During yesterday's Electronic Arts Studio Showcase event at its Redwood Shores offices, attended by Gamasutra, representatives from Valve confirmed that the forthcoming Half-Life 2: Episode 2
will debut simultaneously for the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3, and the PC.
In addition, Valve's Gabe Newell confirmed that, when released, the EA-published console versions of the game will include not only the original Half-Life 2
and the recently released Episode One
add-on, but also Team Fortress 2
as a multi-player mode, a title that many had presumed to be long since canceled.
Team Fortress 2
will also debut as the multiplayer mode in the PC version of Half-Life 2: Episode Two
, the second part in developer Valve's recently confirmed
trilogy of episodic content. While the episodes themselves retain the look and feel of the original Half-Life 2
, the glimpses of Team Fortress 2
show a distinctly unexpected cartoonish retro style to the multiplayer mod sequel.
Finally, Valve's president and co-founder Gabe Newell noted during the presentation that a completely new single-player module for Half-Life 2: Episode 2
, currently named “Portal”, was in development, which uses a spatial portal dropping concept (using a gun for placement).
This concept is similar to elements used in the recently released Prey
, and is apparently based on IGF Student Showcase winning title Narbacular Drop
, which was reported
to be in the process of being re-imagined in the Source Engine, with the help of its original creators.