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Halo: Combat Evolved PC Owners To Get a Halo: Reach Treat

Time to start digging for that CD key.

Soon your time spent with Halo: Combat Evolved PC as far back as 2003 will be worth a bonus visual unlock in In September 2010's Halo: Reach. How's that for rewarding dedication?
 
Bungie staffer Roger "Sawnose" Wolfson recently re-confirmed on the Bungie message boards that owners of Halo: CE PC, who have authenticated their keys on Bungie's servers, will be able to use those keys to unlock a bit of "visual flair" for Halo: Reach. This unlock will not be from the game's Armory, though--it'll just be a little visual nod to some of the most hardcore Halo fans.
 


To get the bonus, you'll need to have your original CD key for Halo: CE PC on-hand. Said key will also need to have been authenticated--assuming you entered an online lobby at some point during your ownership of the game--before May 26, 2010.  
 
Why then? Because Bungie has pulled data from that date and will be validating unlocks against it in a move to keep seedy people from using programs to generate a key. I should note that even if you bother with purchasing a new copy for this treat, Bungie will assume the fresh key has been key-genned. 

No other details are being provided at this time, however, "Sawnose" says solid information, which will include how to use the key in-game, should be coming in the next few weeks as Reach's release date creeps ever closer.  
 
Big ups to RageGummy for dropping the initial intel in our forums.
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Posted by BradNicholson

Soon your time spent with Halo: Combat Evolved PC as far back as 2003 will be worth a bonus visual unlock in In September 2010's Halo: Reach. How's that for rewarding dedication?
 
Bungie staffer Roger "Sawnose" Wolfson recently re-confirmed on the Bungie message boards that owners of Halo: CE PC, who have authenticated their keys on Bungie's servers, will be able to use those keys to unlock a bit of "visual flair" for Halo: Reach. This unlock will not be from the game's Armory, though--it'll just be a little visual nod to some of the most hardcore Halo fans.
 


To get the bonus, you'll need to have your original CD key for Halo: CE PC on-hand. Said key will also need to have been authenticated--assuming you entered an online lobby at some point during your ownership of the game--before May 26, 2010.  
 
Why then? Because Bungie has pulled data from that date and will be validating unlocks against it in a move to keep seedy people from using programs to generate a key. I should note that even if you bother with purchasing a new copy for this treat, Bungie will assume the fresh key has been key-genned. 

No other details are being provided at this time, however, "Sawnose" says solid information, which will include how to use the key in-game, should be coming in the next few weeks as Reach's release date creeps ever closer.  
 
Big ups to RageGummy for dropping the initial intel in our forums.
Posted by GamingSince81

Time to authenticate my key for Halo CE

Posted by FunkyS

Awesome!

Posted by grossblood

ahhhhhhh

Posted by Malawi1321

Woo!

Posted by omergd1

cool

Posted by Sadisticham

Kind of a bummer cause i have CE for the xbox. It's sitting upstairs right now. Shame I've no way of proving it to them.

Posted by ErrorOperator

great!

Edited by KirkyX

Crud, I've got CE and have never actually played an online match.
 
I can't blame Bungie for being careful, but this still sorta sucks.

Posted by Pixeldemon

Hmm, I bought this and played it online a couple times (despite also owning the Xbox version).  I'll see if I can find it.

Posted by RageGummy

Stealing my Forum posts! 
 
Nah its good, share the news!

Posted by Andrela

I want to be able to do the multiplayer as a Halo 1 spartan, old ass graphics vs the new reach ones :)

Posted by tgammet

I've totally played on line in Halo CE (PC). Your service record for the game is not logged on Bungie.net so I'm not exactly sure how to check if I'm eligible for this. I should be! I guess I'll find out when I enter my CDKey in Halo: Reach.

Posted by This_Dude
@GamingSince81 said:
" Time to authenticate my key for Halo CE "
You had to have done this before May 26,  as was stated in the article.  Authenticating at this point is useless.   This is only for people that have played that game online prior to that date.
Posted by Lumley

It kind of annoys me that this is for the PC version of Halo: CE. If you were a hardcore fan you'd have the Xbox version from a year (or was it two?) prior to the PC version. I guess it's impossible for them to validate Xbox versions of the game :(

Edited by Radar
Posted by RageGummy
@Radar:  Search google for a Key finder. Should look threw your registration system and find it if possible. 
Posted by wolf_blitzer85

Darn. I have the box somewhere, however after moving, it has been lost amongst the mess. Oh well.

Posted by Bigby

Now I have to reinstall the game for like the fiftieth time!

Posted by AjayRaz
@Radar said:
" Goddamnit. I think I've lost my CD key. It's still installed though, is there anyway to retrieve the CD key from the game files? 
 
Edit: That was easy to find. CD key recovery tool:  http://www.modacity.net/forums/showthread.php?67-Halo-CD-Key-Recovery-Tool "
thanks for the link. it would be helpful but the last time i installed halo was before i formatted my PC ;_; 
Posted by MisterMouse

it also works for the mac version of the Halo game.

Posted by Metroid545

I luckily have kept my halo cd in a small pile of old pc games right next to my computer and found it fast, gave it away already though

Posted by zymase

Time to go digging for my old PC games....

Posted by ch13696

Just in case I lost all my cases, I kept my CD keys on my backup hard drive. Looks like I'm lucky.

Posted by zaglis

Sou wen iz zis coming out on zi beesee?

Posted by Foggen
@KirkyX said:
" Crud, I've got CE and have never actually played an online match. I can't blame Bungie for being careful, but this still sorta sucks. "
Yeah, I have no idea if I ever played the full game online.  I know I played the demo...
Posted by AnEternalEnigma

I'm thinking about being a real American and selling my key on eBay.

Posted by ch3burashka

FUCK! 
 
How come Halo/Halo 2 never were available via download, and if they were, how come I don't know about it? I've googled plenty of times but the only results are torrent sites.

Posted by Sil3n7

I've got mine and its been auth'ed

Posted by GamingSince81
@This_Dude:  Thanks for the info, I didn't notice the time line until after I posted my comment.  I should be OK though, I played a few Blood Gulch matches about a year ago or so, just need to find my key so I can use it when this is activated.
Posted by Musou

NOOOO I have the game, but never played online. =(

Posted by Suigyoken

Aw nothing for the sad owners of Halo 2 PC?

Posted by DoctorOptimist

halo sux!!! iz a genric shootr 4 teh consoltardz!!! ony fratboyz and 12 yeer-oldz playz gaylo!!!! PC iz da bestz!!! 
 
Joking aside, I'm ready to get my key for Halo PC out.

Posted by MeatSim

I guess I should go find my Halo PC key.

Posted by Evilsbane

Awwww....dammit I own the original halo still I want goodies!!

Posted by cikame

I played a few multiplayer games on pc years ago, so i guess i'm sorted?

Posted by EvolutionX0

That's kinda stupid, giving PC players some bonuses for a 360 game.  PC gamers might not have a 360 after all. 
 
Well maybe they give something for us halo 2 players since we cant play it on the xbox any more.

Posted by edgeofblade

There is rewarding your fans... and then there is punishing people for not being your most diehard, buy anything tool...

Posted by OneManX

Considering you are not getting a weapon or anything game changing... I dont see why some people are butthurt over it. 
 
Now, I had a copy of Halo PC, but I lost my CD key :(

Posted by punkxblaze

Still have my key after all these years. Awesome!

Posted by SlasherMan
@EvolutionX0 said:
" That's kinda stupid, giving PC players some bonuses for a 360 game.  PC gamers might not have a 360 after all.  "
This what I was thinking. Kind of weird considering the game is a 360 exclusive, unless I'm missing something here.
But reading the comments, there seem to be plenty of people that are eligible for this, surprisingly.
Posted by Ariase
@EvolutionX0:  If you played Halo 2 on Xbox Live at any point, you'll get a piece of visual flair as well. However, there are a couple of catches.
 
Catch 1: You need to have a Bungie.net account. You also need to have linked your gamertag to that account at some point and, afterward, registered an online match to the account.
 
Catch 2: None of this applies to the PC version of Halo 2.
 
More info here: 
http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=45575323&postRepeater1-p=1
 
@edgeofblade: It's just a small piece of content for the diehards. The flair isn't even as substantial as, say, a piece of armor. Really no reason to see it as a punishment, regardless of your stance on Halo PC.
Posted by predator

I also still have my Halo PC CD key. Pretty cool.

Posted by Leadcat

Yay, I qualify for this. :D

Posted by GeekWhenSpoken2

I loaned mine out and never had it returned. Which depending on what said "nod" is—could either be a huge bummer or a huge blah.

Posted by Agent47CSim2

Does the demo count? :)

Edited by Diamond

I got rid of my copy a long time ago.  Sucks that I won't be able to use.

Posted by ViciousReiven

Another reason why I hate PC gamers.

Posted by Bionicicide

I played it in its prime.
 

 
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