Various game news sites around the Web suggested over the weekend that Bungie’s forthcoming game Halo would be an Xbox exclusive. Apparently the rumor was spread following news that
EBWorld.com, the e-commerce site associated with games retailer Electronics Boutique, was not accepting pre-orders for the PC version of Halo.
Microsoft Vice President of games Ed Fries and Bungie founder Alex Seropian
both spoke to crowds
of Mac users at the keynote address held at last summer’s Macworld Expo in New York. Fries stated Microsoft’s support to bringing top games to the Macintosh, and then introduced Seropian. Microsoft had
acquired Bungie the previous month.
“We still have a lot of love for the Mac platform,” said Seropian during last summer’s keynote, “and yes indeed, we will be bringing Halo out for the Mac.”
So, have things changed since then? Despite some wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth on the part of some gamers, the bottom line is no — development of the game is still continuing.
MacCentral got the straight answer from Bungie’s Soell. Soell has been serving as the de facto spokesperson for the Microsoft studio for some time and he wants to put a stop to this unfounded rumor.
“The story that Mac/PC Halo will no longer happen is totally false,” Soell told MacCentral. “Electronics Boutique may not be accepting preorders right now but [the games] will ship.”
So don’t worry, folks. Halo is still coming to a Mac near you.