Valve has cancelled plans to release Half-Life 2 Black Box, essentially forcing those who want to own boxed versions of Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 to repurchase Half-Life 2 and Episode One in the larger Orange Box.
The Black Box was originally meant to comprise of new products Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2, and was intended for those who didn’t want to purchase Half-Life 2 and Episode One. Instead, the three new titles will come bundled with Half-Life 2 and Episode One in the more complete Orange Box, due for release this fall on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. The news will rankle with a number of PC gamers already in possession of the older Valve products.
The new titles will however be available via the company’s Steam platform, enabling users to download the unboxed products they desire separately from older products.
"The Black Box has been cancelled," Doug Lombardi, Valve’s director of marketing, told IGN. "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,” he added.
"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," Lombardi said.