Valve cans 'Black Box' Episode Two bundle

— 2:11 PM on May 21, 2007

Amidst all the excitement provoked by the unveiling of StarCraft II this weekend came a piece of somewhat less enthusing news. As Shacknews reports, Valve has decided to cancel one of the Half-Life 2: Episode Two bundles, the "Black Box." This "Black Box" was to include Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal, and to carry a $39.99 price tag. In other words, that would have been the bundle to buy for PC gamers who already owned copies of Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One

Instead, those folks will now have to cough up $49.99 for the "Orange Box", which includes Episode Two, TF2, and Portal plus the original Half-Life 2 and Episode One. Nothing has changed for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners, whose only choice was to pay $59.99 for the console version of the Orange Box all along. Valve's Doug Lombardi says the PC version of the Orange Box will have separate product codes for Half-Life 2, Episode One and Episode Two, however, so gamers who already own the first two titles will be able to give away (or perhaps sell) their codes.

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