Just a couple of days late with this one…
Redwood City, Calif. and Bellevue, WA â€“ July 18, 2005 â€“ Electronic Arts, the worldâ€™s leading interactive entertainment company and ValveÂ®, the award-winning studio behind the blockbuster franchises Half-LifeÂ® and Counter-Strikeâ„¢, today announced that the two companies have entered a multi-year agreement to deliver a collection of Valve games to players worldwide. The first two games to be released under this agreement are Half-Life 2: Game of the Year and Counter-Strike: Sourceâ„¢ for PC, both launching this fall. In addition, Half-Life 2 for the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft, currently in development at Valve and targeted for release in October, will be published and distributed worldwide by EA.
â€œAt EA Partners, our mandate is to seek out the worldâ€™s top studios and game franchises, build partnerships, empower the development teams and help get these great games to more people in more countries than ever before. We consider Half-Life and Counter-Strike to be two of the best game franchises of all time,â€ said Tom Frisina, Vice President and General Manager, EA Partners. â€œWe could not be more excited to have the opportunity to help deliver these outstanding games to players around the globe.â€
â€œEA is the worldwide leader in bringing best of breed games, for all platforms, to market,â€ said Gabe Newell, Valveâ€™s founder and president. â€œValve games have sold over 18 million units at retail since Half-Life shipped in November 1998. By combining EAâ€™s unparalleled operation structure and distribution channel with Valveâ€™s award-winning development teams and games community, weâ€™ve established an awesome combination for delivering great products to console and PC gamers around the world.â€
Half-Life 2: Game of the Year is a special edition release of the best-selling and critically acclaimed title that includes Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source, plus Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, and Half-Life: Source.
Counter-Strike: Source takes the worldâ€™s number one online action game to new heights atop the Source engine with brilliant graphics, enhanced versions of the classic CS maps, all-new CS maps, offline skirmish play with AI bots, and more. It also includes Half-Life 2: Deathmatch and Day of Defeatâ„¢: Source.
Half Life 2 for the Xbox system defines a new benchmark in console gaming with startling realism and responsiveness. Powered by Source technology, Half-Life 2 for Xbox features the most sophisticated in-game characters ever witnessed, advanced AI, stunning graphics and physical gameplay.
For more information about EA please visit http://www.ea.com and for information about Valve, please visit: http://www.valvesoftware.com