Halo 3 ODST Priced at 60 USD

Halo 3 ODST was originally planned as something of an expansion pack, hence the “Halo 3” in the title. Bungie developer Brian Jerrard stated “we’re not viewing this as sort of a full game release in the sense of Halo 3.” Another Bungie employee, Joe Staten, was even more blunt, explaining that “we do not view this as a $60 dollar title.” Bungie described Halo 3 ODST as a short game, with a campaign 3-5 hours in length.

However, Bungie and Microsoft have apparently changed their minds, as Halo 3 ODST is now a full priced, $60 dollar title. Microsoft claims that the project has become more ambitious over time, and that Halo 3 ODST includes a reasonable amount of content that justifies the full price tag. Bungie and Microsoft have been evasive over the issue of exactly how long the campaign will be, neglecting to answer questions from journalists over whether it will be the short 3-5 hour campaign originally planned.

To clarify for those readers who haven’t heard exactly what Halo 3 ODST offers, it includes the following components: a new campaign set between the events of Halo 2 and 3, a 4 player co-operative mode called “Firefight” most similar to the Gears of War 2 Horde mode, and a second disc with the Halo 3 multiplayer experience, including all of the Halo 3 maps offered in DLC. There is no new multiplayer component, as persistent rumours have falsely claimed. The multiplayer component is identical to that released in the original Halo 3, which came out two years ago in September 2007. The only new content is the story campaign and the Firefight co-operative mode.

Halo 3 ODST is scheduled to release this fall on the Xbox 360 console. Be sure to check out our preview of the game.

Is Halo 3 ODST’s final price a good deal, or a corporate cash-in? Let us know what you think in our comments section.

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  1. $60 is steep, but if it has a crapload of content, then I might consider shelling out on it. Either way though, it’ll fall in price by the time I’m done with COD’s zombie mode, I’m getting good at it. XD

  2. yah full game cost is not worth a smaller expansion pack, they did the same thing with Diablo 2 expansion pack.. but at least that was brand new levels, new characters and full campaigns. From the sounds of it this is a short addition, a small additional campaign (lets face it 3-5 hour campaign? most of us can finish that in a day and be bored)… Microsoft cash grab? how are their stocks doing? haha..

  3. Diablo 2’s addon wasn’t all that much. They had plenty of disk space, why not use it to add 3 or 4 new areas total? It did add some really nice things, but they could’ve added a lot more.

    I was PISSED when I saw that they nerfed the Sorceress. Before that, I quite literally blanketed the battlefield in firewalls, hydras, and meteors.

  4. The Diablo II expansion did add a decent amount of campaign for an add on, and I don’t think it was sold full price either. I remember PC games back then being 30-40 bucks not that long after release, and I don’t recall Diablo II’s expansion costing that much.

    Like Starcraft, they were usually sold in that Battle Chest thing that sold both of em for 40 bucks or whatever.

    The Starcraft expansion Brood War was a good deal too, added a campaign just as long as the first game’s and a bunch of new units that were all well balanced.

    Halo 3 ODST on the other hand…well, another editor and myself are writing an article soon about what we think of the new price.

  5. Looking forward to it, you guys write some good articles on this site. Seriously, it’s quiet but you guys do know how to write.

  6. Thanks. We did some reviews that got buried quickly by the new articles, but they’re back there if you’re interested in reading them. Fable II, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2, Call of Duty: World at War, Left 4 Dead and more of them are back in the older articles.

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