Since this article was originally published earlier today, the press release from Electronic Arts UK has been updated to state that the release will actually happen some time in "Autumn", rather than the original "Winter" timeframe outlined in the original press release.
Valve and Electronic Arts have announced that Half-Life 2: Episode Two, along with Team Fortress 2 and Portal, will ship together this Autumn.
The game will launch in two boxes: the black box will ship for the PC only, while the orange box will ship for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Both boxes will have Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2, but the orange box will also include Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One.
In November, we learned that Episode Two had already been pushed back
from its original Q1 2007 release date to "summer 2007", but the latest news suggests that Episode Two won't launch until even later in the year.
Either that, or Valve and EA has cleverly worded the statement made by the two companies. Here's a clip from the original statement:
"Electronic Arts, the world’s leading interactive entertainment company, and Valve, the award-winning studio behind the blockbuster franchises Half-Life and Counter-Strike, today announced the naming and product configurations The Black Box and The Orange Box, two of the most anticipated action game offerings shipping worldwide this Winter 2007."
The press release issued by Electronic Arts UK was updated this evening to reflect what appears to be a mis-understanding on EA / Valve's part, with the release now slated for Autumn 2007.
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