Package: The Orange Box

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For The Orange Box engine branch, see Orange Box (engine branch).  For more information about the console version of this package (PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360), see The Orange Box (Console).
The Orange Box
Software Cover - The Orange Box.png
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)
Valve Corporation
Electronic Arts (retail)
Release date(s)
October 10, 2007
Platform(s)
Engine
Written in
Mod support
Yes, PC only (custom folder, sourcemods (Source SDK), Steam Workshop (only in Team Fortress 2))
Official website
Official Website (Archived)

The Orange Box The Orange Box is a bundle that includes five titles from Valve: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, the sequel to the game that put class-based, multiplayer team warfare on the map, and Portal Portal, the game that blends puzzles, first person action, and adventure gaming to produce an experience like no other. Beside, all 3 new titles (and two previous HL2 games in console versions) ships with the then-new Source 2007 Source 2007 engine branch (formerly called The Orange Box engine branch).

Formerly, Peggle Extreme, a third-party Orange Box-themed game by PopCap Games, was also included in this pack, until 2009, when it was made available for free and standalone from this pack.

List of games in this package

Exclusive to PC

If you brought The Orange Box on PC, you will also have access to the following games:

Updates from this bundle

In 2009, PC versions of Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One (both at the time runs on Source 2006), as well as 3 new games from this pack (Source 2007), now runs on Source 2009. That same year, Peggle Extreme have been made available completely standalone from this package. Later in 2010, macOS support was added.

As of June 2011, Team Fortress 2 is now available separately for free, only on PC. Nonetheless, TF2 will not show up user's library when uninstalled unless the user has purchased the game prior to going F2P or has purchased The Orange Box.

And around 2013, during and after SteamPipe update, buying this package on PC will give user access to Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, and Half-Life Deathmatch: Source, despite not being mentioned on the bundle page. On the same year, the engine for all 5 games has been updated again to Source 2013. Linux support was also added at the same time.

A console version of this package (for Xbox 360 Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 PlayStation 3) is also available. Those versions are still running on Source 2007. The PlayStation 3 version of Orange Box is developed by Wikipedia icon Electronic Arts (EA), and was delayed to December 2007 due to Valve having difficulties developing for that platform at the time, like many other developers (until Portal 2 came out along with Sony improving documentation of the PS3 hardware).

In July 29, 2022, Valve announced that starting September 1, 2022, all games and bundles must not have game reviews on the banner and/or cover itself.[1] However despite that, The Orange Box's banner was left unchanged and unnoticed for nearly 2 years until March 15, 2024, when the game goes on sale, an Valve employee finally removed the award sticker on the bundle's banner.[2]

Media

See also

External links

References

References
1. Steamworks Development (Valve) (July 29, 2022). "New Rules For Graphical Asset Capsules". Steam Store. Retrieved July 24, 2024.
2. Giardino, Tom (@tomgvalve) (July 24, 2024). "fixed! nice catch". X (Twitter). Retrieved July 24, 2024.