Half Life 2 Update - Delayed

October 7 2003

All of this Half Life 2 news about the source code theft has finally caused a statement about its release date. You can read this press release on Yahoo. A quote from that release:

The theft of part of its source code has delayed until April 2004 the launch of "Half Life II", the hotly anticipated alien-hunting game of Vivendi Universal Games, a company official said. "A third of the source code was stolen. It's serious because it forces us to delay the launch of the game by at least four months, that is to April 2004. Just the time to rewrite parts of the game," VU Games president of international operations Christophe Ramboz told daily Les Echos in its Tuesday edition.

This has turned out to be a huge deal. Vivendi had to cancel a major marketing campaign, as did ATI. ATI put up a large sum of money (the rumor is 6 million) to market that the 9800 series Video Card ran Half Life 2 better than anyone else.

This just proves that security has to be a concern at every company, no matter the industry and size. Folks, its time to get rid of Microsoft Exchange and Outlook and move to more secure software. Those products are just unsecure by design.