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$130 to be Legendary
Final chapter of Halo trilogy hits September 25

Originally believed to be released in the later parts of fall, Bungie just revealed that its hotly anticipated Halo 3 will see stores just two days into the season. Halo 3 will be released in North America on September 25, with the European release hitting the day after.

The announcement of Halo 3’s official release date comes just hours before the Halo 3 multiplayer public beta hits Xbox Live, currently scheduled for 5 a.m. PDT on May 16.

According to comments made by Bungie executive producer Jonty Barnes, much of Halo 3 is complete – all that remains are the finishing touches. “Essentially at this point in the project all the hard-planned scheduling time is behind us and we’re no longer reevaluating or unblocking dependencies, we’re moving into polish the game,” he said “What this means is when I’m looking at the game now it’s a representative experience and working with the team to make targeted and iterative improvements.”

So what does a hard street date mean for the developers? Barnes says, “Not much for Bungie, that’s been the plan for months and months. The only thing it does however is make the end seem very, very real to people.”

Although the earlier-than-expected ship date for Halo 3 is a mild surprise, word about the release date may have first slipped from Microsoft Games Studios’ Shane Kim, who said in a 1UP interview, “If [Bungie] can get [Halo 3] out before GTA4, they probably feel like that's better, sort of like Xbox 360 coming out before PlayStation 3.”

Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios announced in March that Halo 3 will come in three versions when it is released later this year. The Standard Edition ($59.99) will feature just the game. The Limited Edition ($69.99) will come on a metal collector’s case and will feature a bonus disc and art book. The Legendary Edition ($129.99) will come with a Spartan Helmet, two bonus discs and storyboard art.

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By FITCamaro on 5/16/2007 1:00:21 PM , Rating: 2
MGS4 is possibly coming to the 360 too. So if it did release along side Halo 3, it wouldn't hurt it.

By Timeless on 5/16/2007 1:27:41 PM , Rating: 2
Really? Do you have a source?

By encryptkeeper on 5/16/2007 3:47:08 PM , Rating: 2
Don't throw him in jail yet for Christs' sake. He said "possibly". You don't need a source for a "possibly". Besides, go to and look at the news pages for MGS4 and you'll probably see something like it, or even do a google search. Just don't get your panties in a wad.

By FITCamaro on 5/16/2007 5:10:28 PM , Rating: 1
Yes there has been rumors of MGS4 being on the 360 for a while now. GTA4 is definitely on both. And now Sony has said FFXIII is "not PS3 exclusive". If FFXIII goes to the 360 (I doubt it'll be on the Wii or PC) then Sony will have lost a major title that would sell its consoles.

By encryptkeeper on 5/16/2007 5:25:35 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure you'll see FF13 on the 360 as well as the PS3. The FF series is much more popular in the states than in Japan, and of course the 360 is bigger here as well. In fact, Sony will probably lose almost all of Square Enix. The Dragon Quest series is bigger in Japan than in the states, and in Japan Nintendo is definitely ahead of Sony. Dragon Quest 9 and DQ Swords? Nintendo exclusives (welcome home Square Enix!). They're just going where the money is.

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