Longtime Halo fans will soon be able to experience Halo 2’s iconic Earthcity demo that hasn’t been released outside of E3 2003.
Of all the main installments of the Halo series, Halo 2 is the one that holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many Halo fans. While Halo 2 introduces some new game mechanics, weapons, and vehicles, it also adds more depth and complexity to the story with the presence of Arbiter. But for Halo 2 lovers, there’s still a part of the game that no one has actually played.
After the huge success of Halo: Combat Evolved, extremely high standards were set for Halo 2, but what initially drew a lot of excitement for the sequel was a gameplay demo that Bungie showed off during E3 2003. Similar to the gameplay demo for Halo Infinite that was released a year before the game was released, the Halo 2 demo titled Earthcity was never playable but still attracted fans. Even so, now the Earthcity demo is finally really playable.
On Halo Waypoint, a new article points out that 343 Industries is currently in the process of restoring a lot of Halo’s old legacies and even cut content from some of the older installments. One of them is a playable version of the Earthcity demo for Halo 2 that players will be able to experience through Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
This is exciting news for many fans of the series, but based on the details in the Halo Waypoint article, the process of actually restoring the Earthcity demo certainly sounds quite challenging. Since Bungie never intended Earthcity to be playable and the original demo was built on a defunct engine, recreating the demo for Halo 2 would certainly be a daunting task.
However, for longtime Halo fans, being able to play the Earthcity demo will be incredible, especially given the dramatic scenes the demo provided when it was first revealed. at E3 2003. In addition, 343 Industries is also restoring a lot of the cut content for Halo: Combat Evolved, such as weapons, vehicles, NPCs, levels, and previously unseen characters.
Either way, it will be interesting to see what else 343 Industries brings to Halo. While it takes a lot of time and attention on Halo Infinite, the studio is also spending a lot of time developing Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which will feature an Earthcity demo along with all the additional cut content.