Halo 2 Unleashed Tonight

By Deane Barker on November 8, 2004

Xbox uses Halo 2 to herd players online: I’m not a big video game player, but this could make me start.

Given carte blanche, Parsons led a team of 60 writers, artists, musicians, linguists and software engineers on a nearly three-year odyssey to craft a richly plotted sequel of dazzling visual fidelity.

They began by drafting 600 years of fictional history, enough to flesh out three novels and rationalize Master Chief’s iconoclastic demeanor. Programmers focused on fabricating new game play and graphics technology.