NEWS - Friday, July 9, 2004


Bungie Confirms Halo 2 Euro Release

Meanwhile, Halo 2 publishers Microsoft have announced that the game’s UK release has been put back by two days, to Thursday 11 November - although it will still meet the previously-announced launch date of 9 November in the US. The slight delay isn’t a sign of the PAL version of the game slipping, though. "Game production is developing as planned," confirm Microsoft. "We have simply revised the launch date across Europe based on feedback from our retail partners." They continue, "If we launched on 9 November we would have had to ship stock to retail by the end of the previous week. This means that retailers would have the game in stock yet not be able to officially put it on sale. The temptation to sell the game early over the weekend before the launch date could prove too strong for some European retailers, as we’ve seen in recent cases involving high-profile game releases." The most recent example of this would be Driv3r, which recently charted at number six even before it was officially on shelves. So there you have it - you’ll have to wait an extra 48 hours to get your paws on the Xbox game of the year. I am glad about this, because on the reverse hand, the UK would get the game 2-4 days before the US. Because Bungie is based in the US, it would only make sense that the US actually gets the game first. But after two days no one will care anymore, and we will all be enjoying Halo 2 forever... Just a note, Bungie confirmed all of this HERE.
Source: http://gamesradar.msn.co.uk/

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