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Media Alert
January 19, 2004
Contact: Al Schilling

Halo for Macintosh 1.03 Update Now Available

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Destineer's Macintosh unit, MacSoft, announces the release of the 1.03 update for Halo for Macintosh. This update is for the U.S. retail version of Halo only. Users can find the Halo 1.03 update now at bungie.org, and soon at macgamefiles.com.

The 1.03 update brings the Macintosh version of Halo into sync with the Window PC version (PC version 1.031 Build 606) and adds an extensive list of new features, including:

  • Mac Halo is now compatible with PC Halo multiplayer games for version 1.02 and 1.03.
  • A new "NV Shaders" rasterizer path has been added for players with nVidia GeForce 3 Ti, GeForce 4 Ti, or GeForce 5200 fx video hardware and Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther). Players with these configurations will notice a dramatic change in image quality when using this new feature. Earlier versions of Halo only supported advanced shader capabilities on graphics cards made by ATI.
  • Many Full-screen anti-aliasing (FSAA) glitches have been fixed for use in Mac OS 10.3.2.
  • Servers now have a complete team killing / banning system that should significantly reduce team killing online.
  • Servers' name now supports 65 characters for dedicated servers and 32 characters for client-hosted servers and now accepts an extended character set.
  • Chat text length has been extended to 64 characters.
  • In-game scoreboard now displays every client's ping.
  • In-game scoreboard now displays your # of assists.
  • Teams are now persisted for the next game when map cycling occurs.
  • Map Reset: It's now possible to restart the current game without requiring the server to map cycle.
  • Assault: There is now a timer to keep track of how much time is left in your offense / defense round.

Finally, although previous versions of Halo did not require you to have the Halo CD inserted to play the game, illegal online downloading of Halo has forced MacSoft now to require the Halo for Macintosh CD be inserted to play the game in version 1.03 and all future versions.

About Destineer

Destineer is a privately-held developer and publisher of entertainment software based in Minneapolis, MN. The company's MacSoft unit is a leading publisher of consumer software worldwide for the Macintosh platform while the company's Destineer Studios develops original games for Windows PCs, Macintosh computers, and videogame consoles using proprietary 3D technology created by Destineer.

About Bungie

Bungie was founded in 1991 with two goals: to develop games that combine brilliant technology, beautiful art, intelligent stories and deep gameplay, and then sell enough of those games to achieve the real goal of total world domination. Over the last 10 years it produced games like the "Marathon Trilogy" and the first two "Myth" games, hailed as classics by critics and gamers around the world. "Halo: Combat Evolved," its latest game, has achieved phenomenal success on the Microsoft Xbox video game system. More information on Bungie can be found at http://www.Bungie.net/ .

Microsoft, Halo, Microsoft Game Studios and Xbox, are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Halo for Macintosh is published by Destineer, Inc. under license from Microsfoft Corporation. Destineer is a trademark and MacSoft is a registered trademark of Destineer, Inc.