Vivendi Universal Games has announced that the highly anticipated Half-Life 2 has gone gold and will ship to stores on November 16, 2004 worldwide. The sequel to Half-Life which was released in 1998, Half-Life 2 continues the story of research scientist Gordon Freeman. As Freeman, players find themselves on an alien-infested Earth, its resources depleted and its population dwindling. Freeman must rescue the world from the evil that he helped unleash at the Black Mesa facility. Half-Life 2 is being powered by Valve's Source engine, which provides major enhancements to facial animations, physics, graphics and AI.