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December 8, 2003

Halo for Macintosh Reaches Gold Master

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Destineer's Macintosh unit, MacSoft, announces that the Gold Master of Bungie Studios' Halo: Combat Evolved for Macintosh has been approved by Microsoft and Bungie. Manufacturing of the product began on Friday, December 5. The game will begin shipping from Destineer's warehouse on Thursday, December 11. Halo for Macintosh should be available in most retail stores in North America early in the week of December 14 and in Europe later the same week.

MacSoft president Peter Tamte announces, "Prepare the feast. The Master Chief is coming home this weekend, and he's bringing a Scorpion tank, Warthog 4x4, and a bunch of flyable alien craft he says discovered on an ancient ringworld."

The game features many enhancements over the critically acclaimed and best-selling Xbox version, including 16-person online multiplayer mayhem, better graphics, new vehicles, new weapon, new maps, customizable multiplayer games and the precision of playing with a mouse and keyboard.

Players can take the battle online with gamers on both Windows PCs and Macs in a variety of individual and team-based games, including King of the Hill, Capture the Flag, Death Match, Race, Oddball and more.

Players can now pilot the Banshee in multiplayer games, drive a Rocket-equipped Warthog, and control a Covenant Gun Turret. Plus, the new Fuel Rod Gun gives players the ability to lob awesome firepower over obstacles and defenses.

Halo is a sci-fi action epic that shatters the confines of traditional game environments. Players wage a hi-tech guerilla war on foot, in vehicles, in the air and beneath the surface of an alien ring orbiting in space. The game was created by legendary developer Bungie Studios. The Windows PC version of Halo was developed by Gearbox, and the Macintosh version was developed by Westlake Interactive. The Xbox version of Halo has sold over 3 million units and won numerous “Game of the Year” accolades.

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.