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.

4 Responses to “Half Life 2 Update - Delayed”

  1. 1) jonvon says:

    if there really was 6 million at stake (did you mean as in a bet?), could have been a good enough reason to sneak in and change the outcome... ??

  2. 2) John says:

    lots of marketing scuttled. code being rewritten. Stuff not announced now in a playable demo on the net. Gonna be interesting to see how this works out

  3. 3) Nathan T. Freeman says:

    Well, I've dealt with Valve-based games for a lot of years. It's certainly convenient that they bought themselves another 6 months with this thievery -- though having dealt with cheating in league-play, I can certainly understand why they need to change that much.

    Still, mighty useful for them to have the extra time, isn't it? ;)

  4. 4) John says:

    Nathan - we all thought that until we started finding playable demos of the game with stuff that they haven't annouced yet. The fact they kept silent for so long (until May this year for E3) and that they have only released basic info, I can not see them doing this. Plus, Vivendi and ATI had to scrap some serious $$$ for the advertising and marketing that was all set for the holidays. I agree, its fishy, but I can not imagine that they did this on purpose. More likely its a disgruntled employee inside ...

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