The countdown could also mean the release of the single player demo. I doubt Halo 2 will come out before Nov. 9. It could mean anything really, but I am hoping for the demo prediction. Why? Because the next issue of OXM(Official Xbox Mag), comes out on Aug. 24, which is when the countdown ends...too much of a coincidence?
I've tried to play the game a couple of times and its just ... blah I guess for some people it's crack .. for others it's trash .. to each their own.