Pixar may be the animation company to beat these days, but right now the limelight is also on Microsoft’s Bungie Studios, whose latest interactive release, Halo 2, pulled in a staggering $125 million during its first day at retail. Now available with Halo 2 is a Limited Collector’s Edition DVD. A combined effort of Bungie, Microsoft and Los Angeles-based production company FilmOasis, the companion disc tells the story behind the game and marks the first time a bonus DVD of this kind has been included with a game.
FilmOasis approached Bungie Studios with the idea and spent nearly 36 months capturing a rare glimpse inside one of America’s top game developers as they worked under great pressure to deliver a sequel that would live up to the hugely popular Halo: Combat Evolved.
“The Bungie team was living through these tremendous ups and downs, and we were there to watch and capture it all," comments FilmOasis producer/director James McQuillan. "Bungie is an incredibly private studio, and we were the very first to get inside their doors.”
FilmOasis cameras followed the team as they scrambled through the various stages of developmentfrom character sketches and animation to the creation of the cinematic announcement trailer, which played in theaters. Fans will also get a peek at the characters, weapons and levels that ended up on the cutting-room floor.
The DVD features more than 100 minutes of exclusive material, including a making-of documentary, developer commentaries, game design featurettes, an art gallery, gameographies and more.