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Here Comes Halo 2

Boot Camp feature for Monday, November 8, 2004

The original sold over five million copies. And here comes Halo 2. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It's an event being celebrated by thousands of retailers that sell video games. The arrival of Halo 2 for the Xbox game console….from Microsoft and Bungie Studios.(sound) With a production staff that topped one hundred…and three years of development…Bungie's Brian Jarrard says pre-orders reached a million and a half copies weeks ago…

"There's actually two versions of Halo 2. The standard game itself is standard Xbox pricing, 49.99. And for 54.99 you get the collector's edition which comes in a metal box and features a bonus DVD that has over two hours of content.

Microsoft is counting on the game to spur game console sales over the holiday season. Jarrard tells us if there's a Halo 3….it will be developed for the next generation console. There have been books out based on the game story line..and about the possibility of a movie, Jarrard says…

"Well fans have been asking for a movie for a long time and it certainly would make sense. It's a great story, a lot of good material to work with. We're not ready to announce anything right now. I for one, as a fan, would love to see a movie. It certainly could happen at some point in the future."

Halo 2 will compete against some popular other sequels for video game supremacy over the holidays…including Take Two's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Konami's Metal Gear Solid 3.