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.
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