loonyboi just called in from MacWorld (where he's "on assignment"), with word that
Bungie has finally announced their super-secret upcoming project, Halo at Steve Jobs' keynote address. The official Halo website
has the first tidbits on the
game, which is being developed for simultaneous release for both Windows and the Mac.
loony got to see Halo earlier this year, and has been bursting at the seems to
talk about it since then (but was under threat of death), because the demonstration (on a
Mac) blew him away. The Press Release
describes the game in detail, and I'll clip a piece below, as well as snagging the
screenshot from the site, because it indeed, looks that cool. Here goes:
With no levels or breaks in gameplay, Halo gives players complete freedom of
movement over open terrain. Vast outdoor vistas, complete with flora, fauna, weather and
celestial events, are complemented with indoor environments of comparable detail and
complexity. A universal physics model and persistent objects make events in this world
utterly convincing. In this open environment, gameplay is not linear but unfolds in
response to the player's actions.
Here's more from the release:
The player is a military recon unit of the human race's fledgling planetary
empire. Pursued by alien warships to a massive and ancient ring construct deep in the
void, the player must single-handedly improvise a guerilla war over land, sea and air,
using the arsenals and vehicles of three distinct cultures. Using everything from
composite swords to orbital bombardment, driving everything from giant tanks to agile
combat aircraft, players wage intense warfare over and under the surface of this world.
The epic single-player game is complemented by a role-based, cooperative multiplayer team
game. Playing the humans or the aliens, players will use entirely different skills,
strategies, vehicles and weapons to compete in a variety of game types. Three players
might take the roles of driver, shotgun and rear gunner of a light, fast all-terrain
vehicle, roaring and bouncing over uneven ground toward the enemy fortress, ducking under
a hail of fire from alien aircraft screaming overhead. Halo's multiplayer game will be an
experience that is as much lived as played.