Hired Gun

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This article is about a development team. For other meanings, see Hired Gun (disambiguation).
Hired Gun
Industry Computer and video games
Interactive entertainment
Fate Disbanded
Predecessor Gearbox Software
Founded Redmond, Washington, U.S. (February 2006 (2006-02))
Founder Microsoft Studios
Defunct November 6, 2007 (2007-11-06)
Headquarters Redmond, Washington, U.S.
Key people
Jo Clowes
Jim Geist
Matt Van Gorder
Evan Brandt
Domenic Keoplin
Matthew Priestley
Products Halo 2 for Windows Vista
Number of employees
Parent Microsoft Studios

Hired Gun was a medium sized development team created internally within Microsoft Studios, headed by project leader Jo Clowes. The team worked on the port of Halo 2 from its original Xbox edition, to a new and improved Windows Vista exclusive. The team consisted of approximately 50 members, divided between port coding, the development of the map editor and new multiplayer maps, as well as software testing. Their project, which became dubbed "Halo 2 Vista" or "H2V", was developed between early February 2006 and April 2007. Hired Gun provided patch support for the game up until October 2007, after which the team were dissolved and redistributed within Microsoft Studios to work on other projects.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Halo On Windows Vista - was that a patch". Halo 2 on Windows Vista forums. 2007-11-06. Correct, the Hired Gun team no longer exists, but that doesn't necessarily mean all support has been dropped. All it means is that I no longer know about any future patches, etc. [dead link]
  2. ^ "First FASA. Now Hired Gun, makers of Halo 2 Vista, no longer exists.". the Hushed Casket. 2007-11-12. 

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