Halo 2 headed to PC; new OS required

Master Chief and fellow Space Marines say, "Hasta la Vista"; Microsoft Game Studios to develop Halo 2 for PC and its next-gen operating system.

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If PC users are having trouble deciding whether to move over to Windows Vista, Microsoft's next-generation operating system, when it is released later this year, the fact that the fate of the Earth depends on it may tip the scales. Microsoft Game Studios today announced that it is developing Halo 2 for the PC.

The game will be only for Vista, and it's being developed in partnership with the franchise's original developer, Bungie Studios. The PC version will include Halo 2, the bonus maps that came in the Multiplayer Map Pack, and the ability to "build, create, and customize their own multiplayer levels." No release date or other details have been announced.

Last week, questions arose when Bungie revealed it was hiring PC programmers to help "work on the biggest franchises for Microsoft Game Studios." Many presumed that Bungie would be porting Halo 2 to the PC in-house, unlike the PC version of Halo, which was developed by Brothers in Arms creator Gearbox Studios.

Halo 2, now more than a year old, is the best-selling Xbox game of all time. Bungie has not yet announced its next project. For more information on Halo 2, read GameSpot's full review of the Xbox version. For more information on Windows Vista, check out GameSpot's feature on the operating system.

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reymachine
reymachine

@ aparabola wow dude your the first guy i've ever seen that vista doesn't have bugs...even though i had so many bugs that i downgraded back to pc....and the funny thing is that the new games support vista but also have a ton of glitches with it and crysis when used with vista would have choppy graphics even with a strong card...not only that but vista has trouble doing easy tasks and needs much more memory than xp such as xp with 4 gb perfectly fine...but vista even with 8 gb still is slow even though there is a quad core processor 2.66 so dont talk about vista being a good upgrade...dont upgrade your pc if you have xp...stick with it...microsoft is already thinking about scraping vista because its failed so horribly

aparabola
aparabola

I have read several times here and other forums where peeps are saying Vista is riddled with bugs. C'mon! Upgrade your damn PC cause there's nothing wrong with Windows Vista. It is peoples hardware and some video card manufacturers drivers that are lagging behind in the world of technology. Vista does not now nor has it ever had any bugs. If we want to play the newest games, like Crysis, then we need to have OS's, and PC's that are up to speed with todays technology. To all those that refute my comments here, I say do your homework. For instance, did you know that with a Windows Vista 32 bit OS (as compared to Windows Vista 64 bit) only recognizes a maximum of 3056MB of ram? My system has 4 GB of ram, yet only 3.12 GB maximum memory are allowed. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/ Do your homework. It's little things like this that we should know as PC gamers. I'm just saying...

adrian525
adrian525

It's a really good game, but it's a really bad (and i mean REALLY bad) OS. I think that good things don't mix to well whit bad :S

Deyyhayederaned
Deyyhayederaned

Hell its not fair I waited years for this game to come out for PC, then I found I'd have to get a new computer 'long time coming' I needed one. So I had to build up a huge amount of money as I was just about ready to buy I heard Vista is riddled with bugs. Apparently the head programmer on the Vista project died half way through, inconciderate dying like that.

wubeikk
wubeikk

Hey ... Falling Leaf Systems are preparing free patch of compatibility with windows xp for Halo 2 and Shadowrun. so most of us will be able to play it on Windows xp, not necessary to have Vista. Be patient. We don't know how stable will it be but it will be working. So be patient. :P

solaralex89
solaralex89

I'd be willing to bet that most people to buy Halo 2 for PC will not have a legitimate version of Vista, because it's just not worth paying for a new OS (or God forbid a new computer as well) to play a new game.

Lab4lover666
Lab4lover666

I wonder when this is gonna be out.. I want it now >.

Willy105
Willy105

Any console game is better on PC. The first Halo was a lot better on the PC than on the Xbox.

Flavius_Aetius
Flavius_Aetius

Batizoz "Hey ... first of all, I'll have to say I'm all the way with Sony, never bought an Xbox, never will. " ---So you're a Sony fanboy. Which means that all your comments regarding Halo mean diddlelysquat. "what is so good about Halo2 ?" ---What's so good about Final Fantasy? and as far as I can remember there was nothing on the PS2 that ever compared to Halo. "The PC has already lots of amazing FPS games .. F.E.A.R., HL2, BF2, FarCry, DOOM 3, Riddick ... Would Halo 2 stand against those giants ? " Yes I holds it's own quite well. However MS knows that Halo sells XBoxes, and that they like to keep Halo as an exclusive for the console for awhile. "HELL NO. Can't even compare the graphics, campaign, multiplayer. I don't even understand how such a lousy game sold this much on the Xbox." ---As I said 'Sony fanboy'. Funny thing is your not even comparing any PS2 product to Halo. Also as stated Halo is just as good as HL2, is way funner than FEAR, and FARCRY. "Regarding this Vista - Halo 2 issue, M$ has always proven that they are the dirtiest bastards when it comes to selling. " ---Oh and Sony isn't? Let's look at the PS3 for example. It costs $600, and for what? Blu-Ray a future Media format that may or may not be successful? Also let's not forget the lack of PS3's on launch day. "An old game like Halo 2 wouldn't require that monster of a Rig, I mean my Rig already plays FEAR at max settings, would it have trouble running a pathetic Halo 2 ?" ----Monster of a rig, what system specs are you talking about? Since the game is not even released what are you basing that from? "Would I think about upgrading my PC & OS just to play a silly, overrated, & aged game ?NEVER. " ----You do realize that Halo2 won't be the only game made for Vista? However if for some strange reason, Halo happens to be the only reason why you would need to upgrade then wait until you have a better reason. "So, before you get excited about the possibility of playing Halo 2 on PC, start preparing to enjoy games like BLACK, Gears of War & the arrival of the Almighty PS3. " ----uhhh....those games aren't on the PS3! "Oh, and please, don't go supporting M$'s dirty schemes just because you are an Xbox fanboy." Hard to say I'm a company fanboy since I have owned nearly ( no turbo graphics, or NEC, also no Wii yet.) every game console since (even Virtualboy) the Atari 2600 VGS, and I still play many of them. That being said I fail to see why you would refer to someone that wants a port of an Xbox game to the PC as an Xbox fanboy? These are PC users that more than likely prefer the feel of a keyboard and mouse than a controller.

Anteares
Anteares

WOOOT! Finally we get Halo 2! I've been itching to use a mouse and keyboard for this game in forever! I bought the Xbox version but I just can't get used to the controller. Now...if we could only get Gears of War and Halo 3 ported to us......*drools*.

Darth-Revan45
Darth-Revan45

Oh hell, now a New Windows is out making everyone upgrade again... damn my crapy Win 98.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

Well thats really sad because I currently own Halo Combat Evolved for PC and XBOX. I also own Halo 2 for XBOX and was seriously considering to get Halo 2 as soon as it comes out. What a disappointment. :( Not that I'm complaining on the effort of making Halo graphics better for the game but the fact that Windows Vista is not on my shopping list and it will not be for a long time. It will take Microsoft a long time to fix all the bugs and issues that come up with this new OS. Until then I guess I pass. Plus Microsoft is trying to use Halo as a tool for gamer to buy Vista. Bad move!! Not everybody can afford it and many people will deny to spend that much money just to play 1 game.

bolebec
bolebec

When I said Vista's graphics, i meant directX 10 & directX9L. But that was my bad for not specifying that. Sorry about the misunderstanding. Now i see how people got confused when i said Vista's graphical capabilities. But I would also like to point out that some of the stuff you said, quote, "Others, Microsoft (not Bungie, MS, remember they bought Bungie?) has all the reason in the world to release this only on Vista" I agree with. I think people SHOULD buy Vista, maybe not right as it comes out, but thats what I'm doing when I fell that the time is right. Also, quote, "There's still a TON of players still using Windows '98 for god's sake!". I know that. But the majority of people using '98 (including my grandma) arn't hardcore gamers. They mostly use the computer for checking e-mail from time to time, writing invitations to a birthday party, ya know, simple things. They arn't big corporate businesses that have to do huge amounts of work on a computer and that need things like security features (ex. windows fire wall), multi-core processor support, & 64-bit computing. They arn't schools and colleges that need security features, Windows server networks, & Safe Browsing for Internet explorer. Finally, they are not hardcore gamers that desire the latest and greatest pc and gaming hardware. I can guaranty that the amount of people that game and use '98 can be doubled and wont even come close to matching the ones that use Windows 2000 & XP. Lastly, you say, quote,"They didn't want to re-write XP in order to give the developers what they needed in DX 10." Where in the world did u get this idea? If it is the "upgrading to Vista w/o having to purchase the full version" thing, then thats not what I'm talking about. I'm saying that MS has upgrade copies for Vista coming out that enable you to not have to buy a full version of Vista. It's an IN-PLACE UPGRADE, and pretty much all it does, is lets you install Vista w/o having to clean your hard drive and uninstall XP, and its for less money. So please don't tell me to stop griping (p.s. how am i going to hurt myself or someone else?).

scottwilkins
scottwilkins

bolebec, Halo 2 doesn't take advantage of Vista's graphics, only DirectX 10. Get it right, OK? Vista is good, real good. All good except for the interface. It's going to be so different that MS has to release games like this to DRAG players into the new OS. Fortunately it will be somewhat tunable, unlike the current beta versions which are not tunable at all compared to what it will be like on release. There's still a TON of players still using Windows '98 for god's sake! So, bolebec, get over yourself before you hurt yourself or someone, OK? Others, Microsoft (not Bungie, MS, remember they bought Bungie?) has all the reason in the world to release this only on Vista. And Vista's graphics will not get in the way of Halo 2 at all. Just like in XP, when a game starts and sends a DirectX request to gain full screen control, all Windows graphics are shut down so as to not interfere with the game play. Halo 2 has NOTHING to do with Vista's graphics. It has EVERYTHING to do with DirectX 10, which MS decided to only support on Vista due to it's differences. They didn't want to re-write XP in order to give the developers what they needed in DX 10. But wait, they did re-write it... It's called Vista! DUH! So stop yer griping. Besides, MS has already made a mint on Halo 2, so if it doesn't sell well due to Vista, it ain't gonna hurt 'em.

bolebec
bolebec

Wow, that is the most pathetic thing I've ever heard. You people need to quit complaining about a new OS coming out. I mean c' mon, XP has been out for 5 YEARS!! Don't you think that it has been enough time for Microsoft to create a new OS? Yes, Bungie maybe forcing people to buy Vista with Halo 2 but, it also takes advantage of all of Vista' new graphical capabilities. Why else would they wait to launch an almost 2 year-old game for pc without updating the graphics,multiplayer, heck maybe they will even change the campaign mode, like add an extra level or something. Also, for everyone who already has XP, you can upgrade to Windows Vista for less money without having to purchase the full version. Microsoft is helping YOU by not having to spend as much money. See for yourself at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/upgradeinfo.mspx (copy/paste that). Plus, Vista is going to come with direct X10 and Direct X9L, so it CAN run previouse games. So quit whining about how people shouldn't switch to Vista amd how Halo 2 for pc isn't going to sell an all of this other bull crap because it is and that is that.

yr7racer
yr7racer

Either way, I'll get both for free. So no complaining here. haha

bjmage16
bjmage16

Let's see if it will work. Many believe Vista is too graphics intensive to work well with games. Bungie is stupid to release it on one OS. Do they think it will convince many to swith OSs? I don't think so.

Akmon911
Akmon911

Well, I read from somewhere that Halo 2, for that STUPID VISTA, does not need DX10 (directX10). check out [url=www.bungie.net]some news in here[/url]

elementfx
elementfx

good good good, this thrills me, I'm getting sick of Halo CE and it's laggy goodness.

Com_gamer
Com_gamer

by the time halo 2 comes 4 pc, halo 3 will be out for the xbox 360. history is repeating itself because the same thing happened with the 1st halo

garrett_daniels
garrett_daniels

They better give it a SERIOUS graphics upgrade. As beautiful as Halo 2 was and is, it just isn't up to current PC standards. Gamers will be forced out of XP pretty quickly anyway, and I don't think making the leap now is too much to ask. I hope it performs better, though. Gearbox's Halo port was a rock-solid single player experience, but between its glitchy online play (warthog teleporting!) and terribly underestimated "recommended" requirements it was far from perfect. Plus, this one will have mods from the get-go.

deny33142
deny33142

now that the game is down to $19.99 MS got an idea "why dont we make a pc version of the game and sell a 2 year old game for 49.99? hell and even better, why dont we make it restrictive to a new OS so the suckers will have to buy a new computer, was microsoft kills 2 birds with one stone" idiots!

Dasc00
Dasc00

halo 2 isnt gonna seel that well if it needs a new OS so there screwed

Junooni
Junooni

well well well what we have got here halo 2 for pc hmmm sounds nice mouse key board perfect combo for FPS

CommandoVader13
CommandoVader13

Halo 2 is going to be awsome, Im getting an XPS Dell computer and Windows Vista anyway.... so i pick up Halo 2 on the way also. Halo games are cool but i still think Darth Vader kicks @ss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

unreal6666
unreal6666

For all i care i want to play Halo 3 but M$ can kiss my b@lls with that Halo 2 for PC only for windows Vista crap going on....M$ and bungie are litterally $hitting on their fans with this.....nobody wants to move to vista yet..not just for a game anyways... It is a good thing to have a new windows wich i am sure everybody will have at some point of time in the near future but to try to make people buy a new OS for a game that they might want on a PC wich is in console right away...that's beyond me...if the guy above had any say in the above decision by Bungie and M$ he is a bigger fool than me cause i ain't gonna buy vista to play Halo 2 for pc...maybe an xbox360 but not a whole godamn os and pc for a game that is only 50$ ...what brand of wacky tabaco are the suits at M$ smoking i may want some to smoke on weekends.....

batizoz
batizoz

Hey ... first of all, I'll have to say I'm all the way with Sony, never bought an Xbox, never will. But this doesn't mean that I never gave an xbox game its right. Especially Ninja Gaiden & DOA. But hey, what is so good about Halo2 ? Its campaign ? Graphics ? Multiplayer ? The PC has already lots of amazing FPS games .. F.E.A.R., HL2, BF2, FarCry, DOOM 3, Riddick ... Would Halo 2 stand against those giants ? HELL NO. Can't even compare the graphics, campaign, multiplayer. I don't even understand how such a lousy game sold this much on the Xbox. Regarding this Vista - Halo 2 issue, M$ has always proven that they are the dirtiest bastards when it comes to selling. An old game like Halo 2 wouldn't require that monster of a Rig, I mean my Rig already plays FEAR at max settings, would it have trouble running a pathetic Halo 2 ? Would I think about upgrading my PC & OS just to play a silly, overrated, & aged game ?NEVER. So, before you get excited about the possibility of playing Halo 2 on PC, start preparing to enjoy games like BLACK, Gears of War & the arrival of the Almighty PS3. Oh, and please, don't go supporting M$'s dirty schemes just because you are an Xbox fanboy.

unreal6666
unreal6666

maybe we should just boycott bungie product...

Jedi_Gon
Jedi_Gon

Man! Thats good news! There is no spoon? Matrix

MASTERCHIEFUSMA
MASTERCHIEFUSMA

Bah! I dont want vista! Guess i gotta stick to halo 2 for xbox. id rather stick with Xp, xp doesnt take as much ram and not as much crap to deal with.

eefreak8
eefreak8

Damn Microsoft. That's one pretty low bit of marketing. Using a hugely popular game to try and force people to buy there new operating system. Can't they ever sell a product based on the products actual worth, not what's going to be released on it.

InvaderJones
InvaderJones

I think I'll let you all have the many issues with Vista when it first comes around. But it's a good idea..

unreal6666
unreal6666

what's gonna happen with this mess is that people are vengeafull and do not forget and might just boycott the game altogether since there is a xbox version of it.... also people just out of spite may try to get the game thru illegal means therefore bungie ends up on the losing end... i wonder why they stay silent on this tough....95 percent of the messages here are bashing them real bad on this mess... looks like they jsut don't care or they are scrambling to talk to microsoft to find a solution on this and then make the announcement.... bungie is trying to play a high stakes game here and cockiness may end up being their ultimate demise... remember there are tons of games out there and tons more coming out that are gonna be the next "halo" type of situation, like gears of wars and such ,so you don't want to put the barrel to your head and shoot yourself with some kind of stupid crap like this one... write to pc gamer and computer gaming world about this and try to lobby to them so that they can make this known..."how upset we are!!!!"

sagtzc
sagtzc

MMMMMM pense que nunca saldria para PC. Lastima que tenemos que esperar a windows Vista,

blehbeast1234
blehbeast1234

i'm not even sure if i'm getting vista or not i bet vista sucks worse then when xp first came out i wouldn't be surprised if it happened just like how they rushed the xbox 360 launch... and the xp launch... and all of their other stuff lol

pmaddamsetti
pmaddamsetti

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pmaddamsetti
pmaddamsetti

Many people will probably be getting Vista in the future, so if it is going to take a while to release Halo 2 for PC, I don't think it's too bad. Also, higher requirements most likely means a much better product. Halo for PC was much better than the Xbox version, so Halo 2 will probably be the same.

DarkSoldier91
DarkSoldier91

It would be cool if they added more missions and maps to help the storyline not suck...

Postal_Bill
Postal_Bill

This is bs anyway. If you want to lose all your PC fans by putting out a halfassed console orginated game go ahead. Microsoft already burned PC gamers with the first halo

mx6dragon
mx6dragon

Yeah I don't see myself upgrading to Vista for this game. I think Halo 2 is great but so many other FPS for PC out there. Plus the price of Vista+ the price for the game= $$$$$$.

Terdog
Terdog

This is garbage. Halo 2 for Vista only?! Sure, I will put my odds on either the hacking community figuring out how to get this running on XP, or we should all send email's to Microsoft telling them what a disaster and really stupid move this is.

the_angry_amish
the_angry_amish

I can't believe what I am hearing from your people! I would have thought most of you would be outraged. How much more will you be willing to put up with from this company? The XBox 360 is already a disaster, can't you read the writing on the wall. You can all go ahead and try to live off the table scraps that Microsoft throws to you. As for me, I'd never buy a new OS for a SINGLE GAME! Especially one that I've already played. If you have that much money to just throw away, why not buy some penny stocks or play the lottery? How bout just giving me some?

unreal6666
unreal6666

If only Bungie would be clear on what their doing... It pisses me off so bad that a lot of gaming companies operate like that they just let tidbits slowly out to build momentum for their products..it is the reverse of movies where they start almost a year before to blast you with "coming soon"... I guess bungie and microsoft decided to put the news out to see the reactions to "VISTA ONLY" and "feel the field" as they say'.. so far it seems that that field would be filled with land mines if the bungie group would step into because fans just wana tear them appart. what makes matters worse is that like i just said there is no news...they just announce it...make a really vague FAQ then exit... it's like a striper that just gets to the bra and she has those big huge (@@@) and then before the end of the song she stops and goes away without showing you anything and you are like WTF???!!!! same story here. At least if they would come out clean and say that they wanna make it xp compatible too all of this would stop. They could just say that "it's gonna look prettier on vista" instead of only vista...then instead of a fist to the jaw it would have felt like a small slap and not make all of this mess to begin with... it is their own fault and i wish i was not there...well actually i wish i was there cause you know what i would talk some sense at some people at M$ and say to them that for the sake of the game and fans that XP will be supported!!!!

Thorandor
Thorandor

What the hell? A release of a game just for one friggin' Operating System? There is no way they are going to be able to promote sales with such a stupid strategy! Let's hope someone can "fix" that game up to make it compatible for XP! Vista? yea, Hasta la Vista!

bigelf72
bigelf72

Sweet, ima get it, cause itll be way better than XBOX's version

AuxorNemesis
AuxorNemesis

Look I feel sorry for You guys. You'll have to cough up at least $200 for the new operating system VISTA plus for that DUMB OS dependent game HALO 2. But I'll buy new windows for just $2.00 and Halo for maybe $3.00. Nice going Microsoft !!! You are losing your customers..

Unknown09
Unknown09

While I wish that people would find a way to crack this and port it to xp, it is unlikely b/c isn't vista a 64-bit native OS? The only other OS is basically Windows XP 64bit Pro, and most people dont have that. So it's unfortunately that in order to play H2, ya need a DRM-infected OS.

Zombi_Z
Zombi_Z

Y'know, these PC ports might be more successful if publishers actually crank this stuff out in some reasonably close time-frame to their console originals instead of waiting long after anyone with an interest in the game has already played it on other platforms. There'd better be some payoff for this. I mean, I better be able to play on the same servers as other Live players or something. **** I need a perk for this!

skullomania2
skullomania2

What a rip off !!!! I might just throw the first halo in the garbage and buy a mac if microsoft doesn't clean up there act!!!!!!! The game is old anyway!!!!!!!!

barkera0
barkera0

Why bother? Why not just make Halo 3 on Windows.... seems strange to redo 2 s its getting a bit older now.