We all hoped it wasn't true, but the rumor of Halo 2 being pushed back was officially confirmed by Bungie.
"So remember last year when we told you we don't announce release dates until we're confident we'll meet our deadline? Well now were confident. Halo 2 will ship in Fall, 2004. Please make a note of it.
Since you are our most important audience we wanted to tell you first. We've enjoyed your support, your patience and your loyalty, so this is the least we could do.
There will be a fair number of new details and announcements to follow over the next few months, and of course there's always E3."
Well, it doesn't look like we'll be seeing Halo 2 until atleast September. Bungie also released the first ever multiplayer screenshot of the game. The picture is attached to this article for your convenience. A showing of Halo 2 at E3 is very likely, PALGN will have more information in coming months.