Half-Life 2 is due to be released next month. The follow-up to one of the most acclaimed games ever, Half-Life 2 has suffered several controversial delays.

Its publisher Vivendi has announced that the long-anticipated game will be released on November 16, following turmoil with Valve, the game’s makers, over distribution and the leak of the game’s source code onto the internet.

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Originally slated for release last month, the source code leak last year forced developer Valve to push back the game. A legal quarrel also developed between the developer and publisher VU Games over Valve

It seems the publisher has decided to push its differences aside, and has good reasons to - with the critical acclaim the game is already receiving so far, the game is destined to become a mega hit this holiday season.

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"Half-Life 2 has surpassed our expectations in every sense - its high-quality graphics, ground-breaking physics and immersive first-person shooter game-play set a new standard for PC action games,” said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games.
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"Half-Life 2 will go down as one of the best-selling PC titles, and we are thrilled to deliver this ground-breaking title to the worldwide gaming community this fall," he added.
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The publisher plans to launch localized versions of highly anticipated first-person shooter simultaneously in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese.
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Subscribers to Valve’s Steam distribution service have already been able to download a locked version of the game. Once the game is launched, and the encrypted versions unlocked, subscribers will be able to start playing immediately.
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