Many Halo fans agree that the second installment is one of the best. It is not for less. Halo 2 is a masterpiece of the FPS genre, first released for the original Xbox way back in 2004.
Months before launch during E3 2003Microsoft introduced an impressive demo of Halo 2 titled Earthcity. It was an incredible eight-minute show that stunned the world.
Almost 20 years have passed since then, and it is possible to relive Halo 2 in the Halo The Master Chief Collection compilation. Did you know that the Earthcity demo will be playable in the future?
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Incredible as it may seem, 343 Industries has announced that is restoring this halo 2 demo, to be playable through the Master Chief Collection compilation of the saga. And not only that, because they plan to bring back an RTS canceled in 1999.
“There is little in the eight-minute demo that isn’t wow-worthy,” says 343 Industries in a new post on its official blog.
The restoration of this Halo 2 demo is part of the Digsite project. 343 details this project as a search for the saga’s past, in order to recover files, promotional campaigns and information prior to the release of the first game.
“This was not a trivial process, and we should probably add a whole page of caveats that come with taking a demo map for an engine that no longer exists and getting it to not blow up the current light mapper.”
Another of Project Digsite’s bombshells will be an information dossier on Halo Combat Evolved. In these files we will find first-time designs, canceled levels and never-before-seen models.
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Is the Earthcity demo coming to Xbox consoles? From 343 Industries they assure us that they will try, although they cannot promise that it will be possible. For now it will be an exclusive content of the PC version of Halo The Master Chief Collection.
Halo 2 is one of the best installments in the Microsoft saga. You can play its Anniversary version in the compilation Halo The Master Chief Collection (Xbox and PC), or dip into its original release on the first Xbox and Windows.
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