PC News

ATI appease Radeon purchasers

But not with a HL2 date, sadly

As predicted successfully by the Inquirer.net, Canadian graphics giant ATI made an announcement yesterday concerning the Radeon Half-Life 2 "bundle" situation (i.e. the game not being ready to be bundled, and no release date confirmed). Sadly, it wasn't quite the concrete confirmation of a release date we were hoping (and praying) for. Instead it's something of a sorry to Radeon purchasers from ATI and developer Valve, who'll furnish consumers holding their Half-Life 2 activation Key (but no game), with the Valve Premier Pack via Steam.

In activating their product key via the content delivery system (but only before Half-Life 2 is made available) players will then receive the following titles which comprise the pack: Half-Life, Counter Strike, Team Fortress Classic, Deathmatch Classic, Half-Life: Opposing Force and Ricochet.

As an alternative to downloading the pack, gamers will have the choice of choosing a Steam CD, which should help them bide their time until Half-Life 2 reaches retail and is simultaneously downloadable via Steam on the same day.

Those seeking further details should visit the official ATI site.

When great games journalism isn't enough...
Something is wrong with games journalism and it's nothing to do with ethics.