Halo 3: ODST Releases Worldwide, Marking Bold New Chapter for Critically Acclaimed Halo Franchise

September 22, 2009

“Halo 3: ODST” Releases
Worldwide, Marking Bold New Chapter for Critically Acclaimed “Halo” Franchise

The latest addition to the
blockbuster Xbox 360 series delights fans and critics alike with a gripping new
story and riveting cooperative multiplayer gameplay

The wait is finally over. Today, a
new chapter in the legendary “Halo” saga opens up with the highly anticipated
launch of “Halo 3: ODST.” After finishing the fight with Master Chief in “Halo
3,” players now have the opportunity to take a step back in time and experience
the “Halo” universe from a whole new perspective.

Last night, more than 7,000 retail
stores in the United States and a host of retailers in other countries opened
their doors at midnight to usher in a flood of fans who sought to be the first
to play the critically acclaimed title. Launch festivities were capped off with
a “Halo” franchise celebration at the Experience Music Project | Science Fiction
Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, where Bungie and 343 Industries luminaries
were on hand to meet and greet fans and celebrate the launch together.

Xbox 360 exclusive “Halo 3: ODST” is
already winning critical acclaim from the nation’s top media outlets. Here’s
what they are saying about the game:

“The best Halo game yet,” and “An
action-packed thrill ride from start to finish.”

–Game Pro

“It’s part Blade Runner, part Saving
Private Ryan, and yet in the end it’s still definitely Halo.”

–1UP.com

“ODST is simply an excellent game.”

–G4TV’s X-Play

With “Halo 3: ODST,” developer
Bungie takes the “Halo” franchise into all new territory. Players are put in the
boots of an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper, some of the toughest and bravest
soldiers of the UNSC. Players must search for clues to find out what happened to
their squad when a drop into the city of New Mombosa goes wrong, and discover
the secret behind the Covenant’s interest in the city.

In addition to a full-fledged
campaign, “Halo 3: ODST” introduces Firefight, a new cooperative multiplayer
mode where up to four players battle waves of unrelenting Covenant onslaughts.
The game also introduces three new “Halo 3” competitive multiplayer maps and
contains the complete, standalone “Halo 3” multiplayer experience on a second
disc. “Halo 3: ODST” will also act as a key to entry into the “Halo: Reach”
multiplayer beta at a later date.

The “Halo” franchise is an
award-winning collection of properties that have grown into a global
entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original “Halo: Combat Evolved” for
Xbox in 2001, the rich fiction of the franchise has since inspired a series of
blockbuster Xbox and Xbox 360 video games, New York Times best-selling novels,
comic books, action figures, apparel and more.

Published by Microsoft Game Studios,
the “Halo” franchise of games is exclusive to the Xbox 360 video game and
entertainment system and the games are optimized for the Xbox LIVE online
entertainment network. To date, more than 27 million copies of “Halo” games have
been sold worldwide, driving more than 2 billion hours of gameplay by people
connected to Xbox LIVE.

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visit www.bungie.net.