Halo 2 Update/Patch Technical Change Log and Info

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#1
Halo 2 Xbox: https://halo.fandom.com/wiki/Halo_2_Auto-Updates
Halo 2 Vista: https://halo.fandom.com/wiki/Halo_2_Vista_Patches

FIXME: not sure where 1.1a and 1.1b sit on H2X.

Halo 2 Xbox 1.0:
Halo 2 Xbox 1.0 (Autoupdate 1):
Halo 2 Xbox 1.0 (Autoupdate 2):
Halo 2 Xbox 1.1 (Autoupdate 3):
Halo 2 Xbox 1.1 (Autoupdate 4):
Halo 2 Xbox 1.5 (Autoupdate 5):

Major changes from Halo 2 Xbox 1.5 to Halo 2 Vista 11081:
  • Removed split-screen.
  • Removed co-op lobby type.
  • Removed multiple user sign in
  • Removed Xbox LIVE UI elements (y Menu, messaging system)
  • Removed system link
  • Removed Optimatch matchmaking
  • Removed ranking and nameplates (linking account to bungie)
  • Removed 480p support
  • Added mouse and keyboard support
  • Added dedicated server support
  • Added Local Area Network support
  • Added custom map support
  • Updated the Halo Editing Kit to support Halo 2 (from Halo Custom Edition)
  • Reworked entire UI
  • Increased game visually to 1080p
  • Recompiled shaders
  • Increased texture size on various textures
  • Increased game engine iteration rate to 60
  • Introduced play and tray feature

Specific changes from Halo 2 Xbox 1.5 to Halo 2 Vista
  • Added bitmap alpha_white to text_bump_alpha_single_pass
    • This breaks many aesthetic features in Halo 2 on various NVIDIA graphic cards.
  • sound\sound_classes is different in Halo 2 Vista than in Halo 2 Xbox
    • sound_classes provides the default values for many sounds and Halo 2 Vista appears to have been made louder.
  • sound\global_fx is different in Halo 2 Vista than it is in Halo 2 Xbox.
  • Radar shader was broken during porting and fade does not work properly.
  • Hud_sweeper bitmap was changed. This was changed because Hired Gun broke the radar shader and made a new bitmap with a workaround in mind.
  • Missing sounds in Halo 2 Vista: elite_dogmatic, elite_loose, specops_com
    • sound\dialog\combat\specops_com\22_roar\melee
      sound\dialog\combat\specops_com\13_player\look_pstcmbt_hrd
      sound\dialog\combat\specops_com\09_order\newordr_retreat
      sound\dialog\combat\specops_com\08_judge\scld_plr
      sound\dialog\combat\specops_com\07_exclaim\chr_kllfoe
      sound\dialog\combat\specops_com\01_alert\foundfoe
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\22_roar\dodge
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\22_roar\melee
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\21_yelp\srprs
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\21_yelp\panic
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\15_curse\crs_re
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\14_vehicle\grt_intovcl_imdvr
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\13_player\look_plr

      • Note: Does not exist in either H2V or H2X. Existence only hinted by existing tag path in udlg
      [*][*] sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\13_player\look_cmbt_fllw
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\11_group\joinme_emrg
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\09_order\newordr_arrival
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\09_order\newordr_entervcl
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\07_exclaim\chr
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\06_outburst\fear
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\06_outburst\fear_rtrt
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\05_postcombat\endcmbt
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\05_postcombat\shotfoebdy
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_dogmatic\03_strike\strk_re
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\21_yelp\panic
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\19_gloat\glt_brt
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\14_vehicle\entervcl_gnr
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\14_vehicle\entervcl_psngr
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\14_vehicle\entervcl_trrt
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\14_vehicle\grt_plr_vcl
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\14_vehicle\ok_plr_trdst_dvr
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\13_player\grt
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\13_player\grt_plr_cmbt
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\13_player\grt_plr_tim
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\13_player\look_pstcmbt
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\11_group\hlpme_re
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\11_group\joinme_emrg_re
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\10_command\ordrme_emrg
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\10_command\ordrme_re
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\09_order\newordr_retreat
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\09_order\foeordr_fallback
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\09_order\foeordr_retreat
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\08_judge\prs_plr_kll
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\08_judge\prs_plr_kll_bm
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\08_judge\scld
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\07_exclaim\chr
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\07_exclaim\chr_kllfoe_mjrfoe
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\07_exclaim\chr_kllfoe_vclbmp
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\07_exclaim\chr_deadchief
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\07_exclaim\lmnt
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\07_exclaim\lmnt_deadplr
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\06_outburst\whn_hrtblt
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\05_postcombat\pstcmbt_agg
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\05_postcombat\pstcmbt_tim
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\04_search\srchstart
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\04_search\prstfail_nopts_tim
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\04_search\keepwatch
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\03_strike\strk
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\02_danger\warn_incmn_grnd
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\02_danger\warn_vcl_hog
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\02_danger\rmd
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\02_danger\rmd_trrt
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\02_danger\rmd_vcl_spctr
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\02_danger\dwn_vcl_wrth
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\01_alert\seefoe
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\01_alert\seefoe_mjr_chief
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\01_alert\seefoe_agg
      sound\dialog\combat\elite_loose\01_alert\foundfoe_mjr_chief
  • The entire HUD was remade to scale well in 16:9 but the sniper reticle deviated from it's original design
  • Tick rate changes from 30 to 60 caused unintended changes like...
    • Weapon fire rates changed
      • This in turn made AI fire rates change in campaign as well.
    • Fall damage timer seems to be affected
    • Super bouncing needs more fall distance to trigger
    • Blank melees occur more frequently
    • Sleeping Grunts do not die instantly when meleed from the front
    • Timings to preform a button combo were affected.
    • Certain speedrun starts do not work anymore
    • Causes a wraith at the end of 08b_deltacontrol to flip over due to it being inside level geometry.
      • Can be fixed by changing the z value of e11_pro_wraith1_1/wraith from 1.322321 to 1.7
  • Manual sleep timers in game scripts were affected
  • Dynamic lights do not cast shadows on objects as they should.
  • Letterbox effect in cinematic cut scenes only appear when the game is rendered in a 4:3 resolution.
    • Though if the game is set to a 4:3 resolution and then the resolution is increased through external means then the bars will still function just fine while having a higher resolution.
  • Many illumination shaders have a glitch where they can be seen through walls. This is caused by an issue with the depth bias tag property in postprocess propterties tag block within the shader tag. This bug includes the following and more...
    • Lights on vehicles
    • Banners on bases (coag, waterworks)
    • Lights on bases
    • Battle rifle ammo counter
    • White label on rocket launcher
    • Boost effects on covenant vehicles
    • Lights in sentinals
  • If the deph bias value is set to 0 to attempt to fix this issue massive z fighting issue occur on all the affected objects.
  • LOD world units of many objects were increased.
  • Texture resolution of some weapons have been increased from 256x256 to 512x512 such as the battle rifle and the SMG
  • The visor shaders on masterchief and Pilot Marines use different shader templates
    • Halo 2 Xbox: shaders\shader_template\opaque\tex_bump_env
      Halo 2 Vista: shaders\shader_template\opaque\tex_bump_env_dbl_spec
      Affected shaders
      • Masterchief: objects\characters\masterchief\shaders\helmet_pilot_visor.shad
      • Marine Pilot: objects\characters\marine\shaders\masterchief_visor.shad
      [*][*]
 
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#2
Changes between H2V updates:
- No files outside of the root install directory are changed (No Maps or Fonts were changed).

H2V Client Update File Checksums (in order of Release, Patch 1, Patch 2):
Code:
  File: halo2.exe
CRC-32: 452ce3bc
CRC-32: c20218fc
CRC-32: bb83547e

  File: halo2.exe.cat
CRC-32: adf82160
CRC-32: 93ab2d3d
CRC-32: 908a12f4

  File: halo2.exe.cfg
CRC-32: 1a98cb27
CRC-32: 2c6a5bd4
CRC-32: acb7a90d

  File: ImeUiRes.dll
CRC-32: a203b442
CRC-32: 2f66bf7b
CRC-32: 4ada3c59

  File: mspac.dll
CRC-32: 11df68fa
CRC-32: f1c98dc7
CRC-32: 4774b457

  File: mspacres.dll
CRC-32: 52f76879
CRC-32: 5ecd3837
CRC-32: 6f0f834d

  File: mss32.dll
CRC-32: 3f81accd
CRC-32: 9a79029a
CRC-32: 195135b9

  File: mssdsp.flt
CRC-32: d9e4a4da
CRC-32: 577e5991
CRC-32: 89c0c142

  File: PCCompat.dll
CRC-32: cf5e5eb3
CRC-32: 6ec06714
CRC-32: da72b6ef

  File: Resource.dll
CRC-32: eb1233ab
CRC-32: 2687beda
CRC-32: 804d12ac

  File: SLDL_DLL.dll
CRC-32: 78deb642
CRC-32: ee3bead0
CRC-32: 128d8445

  File: sldlext.dll
CRC-32: 6c3b8275
CRC-32: 2177dcdc
CRC-32: 8342737e

  File: TnPCacheEngine.exe
CRC-32: e608e538
CRC-32: 8177652b
CRC-32: 951e5711

  File: TnPUI.dll
CRC-32: c891c27f
CRC-32: ff386d52
CRC-32: bae8702e

halo2.exe 1.0.0.11081:
- Public Release (Based on H2X 1.5).
- Windows Live v1.0 client.

halo2.exe 1.0.0.11091 (Patch 1):
- Updated to support Games for Windows Live v1.1 client.
- Removes code which displays Custom Map images in lobbies.
- Removed image of ASS in .ASS error.

halo2.exe 1.0.0.11122 (Patch 2):
- Updated to support Games for Windows Live v1.2 client.
- Added support for one new resolution: 1440x900.



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#3
Vertex Shaders
These shaders were changed from xbox format to direct x 9.0c format. Not only where the shaders recompiled in a new format, many shaders were removed and many were either renamed or added. Below is a list of vertex shaders that are exclusive to each platform​
  1. bloom
  2. effect_billboarded
  3. effect_parallel
  4. effect_parallel_pushed
  5. lens_flare_horrible_legacy
  6. lightaccum_frustum
  7. lightaccum_frustum_no_specular
  8. lightaccum_frustum_no_specular_gel
  9. lightaccum_frustum_tex_first_person_change_color
  10. lightaccum_sphere_diffuse
  11. lightmap_dynamic
  12. lightmap_dynamic_env
  13. lightmap_perpixel
  14. lightmap_perpixel_env
  15. lightmap_pervertex
  16. lightmap_pervertex_env
  17. stencil_debug_view
  18. stencil_shadow_cap_proj
  19. stencil_shadow_stitch_no_proj
  20. stencil_shadow_stitch_proj
  1. decorator
  2. decorator_decal
  3. lightaccum_frustum_no_specular_gel_tex_detail
  4. lightaccum_frustum_no_specular_tex_detail
  5. lightaccum_frustum_tex_detail
  6. lightaccum_frustum_tex_first_person
  7. lightaccum_frustum_tex_first_person_detail
  8. lightaccum_sphere_diffuse_tex
  9. lightaccum_sphere_diffuse_tex_detail
  10. lightmap_dynamic_tex_detail_blend
  11. lightmap_dynamic_tex_env_stencil
  12. lightmap_dynamic_tex_mark
  13. lightmap_dynamic_tex_stencil
  14. lightmap_perpixel_tex_detail_blend
  15. lightmap_perpixel_tex_env_stencil
  16. lightmap_perpixel_tex_mark
  17. lightmap_perpixel_tex_stencil
  18. lightmap_pervertex_tex_detail_blend
  19. lightmap_pervertex_tex_env_stencil
  20. lightmap_pervertex_tex_mark
  21. lightmap_pervertex_tex_stencil
  22. screen_0_stage
  23. screen_1_stage
  24. screen_2_stage
  25. screen_3_stage
  26. screen_4_stage
  27. screen_5_stage
  28. screen_6_stage
  29. screen_7_stage
  30. shadow_buffer_application_cinematic
  31. shadow_buffer_generation_cinematic
  32. shadow_buffer_generation_lightmap
  33. stencil_env
 
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