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Master Chief Dual-Wields His Way to Windows Vista
February 9, 2006
"Halo 2," the award-winning sequel to the instant classic "Halo: Combat Evolved" to make its PC debut on the Windows Vista platform
"Halo 2," the game that redefined first-person combat and multiplayer action for millions of gamers worldwide, is set to explode onto PCs exclusively for Windows Vista. "Halo 2" for Windows Vista will be developed by a dedicated Microsoft Game Studios team in partnership with Bungie Studios.
Only for Windows Vista, "Halo 2" will offer gamers both the single-player campaign and multiplayer experience of the original, as well as the additional maps offered in the "Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack." Gamers will also have the exciting opportunity to build, create and customize their own multiplayer levels.
"Halo: Combat Evolved" and its sequel, "Halo 2," have achieved phenomenal success on the Xbox video game platform as gamers around the world follow the saga of Master Chief in his battle against the Covenant forces. In 2003, the original "Halo" roared onto Windows PCs. In "Halo 2" for Windows Vista, the action picks up where the first game ended. Master Chief, with the help of a small group of marines, has destroyed the religious artifact and artificial world known as "Halo," and is making his way back to Earth. There, he and the last surviving Earth forces will mount a titanic struggle against the marauding Covenant enemy. To date, the Halo franchise has sold more than 14.5 million games worldwide with over 600 million hours of multiplayer action logged across Microsoft’s Xbox Live online gaming service.
See http://www.xbox.com/en-US/press/2006/0206-halo2vista.htm for the complete press release.
See http://www.bungie.net/News/TopStory.aspx?story=halo2vistaannounce for more details on the project, job openings, etc.
Wow!!! No comments? Well, there are people on all sides of the fence for this announcement. I think it'll be a great way to generate some buzz around the Windows Vista launch, help sell Vista, and probably sell a few graphics cards and dual core machines.
Other people seem to be upset it isn't being certified to run on Windows XP or other operating systems.
It's going to be an interesting summer and early fall...
MS is gonna need something clever to sell Vista cause you know what? I hated 95. Couldn't wait for 98. Then I hated 98.. Couldn't wait for 2000. Then I hated 2000 (not as much as the others though).. Couldn't wait for XP. Now, I love XP. It's stable and does what it's supposed to do... if an app crashes, you shut it down.. no blue screen every hour or so.. I love it. Why would I want to upgrade? Or the 100 employees at work I watch over? Like we say in Texas "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" :-)
You hated 95 and 98? Come on, give me a break. I didn't work for Microsoft in the 95 days so I hadn't drunk from the koolaid dispenser yet, but 95 kicked butt over DOS and Windows 3.1.
This is certainly clever, but it won't affect the business SKU's. It might help the Home SKU nicely though. I guess we'll see later this year.
Ok, maybe hate is too strong a word.. but I used Win 95 since the beta build was in the double digits and I built the pre-loads for TI laptops. 95 was OK but it was just too flakey. Windows 3.11 was dos with a pretty face and I loved dos. Programmed stuff in assembly looking up at DOS for some testing suites I did at TI and got to know it well.
SHAME on Microsoft and Bungie for not bring the Halo2 game to PC sooner. To condem us to Halo on PC for several years is bad enough, but to add insult to injury. They force us to get vista to play halo 2 on pc, and what happens when the famous Microsoft Bugs for any new OS start crashing down.
I for one am glad open source is grwoign more popular and there are other shooter games to take the place of Halo. It's one thing to want to make money off your product and idea, it's another use that love of a game to sell a product we know won't be truly ready for aleast 6-months, Microsoft should just admit their greedy bastards and dumb their public relations department.