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Thread: HL2 GOLD!! (For Real) Shelf Date nov. 16

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    http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/34091
    and
    http://www.avault.com/news/
    and
    http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/half-life-2/557970p1.html


    Press Release:

    "LOS ANGELES (October 18, 2004) — Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced that Half-Life® 2, the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed PC titles in gaming history, will ship to retail outlets around the world in November. The Company confirmed that Half-Life 2, developed by Valve Software, has gone gold with a planned retail street date of November 16, 2004. The countdown to the highly anticipated retail street date has begun around the world, as VU Games completes plans to ship localized versions of Half-Life 2 simultaneously in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese.

    "Half-Life 2 has surpassed our expectations in every sense — its high-quality graphics, ground-breaking physics and immersive first-person shooter gameplay set a new standard for PC action games," said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games. "Half-Life 2 will go down as one of the best-selling PC titles, and we are thrilled to deliver this ground-breaking title to the worldwide gaming community this fall."

    Hailed as "...the best game ever made" by PC Gamer, Half-Life 2 earned a top-rated review score of 98, the highest score bestowed by the magazine in more than six years. The game has received numerous accolades for its technical excellence, captivating story and addictive game play, including more than 10 awards and nominations at the 2004 Electronic Entertainment Expo. In addition to being named "Best PC Game" by 1up.com (Ziff Davis) and Gamespy.com, the title also received a "Techn"ological Excellence on PC" award from IGN.com. CNNMoney.com stated that "Half-Life 2 will redefine what gamers expect from their games visually — and the gameplay is a lot of fun as well."

    The global anticipation for Half-Life 2 has reached unprecedented heights, as consumers around the world mark their calendars to buy the game at retail on November 16th. The Half-Life 2 product will include Counter-Strike: Source. VU Games will also release a Half Life 2 Collector's Edition that will include Half-Life 2 in DVD-ROM format, Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life: Source, a free limited edition t-shirt, and a Half-Life 2 Prima strategy guide book.

    The original Half-Life game was launched in 1998 under VU Games' Sierra Entertainment publishing label. It earned more than 50 game-of-the-year awards and has been heralded as one of the best PC first-person shooter games of all-time.

    About Half-Life® and Half-Life® 2

    In 1998, Half-Life revolutionized the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title was named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer and launched a franchise with more than eight million retails units sold worldwide. In 2004, Half-Life 2 will take the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original to new heights of realism and responsiveness. Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environments to the behaviors — even the emotions — of both friends and enemies. The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist, Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted and its population dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people — people he cares about — are counting on him. The intense, real-time gameplay of Half-Life 2 is made possible only by Source, Valve's new proprietary engine technology. Source provides major enhancements in the advanced facial animation system, physics, graphics and AI. Half-Life 2 will be available for the PC.

    About Vivendi Universal Games

    Headquartered in Los Angeles, VU Games is a leading global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, Sierra Entertainment, Fox Interactive and Massive Entertainment. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features multi-million unit selling properties such as Warcraft®, StarCraft®, Diablo® and World of Warcraft® from Blizzard Entertainment®; Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon™, Empire Earth®, Leisure Suit Larry™, Tribes® and Ground Control®."


    this is from shacknews, according to them, the official shelf date is Nov 16

    wow, im still shocked as hell, this is pretty great news
    Last edited by Timz; 10-18-2004 at 07:38 PM.
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    OMG!! Two of the best games in the beginning of November!

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    weeeeeeeeee~~~! Gonna buy it for original! I mean no pirates or download one!!

    Btw, at gamespot they published the news but still didnt change the release date

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    Quote Originally Posted by maskawaih
    weeeeeeeeee~~~! Gonna buy it for original! I mean no pirates or download one!!

    Btw, at gamespot they published the news but still didnt change the release date
    same for me
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    thats what thoes basturds want you to think!!

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    they can't miss christmas...otherwise lots and lots of profit will be lost.
    November is the right time to release half life 2

    heck...a lot more games will be released in november/december as well, wat company would wanna miss that kind of an opportunity?


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    Quote Originally Posted by gildan2020
    they can't miss christmas...otherwise lots and lots of profit will be lost.
    November is the right time to release half life 2

    heck...a lot more games will be released in november/december as well, wat company would wanna miss that kind of an opportunity?


    gildan2020
    so very true, it's once a year oppurtuniity. but this is sweet, halo2 and half life2, my god, i got a lot of gaming ahead of me

    SP3 woulda been sweet around dec. (or was it originally nov.?). but those bastards pushed it back to 2005 . oh well, 2 great games in one month

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    So...

    WAHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    I can't wait for November 9...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardcoreGamer
    I can't wait for November 9...
    i fully paid for mine (collectors edition - tin box), it was sweet.... i traded in 3 games (that i got for b-day and what not) and all i paid was 11 bucks, 11 freakin bucks.

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