Half-Life 2 In Q2/2004?

The French newspaper Les Echos contains an interview with Christophe Ramboz of Vivendi Universal according to MCV-Online. He states that about one third of the source code was stolen. One of the consequences: the release of Half-Life has to be delayed at least 4 months (April 2004) to address potential problems caused by the theft according to the President of VU Interactive Publishing Intl. Stories on the same topic can be found here and here as well. No official word from Valve on this yet.

Update: Asked about the April release date Valve's Doug Lombardi states:

We are still assessing the effects of the attack. At this time, we have no further details we can share regarding the theft nor it's impact on the release of Half-Life 2.
This "hum"-response was sent to the guys over at HalfLife.org.

Comments

April 2004?   So, the delay before the leak was January?  *cough* bullsh*t

No, not really. It says at least four months. I think they had plans for an early December release.

I'm waiting to hear from Valve, Vivendi has spoken several times about Half-Life 2 out of thier ass. The "only 1/3" thing seems like spin control unless I hear it from Valve. I saw over at halflifesource.com that they say they went to Valve and only a portion of the code was stolen, but I have yet to see an official press release.

I really still don't buy it. (no pun intended).  Nothing to do but wait anyway now.

That cites the same source Crick, which is a comment made by someone in Vivendi, not Valve.

So is Valve going to come out and confirm this now, or are we going to have to wait for months again?

Like I previously said at Evil's forum, this whole agiotage is Valve's own attempt to give a good reason to their inevitably delayed release.

lol so you're saying they leaked their code on the internet to make an excuse for a delay? Please, since when do they even need to give a reason for that. That stuff is better left at Evil's forum

HL2 won't have the same impact 6 months from now. At least we'll be able to run it at a steady 85 fps in 1600x1200.

The French newspaper Les Echos contains an interview with Christophe Ramboz of Vivendi Universal according to MCV-Online. He states that about one third of the source code was stolen. One of the consequences: the release of Half-Life has to be delayed at least 4 months (April 2004) to address potential problems caused by the theft according to the President of VU Interactive Publishing Intl.What, we needed another reason to hate the French?

Hmm, WYSIWYG comment editor no workee?

This is is like Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs starting a shootout at a night-club -- a publicity stunt. Tellin ya.

Gentlemen, it will be a long time before this game sees the light of day.  If they release this game with knowledge that the source code is compromised, they could be subject to liability for damage caused by hackers.  Let's talk about Doom 3 and get half life 2 out of our minds.

It's a damn shame.