Halo 2 to be Windows Live Launch Title
For all of you who love playing Halo 2 over Xbox Live, but wish you could have that same experience on the PC, you are in for a treat. May 8th, 2007 is a day you want to mark on your calendar, as it’s the day you will finally get your hands on Halo 2 for the PC. And be able to play online.
Live for Windows (or as I call it, Windows Live) will launch on May 8th, 2007, and already some big name titles have been announced for the service. Other games, such as Uno and Unreal Tournament III have also been announced for the service, as well as Shadowrun, which will be the first cross-platform title on Live where you will be able to finally play people on both the PC and 360 in the same online match. A feature too long overdue — too bad Halo 2 won’t support that (as far as we know).
As you could probably fathom, Peter Moore was pretty happy, being quoted in the press release as saying:
Five years ago, we began building a service that now defines the bar for online gameplay, the benefits of expanding Xbox LIVE to Games for Windows titles is twofold: We’re bringing together two communities that share a passion for playing online games, and we’re enhancing the online experience for PC gamers who have long desired seamless game and voice connectivity — it’s a win for everyone.
Now, keep in mind two things: If you already have an Xbox Live account, you’re covered with Windows Live, as they are the same service. This means you will keep your gamertag, score, rep, pretty much everything featured on your Xbox Live account. Secondly, if you’re an achievement whore, this is just another way to get your fix — after all, who doesn’t want Halo Achievements?
If you don’t have an Xbox Live account yet, don’t worry — it’s relatively cheap. $50 for a year of service on both Xbox Live and Windows Live. You really can’t beat that price when you look at what you’re getting. But if you don’t have an Xbox 360, don’t worry — you can still play PC games online for free through a Windows Live silver account.
Oh, and did I mention that Halo 2 is a launch title for the new service? I did? Well… I guess I’ve just told you again.
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