One of the most anticipated games of the year has been delayed until the holiday season (Christmas) in a statement announced by the games developer Valve.
?The previously announced September 30th release date for Half-Life 2 is being pushed back. We are currently targeting a holiday release, but do not have a specific "in-store" date to share at this time. We will release that information as soon as we have confirmed a new date.?
The game was meant to ship next week on September 30th but only a week before this release date the game has been delayed. Less than a month ago Valve told the European press at the ECTS in London that the release date was unchanged.
Valve have not set another release date allowing for people to speculate when they expect the game to launch. The fall of this year is going to be very competitive for first person shooter games with Doom 3 and Unreal Tournament 2004 both being released between now and Christmas.
Valve will be hoping that the extra media coverage generated by the set back of the game will help drive sales in the end. While the set back may be annoying for some people looking forward to the game, overall its unlikely to make a lasting bad impression.