Earlier today we had the big story on the Halo 2 Secret Message. Many forums around the net are going crazy off this news and we may have come across what that countdown just might mean. If you count the number of days according to the countdown, it brings us to August 24th. So what is so special about August 24th then? Well check out the cover for next month's Official Xbox Magazine Special Preview Guide. The image will be stretched but you can sure enough read it and start to piece together what all this hoopla is about
The tag in the middle is hard to read in this picture but it says "Do Not Open Until August 24th!". That looks like a sure sign that the Official Xbox Magazine is going to have an exclusive Halo 2 demo. The only thing that remains now is what's on the demo? Well Bungie made it clear months ago that they would not release a demo because they did not want to give away any part of the story. So now comes my take as to what I believe this possible (remember, this is pure speculation at this point) demo may be.
During E3, a select number of gaming journalists got the chance to sit down and play a multiplayer aspect of Halo 2. Tim Grube and I were priveledged enough to take part in this wonderful event. The level we played on was the much talked about beach front that has been discussed in almost every gaming media today. I have a feeling that next month's Official Xbox Magazine will include a demo build of what we played. Furthermore, I believe that all the hype we have been seeing that relates to the ilovebees.com website results into the following.......the demo will be for Xbox Live play and will give gamers the first chance to test drive Halo 2 on Xbox Live!
It all makes sense, once gamers play this level over and over again, they will have the taste of blood on their mouths and be forced to buy it the second it hits store shelves. Plus, it in no way gives away any piece of the storyline.
Well, that's just one gaming journalist's take on the crazy Halo 2 events that have transpired over the last few days. So if I'm right, how many out there think the next issue of the Official Xbox Magazine will be the best selling one ever? Yeah, it's a no brainer and you can bet your Xbox that I'll be hitting every magazine store in the area until I get my hands on one!