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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

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Gearbox, MacSoft On Halo Updates
7:45 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In response to an online petition started last week on their forums, Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software, has posted an update regarding the upcoming patches for the PC version of their first person shooter Halo.

In the post, Randy confirmed that Gearbox has poured a large amount of resources into creating new content for the title. According to the CEO, Gearbox has invested "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in creating new content, new features, and various improvements to the game, including fast shaders and bug fixes:

I dedicated the full resources of the Halo development team to the project from launch day on. The stuff they generated between launch day and now is amazing in quality and volume. Thus far, just a fraction of that work has made it into the official updates.

I hope you can imagine how eager I am to have more of that effort in the hands of our fans and customers - doing stuff to improve the game that we all play is the sole reason why the post-launch development commitment was made at Gearbox. You've probably spent $50 and some number hours playing the game and looking forward to new features and content. I've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars post-launch developing updates that have yet to be released and have spent countless hours working with the team and our partners up in Redmond to do the right thing by our customers, our brand and this title which we enjoy playing so much.

While Randy is keen on passing the new features onto the public, his hands are tied until the content gets approved by executives over at Bungie and the Microsoft Game Studios. From his post:
Unfortunately, beyond the information that a significant development commitment has been made by Gearbox and that lots of cool things have been created from that effort, it's impossible for me to make specific commitments about when you can actually expect the official updates to be released and exactly what each one will contain.

Approval, testing and release of updates to the Halo PC software is entirely under the control of Bungie / MGS.

At the end of his message, Randy suggests that PC players keen on getting their hands on the new material should contact Microsoft directly.

Over on the Mac side, MacSoft's Al Schilling confirmed with IMG that the publishers plan on keeping Mac Halo compatible with the PC version, much to the joy of many hardcore Mac gamers. No word on when the new updates will make it to the Mac, however, as the turnaround time depends largely on how quickly Gearbox can hand the approved PC code over to the hard working programmers at Westlake Interactive. Stay tuned to IMG as more information on the content update becomes available, and, if you haven't already, head over to the IMG store and order your own copy of the award-winning title for only $39.99 USD.

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