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Halo to be Simultaneous Mac, X-Box
11:27 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Although we mentioned the latest games information from Apple yesterday, there was one small note in the Apple eNews newsletter that seems to have been neglected. Specifically, the short wrap-up of games news from the recent Macworld Expo New York mentions in passing that Bungie Studios' long-awaited shooter Halo will be coming to Microsoft's X-box console and the Mac OS simultaneously.

Steve Jobs and Ed Fries of Microsoft went out of their way during the MWNY keynote speech to assure Mac users that Halo would indeed be coming to our platform; indeed this was always the plan, from Halo's conception, but the purchase of Bungie by Microsoft cast doubt upon that scenario. Now, this short little quote brings us both good news and bad:

During his keynote address, Steve Jobs welcomed Ed Fries onto the Macworld stage. Vice President of Games for Microsoft, Fries reassured the audience. Yes, Microsoft certainly will release Halo for the Mac. In fact, it will be released for the Mac at the same time it is released for X-Box, Microsoft’s new video game console.
Why bad? Well, Microsoft's console is at least a year away from production, perhaps more. This means a wait of at least that time period, perhaps more, before Halo will ship for any platform. After seeing Halo in action several times, IMG is of the opinion that late Mac Halo is better than no Halo at all, regardless of the waiting period, but it is tough to resign oneself to yet another long wait. In the meantime we will have Bungie's Oni to play with, courtesy of Take Two and Gathering of Developers.

In case you missed it yesterday, we've linked to the Apple Games wrap-up from the Expo; if you want to get industry news straight from Apple themselves, be sure and subscribe to Apple eNews.

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