Bungie Giving Halo: Combat Evolved PC Players A Parting Shout Out
If you've been playing Halo on your PC since the days of Combat Evolved, you'll get a little something special in Halo: Reach to show for it. As Giant Bomb posted, players who activated their copy of Halo: Combat Evolved before May 26, 2010, can use that same authentication key to score the as-of-yet mystery content. Bungie picked the seemingly arbitrary date to prevent shady individuals from using keygen software to generate fake IDs.
Roger "Sawnose" Wolfson posted about the treat on Bungie's forums. So what is this thing? "The reward is a small 'visual flair,' as was described during the last days of Halo 2 for players of that game," he wrote. "Not armor or anything in the Armory. We realize that some people have lost their keys or never played online to validate their key, and unfortunately we can't do anything about that. If that's you, you're not missing out on something like Recon or Flames, it's just a little indication that people have been part of a certain Halo community for a while, and we wanted to give them a nod."
Even if it isn't something incredibly awesome, it's pretty cool that Bungie wanted to recognize the long-term fans on their way out. As Wolfson pointed out in the thread, there wasn't any way for them to verify Xbox Halo players, which is why it's a bonus only for PC users. Regardless, it's a classy move.