According to this news item on PC.ign.com Valve has announced that Half-Life 2 will go Gold on Monday.
August 27, 2004 – In a bit of late-breaking news tonight, Gabe Newell, Managing Director of Valve Software, announced that Half-Life 2 is scheduled to go gold on Monday. For the uninitiated, “going gold” means the game (the 100% final version) has been copied to a disc and is being sent out to manufacturers for duplication. Going from duplication to retail shelves can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months, depending on the size of the distribution and other factors.
As soon as we know the retail date, you’ll know, so stay tuned!
Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go and scare the cat by completely freaking out in a very unadult manner.
Update: The folks at Gamespy also have a news story up on this. Thanks to Ingolfson for the link.
Updated update: Looks like the announcement may have been faked. See the pc.ign.com article for more info. DAMMIT.
Thanks to Danny for the heads up.
Oh the sweet, sweet torture!