Politely telling naysayers who expected the games to miss their 2007 launch to eat crowbar, Valve has confirmed to Chris Remo of Shacknews
that its upcoming Source
trio will ship for all intended platforms on October 9th. The suite is comprised of warped puzzler Portal
, stylized multiplayer shooter Team Fortress 2,
and continued scientist savior sim Half-Life 2: Episode Two
. The collection will be sold through Valve's online Steam
service as well as in a retail package.
The EA-distributed Half-Life 2: The Orange Box
, which also contains Half-Life 2
and Half-Life 2: Episode One
, will be available on PS3 and Xbox 360 for $59.99, with the PC version priced at $49.99. There once existed a Black Box
(containing the three new titles only)
for those PC gamers unwilling to take the digital distribution route, but it was promptly buried in the hope of fostering a strange sort of philanthropy
amongst gamers. Still, in featuring five games -- two of them proven classics -- there's little question that the Orange Box
offers great value, especially if you're a newcomer to Valve's first-person shooters.