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This And That: Wednesday News Roundup

New Halo 2 screenshot and revamped Bungie website, third of three Hitman: Contracts trailers released, Saga of Ryzom goes into open beta.

Microsoft-owned dev studio Bungie has taken time out from developing Halo 2 to relaunch its website this week. The new-look site features launch-week sweepstakes (win a trip to the studio to see the game!), a downloadable MP3, Xbox Live Friends List integration and, best of all, a new screenshot. It's not the most exciting thing we've seen this week, to be honest, but it's a new screenshot of Halo 2, so we figured we'd mention it. Click here if the idea of the Master Chief in a cave with a pistol in each hand does things for you.

Eidos has released the third of three clips that chart "The Psychology of the Assassin", or at least the psychology of the bloke wielding the weapons in Io Interactive's forthcoming Hitman: Contracts, which is due out on PC, PS2 and Xbox this April 30th. Part three consists of another 90 seconds of brutal cold-blooded killing, and along with parts one and two ought to give you a taste of what to expect from Mr. 47 later in the month.

Nevrax's MMORPG Saga of Ryzom enters the open beta phase of development this week. Subscribers to download site Fileplanet can get their hands on the client right now, while the rest of you can get your claws on it next week. The client is also bundled as a DVD insert with various games magazines in the UK, France and Germany, so keep an eye out when you're next at the newsagents. For more information on the Saga of Ryzom, we recommend you refer to the official website, or these five fine screenshots.