Release the original ending for Halo 2 (In script form).

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"We ended up completely cutting Halo 2‘s third act, which was brutal and horrible, and something nobody wanted to do." -Joseph Staten

“The ending was you and the Dervish chasing the Prophet of Truth through the Ark and having a grand and glorious conclusion on Earth, finishing the fight right there,” -Marty O'Donnell

Halo 2 is an amazing game, without a doubt one of the greatest created. It boasted a revolutionary online multiplayer, graphics unlike any seen before, and a soundtrack that could bring a grown man to tears of joy.

The singleplayer campaign for Halo 2 is yet another spectacular piece to this puzzle, with astounding new weapons, exciting new environments and brilliant new characters. The story took players upon an emotional galactic journey as both the Master Chief and The Arbiter. Everything about the story is absolutely perfect except for the ending.

As is widely known the game ends on a cliffhanger. while the rest of the game is wonderful as it is, there is certainly something missing from the end. Just take a read of this quote from the game's Writer, Joseph Staten;

"We had this great third act wrap-up of Master Chief and the Arbiter coming together and defeating the Prophets and discovering The Ark, and this deeper secret inside of it. But it was so above what we could possibly do from a production point of view that it fell apart. There was meant to be a mission where you were fighting on top of The Ark, like it was uncovered like it is in Halo 3. So you’re fighting multiple Scarabs, going through a trench run to make your way into it. We had it all modeled out, we had it all massed out, this big structure with Scarabs sitting on top of it."

Doesn't that just sound like the most thrilling ending that you could possibly play? As has been widely documented Bungie could not finish the campaign's story in time, resulting in the cliffhanger ending.

The reason I have started this petition is because I believe it is time to share this original ending with the world, not as a summary quote, but as a full script. In an interview from 2016 the game's composer Marty O'Donnell confirmed that at least one copy of the original script for the game still exists in his archive.

It is time to release that script.

If you would love to read this ending, perhaps you are curious or just love anything Halo to read, then please sign this petition and share it with your friends. Together I hope we can encourage Marty O'Donnell or 343 Industires, the current holders of Halo, to make this draft of Halo 2 available for the world to enjoy.

Thank you for reading this far. I wish you many more happy years of playing Halo!


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