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  08 August 2002
HALO 2 Announced - Screenshots

HALO 2 Announced

After Halo shipped, a lot of people assumed they knew what Bungie would do next. "Of course they'll do a sequel to Halo," went the prevailing wisdom. "They'd be stupid not to capitalize on the success of the first game. And there are so many loose ends to tie up. Yeah, there's definitely a sequel in the works." So it may not come as a surprise to you, dear readers, that we formally announced Halo 2 at X02 in New York City this morning.

I think I can assume that anyone reading about Halo 2 on Bungie's own Halo site probably knows the basics already. You already know Halo 2 is the sequel to Halo. You already know Halo walked off with a ton of rave reviews and Game-of-the-Year awards. You already know the bar has been raised and expectations for a sequel are high. You already know Bungie has no intention of disappointing anyone.

What you really want to know is: "What does it look like? What's new? What's the solo campaign all about? What about multiplayer?" And of course the all-important "When can I get my hands on it?"

The game itself is everything you loved about the original Halo, but with all the knobs turned up to 11 this time round. This is not a quickie "Halo 1.5" follow-up using the same engine. We are using a completely rewritten graphics engine which allows our artists to work in previously unimaginable complexity and detail. Anyone who thinks the original Halo stretched the Xbox's graphical abilities to the limit is mistaken. There are gorgeous new realms to be explored, and Halo 2 will take you there. There will be several new weapons in addition to the reliable old standards from the first game. Not to mention the new vehicles you'll ride into battle. Or the many new enemies you'll face. If you had a hard time with the handful of Covenant races you met in the first game, you may wish to start practicing now; you'll need it when they unleash the rest of their army.

Halo 2 returns you to the role of the Master Chief - still humanity's best weapon against the Covenant. Their defeat at Halo was only temporary, and they are pursuing their goal - the complete obliteration of humankind - with renewed zeal. Human military forces are exhausted and unable to stave off the Covenant's rapid advance toward Earth. Even with the Master Chief back in action, the situation looks dire - and this is at the beginning of the game, before things get a lot worse. In true Bungie tradition, the solo campaign in Halo 2 deepens and expands upon the story that began in the first game: old questions will be answered, new mysteries will unfold, and the truly epic nature of the story will finally be revealed.

Multiplayer is an entirely different kettle of fish. Halo 2 is designed from the ground up to support internet multiplayer games over Xbox Live™. You're no longer limited to playing LAN games against friends who live nearby. What's more, the multiplayer experience is being completely redesigned. The first Halo offered just a glimpse of what we originally had in mind; now, in Halo 2, our designers' vision will come to glorious, explosive fruition.




Screenshots [real time/in game renders!]:
http://www.bungie.net/perlbin/blam....creenshots.html
These are taken from the Halo 2 trailer [rendered in game] shown to the press this morning, which will be released to the internet soon.

Desktops:
http://www.bungie.net/perlbin/blam....desktops04.html

Best game ever. Rokk.
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  08 August 2002
Awesome looking forward to it and the great animations. Do you know if there will be more then 2 player co-op?
 
  08 August 2002
You the llama!!!
 
  08 August 2002
waiting for Halo 1.0 on PC. Has it come on PC
 
  08 August 2002
the screen shots look good.

b&w i think the pc ver. comes out around december??? that's what i heard.
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  08 August 2002
Angry

DAMN, Taking about HALO makes me angry all the time

f*** MICROSOFT! I want HALO for PC not for the
f***ing lame Xbox. If Microsoft hadn't bought
up Bungie I could now play HALO... :thumbsdow

Someone knows something about the release date?!
 
  08 August 2002
JuRrAsStOiL - No need to get angry, even though we'll have to wait we will play HALO for PC by the second quarter of next year.

I really liked HALO, and it's fine by me if they make a sequel, but it isn't a smart move to announce both the sequel and pc version at the same time.
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  08 August 2002
ohh man i can't wait
that game rocks

but like every other game that gets relased, we, the europeans are always the last the get them , ...man, thats not fair :(

bungie: just contact me if you need a beta tester
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  08 August 2002
dude drop the 'tude... HALO is coming for PC and MAC... Gearbox is doing the conversion..it is in capable hands...



Quote: Originally posted by JuRrAsStOiL
DAMN, Taking about HALO makes me angry all the time

f*** MICROSOFT! I want HALO for PC not for the
f***ing lame Xbox. If Microsoft hadn't bought
up Bungie I could now play HALO... :thumbsdow

Someone knows something about the release date?!
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  08 August 2002
Is it coming out for Mac? A teacher and so guys at my job have xbox's and LOVE Halo. I only have a ps2 and a mac so I don't have the luxury of playing those games.

Unreal is about the best I can get unless there are other games I haven't found.
 
  08 August 2002
*GASP*

That looks VERY cool!
It's amazing how much detail some simple bump maps can add to real-time engines.

/me thinks Doom 3 may have a run for its money
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  08 August 2002
Quote: Originally posted by Bear
JuRrAsStOiL - No need to get angry, even though we'll have to wait we will play HALO for PC by the second quarter of next year.

I really liked HALO, and it's fine by me if they make a sequel, but it isn't a smart move to announce both the sequel and pc version at the same time.


as soon as they release halo for the PC, tons of great FPS will kick that weak halo's ass
terrific strategy by microsoft:thumbsdow
 
  08 August 2002
Halo and CounterStrike:CoundidtionZer. No other next year. Hope i will buy 2GHz with GeForce4 for DoomIII.
 
  08 August 2002
Awesome! Halos the best game ever! :xtreme:
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  08 August 2002
Quote: Originally posted by Cadillacs57


kick that weak halo's ass


why? how? explain yourself please.

It is fine for someone not to like a game, but I am just curious of your reasons why...
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