Team Fortress 2 and Portal, part of Valve’s outstanding The Orange Box, are getting their own stand-alone retail packaging, Valve announced today. The Half-Life 2 Episode Pack will also make its first solo appearance at retail.
According to Valve’s announcement, Team Fortress 2, Portal and the Half-Life 2 Episode Pack will break from their five-in-one packaging on April 9. However, this only applied to PC gamers. PS3 and Xbox 360 owners who want to purchase the games individually will not be able to do so.
Unless, of course, Valve is going to make any or all of them available as digital download via Xbox Live Marketplace or the PlayStation Store. But that’s probably just wishful thinking.
Portal, the unique single-player game that mixes puzzle, adventure and first-person action, is expected to retail for $19.99. Team Fortress 2, meanwhile, is expected to retail for $29.99. This stand-alone retail version, like all PC versions of Team Fortress 2, will include the Badlands map and the ability to receive auto updates via Steam — including the upcoming release of Goldrush, a new mode and map that combines the escort style gameplay of Hunted with the timed attack and defend gameplay of Dustbowl.
The Half-Life 2 Episode Pack, which includes both of the new episodes and Half-Life 2 Deathmatch for online play, is expected to retail for $29.99.