A Few New Half Life 2 things

Discussion in 'PC Gaming' started by mike09, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. mike09

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    according to here at IGN half-life might be released in 3 versions and if you d/l it from steam you might pay on price to play or a monthly thing. all are still rumors of course. :)
     
  2. dubstar

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    doesnt that come out today, or tomorrow?
     
  3. TheBlueRaja

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    Nope, it dosent come out Till november (prove me wrong people).

    There are going to be 3 versions available. This is the quote from Gabe Newell, some guy at valve....

    Gabe Newell: Here's my current thinking: Some people want to buy Half-Life 2 in a store. Right now we have three SKUs planned at three price points. One will have single-player only and not play MODs and we think of that as the mass market SKU (sold mainly at the Costcos and Walmarts of the world). The second is our traditional single-player plus multiplayer SKU that runs MODs and is sold at places like EBX. The third is the collector's edition SKU with lots of cool bonus stuff for people who like cool bonus stuff.

    In the Steam world, some people will want to buy it once, like the middle SKU above. Other people will want to buy the game on subscription (e.g. $9.95/month). The good news for the "buy it once" crowd is, well, they only have to pay once. The bad news is that when we come out with new content (expansion products, TF 2, and presumably other games) then they have to pay separately for those. We're pretty sure that the $9.95 guys are going to get the better value, as we've been pretty good over the years at generating a lot of content.

    Now nobody has done this before, so we're scratching our heads and massaging the plans to make sure we've got the best set of options. We've had some feedback that we should sell the top SKU (single-player only no MODs) on Steam, and my reaction has been "yeah, right, for the three people in the world who have a broadband connection, are sophisticated enough to purchase software over the Internet, but DON'T want to play MODs and multiplayer". Some people have said "I want a subscription, but I think the box and the manual are cool, so what about sending me those" and I think that's pretty interesting and we're trying to figure out what to do for them (needless to say Sierra isn't exactly jumping for joy at the idea of selling us boxes so people don't buy Half-Life 2 in stores).

    But nowhere has there been a suggestion that people pay in the store and then pay a monthly fee on top of that a la the MMORPG.
     
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    that sounds "unbagelable, mmm bagel" - homer simpson (he's never said this, but i think it'd be funny)

    seriously though, that sounds kinda weird, but cool.. i hate subscription fees (never gave much attention to those types), i always looked for the 'free online play sticker', but this sounds like your paying for the expansion pack, and then to play it online... so that sucks. i dont really know what to think. (im sure you've figured that out by reading this)
     
  5. chris

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    nothing is official yet.. so for now its still speculation. we'll just have to wait and see
     
  6. Electronic Punk

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    i am gonna try and interview gabe over the next couple of days.
    providing I can think up some non-daft questions ;)
     
  7. my mate tells me that its been delayed again, till october??
     
  8. Electronic Punk

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    no one honestly knows :(

    (mailed gabe about 20 questions, that I hope haven't been asked before, I hope I get a reply)
     
  9. Sazar

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    EP... tell him you have this spanking new video card you want to put through its paces and are fed up playing solitaire on it with :D
     
  10. Electronic Punk

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    i have moved on to spider solitaire.
     
  11. Sazar

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    :eek:

    next thing you know... ep will be playing *gasp* MINESWEEPER...

    omg...

    /me runs and hides...
     
  12. chris

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    all of the suppliers the shop where i work say 'november' :(

    no one knows whats going on with it and when it will be out
     
  13. Polypeptide

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    Doug Lombardi has been quoted as saying it will hit its september 30th release date. So offically, as of now, it's gonna be out september 30th. :cool:
     
  14. chris

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    quoted where?
     
  15. Polypeptide

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    Here

    And here in more detail

    DOUG LOMBARDI'S RESPONSE:

     
  16. chris

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    I'll still believe it when i have a copy in my hand on the 28th :)
     
  17. Electronic Punk

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    why the 28th dammit ?
     
  18. chris

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    joys of working in a games shop :D

    deliveries 2-3 days before street dates :)
     
  19. Ketchupisyourfriend

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    Minesweeper kicks ass!
     
  20. luish

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    I am really waiting for the release date...