The British Gaming Blog notes that the Orange Box (Half-Life 2
, Half-Life 2: Episode 1
, Half-Life 2: Episode 2
, and Team Fortress 2
) will be available for pre-order via Steam
starting next week. What's more, ordering the games via Steam will give you access to an advance Beta test of Team Fortress 2
. "The Orange Box contains Half Life 2, Episodes 1 and 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2; you'll have to purchase the entire package to receive the Beta. Valve recommends giving the extra codes for Half Life 2 and Episode 1 (if you already own them) to someone who's been missing out. Not explained on the actual pre-purchase page is an added bonus for early adopters, Peggle Extreme; a special edition of Popcap's Peggle featuring new challenges and Orange Box related artwork."
Apparently current HL2 fans will miss out on the Beta ... because we've already paid them money.