2 and PGR 2 Announced!
time again for gamers to assume the role of Master Chief, protecting
humanity with a powerful armory of guns and grenades as they battle
the relentless Covenant scourge. It's also time for gamers to be
among the first to grab the steering wheel of a shiny new Enzo
Ferrari and race through the streets of some of the world's most
Microsoft Corp. today announced at the X02 North America event that
"Halo (TM) 2" and "Project Gotham Racing (TM)
2," sequels to best-selling Xbox (TM) games from Microsoft Game
Studios, are in development for the Xbox video game system.
"Halo 2," developed by Bungie Studios, is expected to
arrive on store shelves for the 2003 holiday season, and
"Project Gotham Racing 2," developed by Bizarre Creations,
is due in early 2004.
"Halo 2," a sci-fi action/first-person shooter game, is a
full sequel to the best-selling original and will continue the story
of the Master Chief, a genetically enhanced supersoldier who is the
only man that has successfully defied the Covenant, a coalition of
alien races on a murderous march toward Earth. "Halo 2"
surpasses its predecessor both in graphical beauty and combat
intensity. The Master Chief and his marine allies return to battle
the full complement of Covenant forces, as well as new enemies who
have not yet revealed themselves. "Halo 2" also expands
the Master Chief's already substantial arsenal with powerful new
weapons, many pried from the twitching claws of defeated enemies, as
well as more than twice as many drivable vehicles for exploring vast
landscapes or speeding into battle. In addition to its epic
single-player campaign, "Halo 2" will be playable online
through Xbox Live.
"Project Gotham Racing 2" returns to city streets with new
fully licensed vehicles from major car manufacturers including
Ferrari and Porsche. This engaging racing game sequel includes more
than 50 vehicles as well as new cities, including Edinburgh,
Scotland, and Hong Kong. More ways to earn Kudos will be available,
as well as a new rating system, a more accurate way to rank players
rather than just by the number of Kudos they have earned.
"Project Gotham Racing 2" also enables gamers to play
online through the Xbox Live service.
"There's only one thing better than announcing a sequel to a
million-seller," said Ed Fries, vice president of Xbox Game
Content at Microsoft Game Studios. "And that's announcing
sequels to two 1-million-unit-selling games. Our 'Halo' and 'Project
Gotham Racing' franchises have redefined the shooter and racing
categories around the world with innovation, great gameplay and pure
fun. 'Halo 2' and 'Project Gotham Racing 2' will build on these
legacies with awesome new features and the thrill of playing anyone
anywhere using Xbox Live."