Interestingly enough, reports are now surfacing that nudity is the cause for Halo 2 PC release. In an email statement received by Next-Generation, Microsoft said, â€œIt has come to our attention that an unfortunate, obscure content error which includes partial nudity was included in our initial production of â€œHalo 2â€ for Windows Vista. As such, we have updated the initial game packaging at retailers with a label, so customers are aware before purchasing the game. Additionally, weâ€™ve developed an online update which can be downloaded from www.halo2.com to remove the content. At Microsoft we take the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) guidelines very seriously and hold ourselves to high standards, with our customers always in mind.â€
If there's ever a reason to delay a game recently, it's for this sole reason. Hell, if I was in charge of a dev team and we found nudity (even if accidental) in our product I would make damn sure it wasn't in the final retail release. Before the whole Hot Coffee deal this would have been a funny little Easter egg.
Maybe "Nudity" is going to be the new "Dog ate my homework" excuse for game devs.
"Why is Half-Life 3 being pushed back 2 years? Uhh... nudity!" and nobody asks any questions.
Halo 2: Vista was supposed to be released on the 8th of May, and be the debut game for the Games for Windows system. It then got pushed back to the 22nd. Now that it's been pushed back to the 31st, Shadowrun, another highly anticipated game will be the debut game for Games for Windows, being released on May 29. I think this is a pretty big deal, because being the debut game for Games for Windows was really the only thing Halo 2 Vista had going for it. Now it's just another Halo port.
Funnily enough, when Halo 2 Vista didn't arrive on the 22nd, nobody really cared. I don't think anyone would have noticed until Microsoft released the revised date.
I'm still looking forward to playing it. I'm not much of a console gamer and as such haven't even played Halo 2 yet. I enjoyed Halo very much (on both Xbox and PC) and am looking forward to kicking some Combine Covenant arse.