Electronic Arts e Valve Software hanno reso noti, mediante il comunicato stampa allegato di seguito, i nomi e la composizione di due nuove offerte videoludiche incentrate sul game Half-Life 2, ma non solo, e indirizzate all'utenza PC, Playstation 3 e XBox 360.
Si tratta dei pacchetti annunciati con le denominazioni di The Black Box e The Orange Box. The Black Box includerà l'atteso seguito di Half-Life 2: Episode One, ovvero Half-Life 2: Episode Two, ed inoltre i titoli Portal (un action game in single-player, ndr) e Team Fortress 2 (un action game in multiplayer-player, ndr) e sarà disponibile in version per PC, PS3 e XBox 360.
The Orange Box ricalcherà nei contenuti e nel supporto multi-piattaforma l'offerta The Black Box: da questa si differenzierà essenzalmente per la dotazione aggiuntiva di Half-Life 2 e Half-Life 2: Episode One.
Bisognerà attendere il prossimo inverno per l'arrivo nei negozi di entrambi i pacchetti.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2007--Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS), the world's leading interactive
entertainment company, and Valve(R), the award-winning studio behind the blockbuster franchises Half-Life(R) and
Counter-Strike(R), today announced the naming and product configurations The Black Box and The Orange Box, two of the most
anticipated action game offerings shipping worldwide in Fall 2007.
The Black Box will ship for the PC, and includes Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2. The Orange Box will
ship for the PC, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, and Xbox 360(TM) videogame and entertainment system, and
includes all the content of The Black Box, plus the original Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One.
Innovative games included in The Black Box and The Orange Box include:
-- Half-Life 2: Episode Two -- the second installment in Valve's
episodic trilogy advances the award-winning story, leading the
player to new locations outside of City 17.
-- Portal -- a pioneering type of single player action game that
rewrites the rules for how players approach and manipulate
their environment - much like how Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun
reinvented the way gamers interact with objects in the game.
-- Team Fortress 2 -- an all-new version of the legendary title
that spawned team based multiplayer action games. The game's
daring new art style features the most advanced graphics of
any Source-based game released to date.
"In less than 18 months, we've shipped 10 new products to retail outlets with EA Partners," said Gabe Newell, co-founder of
Valve. "The Black Box and The Orange Box represent a new approach to publishing multiple products, on multiple platforms and
we know through our experience that no organization in the industry is better equipped to successfully launch new product
types on multiple platforms than EA Partners."
"Valve is one of the world's premiere independent developers and EA Partners is thrilled to help them bring the
groundbreaking action games in The Orange Box and The Black Box to market as their publishing partner," said David DeMartini,
vice president and general manager of EA Partners.
The Black Box and The Orange Box are targeted for release in Fall 2007. For more information, please visit www.steamgames.com.
Source: Electronic Arts & Valve Press Release