It's the final act in Bungie's "epic trilogy." The developers have likened it to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It's the sequel to the Xbox 1 game that made more money in a day than blockbuster movies make in a weekend. With Grand Theft Auto going multiplatform and Sony pumping the brakes on Gran Turismo, Halo 3 is unquestionably 2007's biggest exclusive gun. And Microsoft wants you to know that fact...now! The marketing bonanza for this first-person shooter has already begun, with its preorder campaign in full swing, a mystery-filled CG trailer, and this spring's multiplayer beta (for which you may have to pay to participate).
Now, about some of that trailer's ambiguities: Cagey Bungie reps posted on the Halo.Bungie.org message boards about the Chief's pistol, which in some images looks to be the overpowered M6D pistol from Halo: Combat Evolved. When one poster believed that the pistol was just the Magnum from Halo 2, a Bungie employee replied: "You sure? I've seen some other angles supporting the contrary belief which are far more convincing." The good pistol returns? "The official name for it is actually the MJOLNIR Spherical-Shield-that-bursts-from-ftefum-of-fhe-Jed-like-thermal-deto-nator. It doesn't actually roll off the tongue, so there's a high likelihood that the name will change." The "it" Bungie Community Lead Brian Jarrard is talking about is the trailer's greatest enigma: a big bubble that protects the supersoldier from an incoming salvo from one of the retooled Wraiths. Is this shield generator the secret to the X button? Is it just one item from a new school of ONI-powered gadgets? Ninjas from inside the "Pimps at Sea" (a codename for Halo 3) alpha said that, right now, "the X button is just Teamspeak." Expect that button's functionality to change...if Bungie wants their trilogy to end as strong as Mr. Jackson's did.
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A recent interview with composer Marty O'Donnell revealed that developer Bungie is indeed working on stuff besides Halo3 could itbethat long-rumored Xbox Live Arcade game?
Anyway, the studio's weekly website update at lbunqie.net has trickled out an obvious Halo3 bit: the return of the Warthog. As for not-so-obvious info, Franl O'Connor the ;iBungie Weekly Update scribe, has confirmed that, in addition to daily Halo 3 multiplayer sessions, the guys around the office are now meeting on a regular basis to run through some of the game's campaign scenarios. Also, Weapon Designer Tom Doy e recently confirmed the return of the Beam Rifle (the Covenant sniper). "The Covenant sniper is one of my favorite weapons it just feels so powerful," he said. I wanted to emphasize that in the new version, so we're adding some detail that will really show off the building energy in the weapon." Now, could you pay that much attention to improving the wimpy Needier?
And in Halo movie (2008) news, author DB Weiss sa d he's now working on a second draft of the script.