if it can play it, I won't be able to get the full high-end enjoyment out of it that I had planned by building what was (at the time I thought HL2 was actually on the way) a top-notch kick ass machine.

You're using the wrong input (1)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172775)

Clearly you need to use their last release date estimate ("April 2004") to arrive at Summer 2004.

It's upgrade time again (0)

Svartormr (692822) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172600)

Damn! Better start saving those nickels and dimes!

This game is going to suck. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172603)

Remember how many cheats were written and used for Half Life, Counter-Strike, etc -- and that source was closed?

Just imagine how much more the Half Life 2 and the Counter-Strike port of it will suck *this time* now that the source code had been leaked. This thing is going to be miserable to play online. :(

Re:This game is going to suck. (2, Informative)

PatrickThomson (712694) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172749)

The whole reason it's been delayed from Christmas was to change the game enough that compatible cheats couldn't be written with the leaked source code.

Re:This game is going to suck. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172844)

You're gullible.

Re:This game is going to suck. (0)

thelasttemptation (703311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172854)

except they are going to rewrite most of that code, remember? The source that's out won't be close to what will be there...

Did they fix anything beyond DRM? (1)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172607)

Did they fix anything beyond the DRM pieces that leaked with the game? The game was seriously incomplete, so have they taken advantage of their time to do things right this time, or have they just fscked with DRM?

Re:Did they fix anything beyond DRM? (3, Flamebait)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172668)

"The game was seriously incomplete"

No, the stollen code was seriously incomplete. What was hijacked from Valve has no real bearing on what the state of the game is, was, or shall be.

Re:Did they fix anything beyond DRM? (1)

MooCows (718367) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172751)

There's two sides to that one.

Many of the bsp's in the E3 timeframe were version 18, the leaked version's BSP engine was compatible for version 19.
(in other words: some of the maps were probably indeed that unfinished)

But: Many models from the leaked version looked very complete already, and suggesting a lot more content later in the game has already been worked on.

Re:Did they fix anything beyond DRM? (1, Offtopic)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172804)

Of course, you dont work on a game or any large project front to back. Later parts of the game would be finished before early parts. Whats more, its not like any large set of source code is sitting in one place on a server. What was stolen is no doubt a chunk of checked out code from a source code repository. In otherwords, it was whatever that programmer needed, to work on what ever he/she was working on and not the full project. Other then when you do an alpha/beta/release build you dont often see the full source tree for a project.

Re:Did they fix anything beyond DRM? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172787)

well, code leak can't be the reason for these delays anyways. they must have knew they weren't going to be able to ship it for last december even when they were saying they'd ship it in september or so, had the hype engine rolling and all.

blaming the delay then on the source leak was just retarded, if not outright lying.

'summer' release at this point is as good as 'sometime, maybe' them having missed the day so many times already that I got zero confidence on them shipping in summer.

half-life forever, bleh!

OK so thats... (2, Insightful)

j0keralpha (713423) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172615)

... what, two more GPU revisions? This wont tax anything by the time it comes out!

Woohoo! (5, Insightful)

barenaked (711701) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172618)

Half-Life has had one of the longest lives (in terms of popularity) of any video game. I have gone back and played it (the single play) many times, and still do, and the game is from 1998. It is a timeless classic, and its modability has kept its multiplayer alive with CS and Firearms. Most people who actually know something about gaming would say this is the best game ever made.

Re:Woohoo! (3, Insightful)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172728)

Nah ... The best game ever made is David Brabens "Elite", anyone who knows anything about gaming knows that.

Re:Woohoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172916)

Very true, expecially considering the computer platform it was made on, it's a truly amazing game. I'm still irritated to this day about some of the limitations in other games cause of this to, because elite got so much right straight off.

Quickshot

Re:Woohoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172866)

Except for Mega Man 2. You heathen.

Re:Woohoo! (0)

thelasttemptation (703311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172879)

best or most played? Cause there is a big difference in my book....

Re:Woohoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172918)

Most people who actually know something about gaming would say this is the best game ever made.

No, they'd say that about Max Payne.

I STOLED TEH SORCE CODES!!~!` (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172621)

and i'm plaeing it now!!~!~1 im in ur base killing ur doods on teh spoke!!!!!!!

OH YUO C4mP!nG FAGgORT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172752)


i sm0kED yuR AsSS pHunK !!
LOL n0 h8 K THX BI

PH33R MEH CROWBAR!!!~1`1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172880)

Halflife 2 Trailer (5, Informative)

Unreal7000 (728903) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172624)

For those who haven't seen the video, check it out here: http://www.gametrailers.com/gt_vault/t_halflife2_v ol1.wmv

Re:Halflife 2 Trailer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172869)

Learn how to use a damn hyperlink [gametrailers.com] .

I should... (0)

thelasttemptation (703311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172627)

I should bitchslap valve around a bit (just like the fuckin slashdot mods bitchslap assholes like me...) till they get off their asses and release a game... /me coughts TF2...
Fuckin A, I bet it's gonna be christmas 2004 when e3 comes around...

3 times bitten twice shy? (1)

enrico_suave (179651) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172633)

I of course can't wait for our new Half-Life 2 overlords, but in my mind I won't believe it untill i see it on a brick and morter shelf or available to buy in my steam gui --- yeah right, selling half life 2 over steam "content delivery system" will make the myDoom SCO DOS attack look like a tea party.

I've been dissaponted too many times to believe any date they put out...

As a side note: I saw one of those guide book/strategy guides at Best Buy for Counter-Strike Condition Zero and had to giggle out loud.

*shrug*

e.

E3 (2, Interesting)

nick_davison (217681) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172642)

If E3 this year is anything like last year's, remember the fact that Vampire uses the same engine.

The queue for Halflife was crazy, stretching around the booth and back again. Vampire on the other hand had hardly anyone interested in it. Knowing it was the same engine, I got about an hour with the guys, going wherever I wanted in the game, getting every last question I could think of answered - while the people who queued for twice as long for the H2 demo got a fraction of that.

I'm saved! (5, Funny)

Jad LaFields (607990) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172657)

Thank god this was pushed back from it's previous release dates... now I might actually pass this semester.

Can somebody please tell me the *3D game* engine? (1)

Thaidog (235587) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172666)

I heard that it was the DOOM3 engine... what the heck is a source eninge anyway?

Re:Can somebody please tell me the *3D game* engin (2, Informative)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172699)

"I heard that it was the DOOM3 engine... what the heck is a source eninge anyway?"

It is the Half Life Two engine. It was made to run Half Life Two. It was devloped by Valve, the people makeing Half Life Two.

Real reason for delay? (4, Insightful)

kneecarrot (646291) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172679)

I would have more respect for Valve if they just came right out and said "listen, we are running behind. The game won't be out for a few more months." Instead they try to blame it on the source code leak. Sorry, I don't buy it.

Re:Real reason for delay? (1)

FreshFunk510 (526493) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172798)

The world is full of skeptics and naysayers. :\

Re:Real reason for delay? (5, Funny)

minusthink (218231) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172909)

"The world is full of skeptics and naysayers. :\"

I don't believe that for a second.

license the engine source ?!? (2, Funny)

lawngnome (573912) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172686)

what they couldnt find it on an irc bot ?
:-P

the waiting game (5, Funny)

ysagal (746467) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172717)

Don't they realize how difficult it is to get two weeks off from work starting on an unspecified date sometime in the "summer"?

Critically Acclaimed? (1)

Apreche (239272) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172721)

Who acclaimed Arx Fatalis? I never even heard of the game, it came free with my video card, I played it for 10 minutes and it was total crap. Half-Life 2 will probably be some game we play through one time and never pick up again.

The real deal is Team Fortress 2 the multiplayer half-life 2 mod. That's going to be the game of the year, except for Natural Selection of course.

Late again .. whats the excuse this time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172734)

We've had the excuse it's not ready
then the excuse code has been stolen

what next ?

I pity the ATI owners who expected to get a copy of it when they purchased their graphics cards. No doubt HL2 will be released with the next ATI card too.

Vapourware ? or are they just waiting for the release of Unreal Tournament 2004 to go away ? (the UT2004 demo is due within 2 weeks)

Doubtful? (1)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172744)

After seeing how they handle Steam*, I can see one of two conclusions:

1. They're so busy on HL2 that they can't invest the manpower and energy into keeping existing stuff running well and smoothly. Hence, the Steam problems.

2. They are soaking up the publicity, continual cash-flow and living too easy. They will delay HL2 until it's no longer worth putting out in its current form. See TFC2.

* Steam is their content-distribution system that forces updates to those who wish to use multiplayer functionality (unless you use the older versions).

Re:Doubtful? (1)

MooCows (718367) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172864)

I disagree.

1. They're so busy on HL2 that they can't invest the manpower and energy into keeping existing stuff running well and smoothly. Hence, the Steam problems.

I don't the Steam problems are cause by lack of manpower as much as horrible management.
You just do not slightly improve on a beta version each time, then code a large set of new features and release it without proper testing.
That is what happened with the Steam release, a total failure.

Although currently Steam is more or less back into 'beta' stage .. improving with every update.

2. They are soaking up the publicity, continual cash-flow and living too easy. They will delay HL2 until it's no longer worth putting out in its current form. See TFC2.

As it looks currently, HL2 is very much close to being finished.
We've seen loads of footage, a promising leaked version (code seemed to be near perfect), and technically they're still way ahead of any game in development that I know of.

So yeah, as far as I'm concerned it's not comparable to TF2. (which had something like 10 bland screenshots and a tiny press release)

Of course, that doesn't guarantee HL2 is coming out this year. ;)

And this spring.. (1)

Fr05t (69968) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172773)

I am going to have a webcast of cloned purple monkeys flying out of my butt in flying cars stocked with a cure for cancer and proof that SCO owns Linus' brain.

Re:And this spring.. (1)

Fr05t (69968) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172807)

Oh did I forget to mention I won't believe this until I buy a copy and install it from a CD?

delayed again (1)

TurnerK12 (748592) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172776)

This is unfortunate news. How many times has it been delayed now? Seems it was originally going to be released in September 2003, then sometime in Spring 2004, and now Summer 2004. At this rate Duke Nukem: Forever will be out before Half-Life 2. Oh, well...
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Re:delayed again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172915)

At this rate Duke Nukem: Forever will be out before Half-Life 2. Oh, well...

Duke Nukem: Forever has been out for awhile now. I downloaded a copy off of Kazaa. Only lamers wait for it to come out in the store.

Subtitles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172779)

"Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines" Can't anyone think of a decent title anymore?

Irony (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172782)

Some ludicrous conspiracy theorists will likely begin regurgitating the ridiculous story that the source code leak was intentional, so Valve would have an 'excuse' to delay the game.

The only thing ludicrous is this guy's objective reporting.

Just state the facts. Such wording is quite unnecessary.

But it is allready summer... (2, Funny)

Psyrg (730923) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172797)

Well, it is down here anyway.

Why does everyone assume we all live in the northen hemisphere?

In other news ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172803)

... Valve considers renaming the "Halflife" franchise to "Duke Nukem Forever".

Doesn't plan to reveal any additional information? (1)

addie (470476) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172809)

Valve does not plan to reveal any additional information until the time surrounding the E3 trade show

Well sure... but they didn't "plan" to reveal the beta source code either. But I wish them luck! (seriously)

Well...yeah... (2, Informative)

Epyn (589398) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172832)

Yeah, I was really impressed with the videos from the previous e3, and even though its been more than a long time they really don't need to rush it. Especially since the single player story mode will be the meat of it. If it was another deathmatch fps I'd expect them to push it out and patch it and such, but when it gets released, I want to play it straight through, completed. So, I think it's unfair to expect them to be expected to get it done ahead of when they think it should be done. I also have to tell myself it will be worth it, theyre doing some really impressive work, or so it would seem.

Release Timescale (1)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172852)

Prediction showing the irony of the Half-Life 2 project cycle.

This [triumf.ca] graph shows the number of lines of code left in development for half-life 2 and gives you an indication of how long it will until it is actually release...

Delay reasons... (3, Interesting)

Pyrosz (469177) | more than 10 years ago | (#8172857)

The "simple" theft of the source code is not the reason to the extended delay, its simply that they where just not finished and have required this much more time to get it to a release state. Securing the network code or even outright changing it would only require a couple months at most to fix to prevent cheaters; so that option is not valid either. I think they screwed up on stating the release date and this was an excuse that would satisfy reporters.

Looks like.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172877)

Looks like Run4YourLives is a monkey's bottom.

Play the beta! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8172890)

The beta has been out for a while... download it at suprnova [suprnova.org] (BitTorrent).
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