Valve signs with EA

Multi-year worldwide agreement.

Half-Life developer Valve has signed a worldwide multi-year distribution deal with U.S. publishing colossus Electronic Arts that will see boxed versions of Half-Life 2 on Xbox and the PC-only Half-Life 2: Game of the Year edition ship to stores later this year.

.hack// goes online

For real this time.

The next game in the .//hack franchise will take the series online for the first time, according to Famitsu magazine.