According to comments made by Valve Software's Doug Lombardi, the eagerly awaited (and delayed
) Aftermath expansion pack will be the first in a series of episodes extending the original Half-Life 2 storyline.
Lombardi revealed that the Aftermath expansion pack has been renamed Half-Life 2: Episode One, indicating that the franchise is moving towards episodic content. We are expecting Half-Life 2: Episode One to be released in April
, but nothing is confirmed until we see the game on the shelves.
While Valve has given no details on how the Half-Life 2 franchise will become episodic, the company's marketing director went on to say that
the content is likely to become more frequent. As a consequence, there will be less content in each release
Whether that is good or bad is a matter of personal preference. The high quality of Valve's games is something that will be welcomed on a more frequent basis. Based on the rumours that each of the SiN 2 episodes will have around 6 hours
of gameplay, we can expect the same from the Half-Life 2 episodes.
We also expect new content to turn appear every 9-12 months - far more frequently than the time between Half-Life and Half-Life 2. We're expecting the episodes
to cost around £10-15 each and they will be distributed via Steam. It's not clear whether Half-Life 2: Episode One will make an appearance in retail stores as we reported earlier, due to the fact that the SiN 2 episodes will only be available via Steam.
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