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08-08-2002, 10:58 PM
Bungie Studios, Microsoft Game Studios' premiere 1st party game-development studio, today ended rampant speculation by officially announcing "Halo 2" for the Xbox™ video game system. Members of the press were treated to their first look at this sequel to Bungie's award-winning "Halo: Combat Evolved™", Electronic Gaming Magazine's "Game of the Year", game during "X02", a Microsoft press event held in New York City.

"Halo 2" continues the story of the Master Chief, a genetically enhanced super-soldier who is the only human ever to successfully defy the Covenant—a coalition of alien races on a murderous march toward Earth. To the mysterious leaders of the Covenant, the human victory at the ancient ring structure known as Halo was an unacceptable failure. They will not fail again.

"Halo 2" surpasses its predecessor in graphical beauty and combat intensity. "'Halo 2' is a lot like 'Halo', only it's 'Halo' on fire, going 130 miles per hour through a hospital zone, being chased by helicopters and ninjas," explained Jason Jones, the head of Bungie Studios, "and the ninjas are all on fire, too." The Master Chief and his marine allies return to battle the full complement of Covenant forces, as well as as-of-yet-unrevealed foes.

"Halo 2" expands the Master Chief's already substantial arsenal with powerful new weapons, many pried from the twitching claws of his defeated enemies. This sequel also increases Halo's number of drivable vehicles giving players many more ways to speed into battle or explore the game's vast landscapes.

"Halo 2" is powered by a completely new graphics engine designed specifically for the Xbox hardware. "Our code squeezes every drop of power out of the Xbox," said Chris Butcher, one of "Halo 2's" engineering leads. "We're doing dynamic lighting and shadows, per-pixel everything, rendering gigantic, lush environments. The graphical features we're using are so advanced we don't even have buzzwords for them yet."

In addition to an epic single-player campaign, "Halo 2" has support for multiplayer action via split-screen, Xbox "System-Link" and online through Microsoft's "Xbox Live™" service. "We still have the multiplayer game-types that people loved in 'Halo', but we're planning something special for multiplayer in 'Halo 2,'" hinted Jaime Griesemer, "Halo 2's" lead designer. "I don't want to ruin the surprise, but imagine the essential 'Halo' single-player experience: pitched battles between the humans and the Covenant, massive vehicle and infantry engagements. Now imagine that every combatant is an actual person playing over Xbox Live!" "Halo 2's" online multiplayer will feature squad-oriented team-play, real-time voice chat and extensive community support when it ships at the end of next year.

An official, downloadable version of the "Halo 2" announcement trailer will be available soon. This is the same trailer shown to the press at Microsoft's X02 event, and features two-and-a-half minutes of in-engine footage as well as an original musical score by Bungie's award-winning composer, Martin O'Donnell. For now, please head to http://www.bungie.net or click the links on the left for exclusive screenshots from the trailer.

hook-worm J
08-08-2002, 11:04 PM
Sounds awesome!

08-08-2002, 11:27 PM
its too long for me to read...im stupid :( :( :eek: :eek: :confused:

l Maximus l
08-09-2002, 12:16 AM
I just soiled myself. THANKS!!! :D

08-09-2002, 12:25 AM
The screenshots are amazing, check em out if ya haven't.

08-09-2002, 12:38 AM
There must still be Co-Op play. I think bots are are pretty much ensured to. They better be...

08-10-2002, 12:46 AM
OMG!!! They are gonna put online co-op team campaign play in Halo2.....

08-10-2002, 02:24 AM
Great:rolleyes: ...now i've got another game to go mad with excitement over untill it comes out..dam if this news was'nt so good it would be torture. Curses!

Untill next time...:mad:

08-10-2002, 12:54 PM
HOLY SH** i cant beliove it online coop and yes they better have bots!!!

Xbox Owner
08-10-2002, 01:40 PM
Sweet..I can't wait for this game!!!

08-10-2002, 01:46 PM
Originally posted by goldberg
its too long for me to read...im stupid :( :( :eek: :eek: :confused:

Same here. I read like the first paragraph. Plus, I don't like researching or reading games unless they're about to come out or have already come out. It spoils the surprise.

08-10-2002, 02:27 PM
Originally posted by peejay2288

Same here. I read like the first paragraph. Plus, I don't like researching or reading games unless they're about to come out or have already come out. It spoils the surprise.

you guys are stupid you cant read that??? i just read the first paragraph then read wut everyone else sed so i could get an idea wuts going on....but its so awosme also screw the suprise i like to know exactly when the xbox is gonna sour when certain games come out.

E Nomini Patri
08-10-2002, 02:46 PM