According to gossip currently doing the rounds, Microsoft Game Studios is planning to release Halo 3, the latest instalment of Bungie?s stunning multi-award winning FPS series, on the same day Sony Computer Entertainment puts its long-awaited PlayStation 3 on sale.
If the news proves true, it will make for an interesting day in the videogame calendar and no mistake. MGS will be pinning its hopes on Halo 3, the only killer app confirmed for the somewhat rushed Xbox 2, as a hardware-shifter.
Indeed, the new Microsoft console breaks all traditional launch timelines and is something of a tester for the games industry, with consumers faced with an upgrade purchase decision which for some people will come less than a year after the original machine was bought - if those 'some people' got an Xbox-shaped treat last Xmas, that is.
Interestingly, SPOnG believes that the Xbox 2 will be paraded at some point during the month of March
again, a decision that might well be little more than a PlayStation 3 spoiler. SCEI has, for a long time, stated that it will unveil its Cell-powered monster before the Electronics Entertainment Expo, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles in May. Perhaps March 2005 will be somewhat more interesting than the usually tepid news month it has been in the past.
As do you, we look forward to revelations scheduled for the not too distant future. Keep it locked.