Dorm warriors and battle rifle enthusiasts have something to celebrate today. Halo 2 is set to enter a public beta period today for PC players.
Yesterday Tyler Davis, community support and engagement coordinator at 343 Industries, announced that all blockers had been resolved and both Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary flighting would start today, April 17.
Different pieces of the Master Chief's journey have been gradually rolling out on the PC over time, often preceded by a PC "insider" beta—which developer 343 Industries refers to as "flights." Early last month, the remastered version of Halo: Combat Evolved dropped on a special day for the series. Some are hopeful this flight means a release date for Halo 2 on the PC is imminent, though nothing's been announced yet. Halo 2, 3, 4, and ODST are all expected to be on the way.
After being teased in March, it's exciting to finally see the Halo 2 PC version start to emerge. It's often heralded as some of the series' best multiplayer, and it certainly made an impression over the years, if not just for introducing the Arbiter. It's time for some energy swords and battle rifle duels, just like it's 2004 all over again.
Those who want in will need to sign up for the Halo Insider program, though simply throwing a name into the hat doesn't mandate an invite. We'll know more as keys and invites start to roll out today. If you end up one of the lucky ones in, feel free to grab some Hawaiian pizza and get ready to relive those glorious dorm days all over again.