Forget Master Chief. Meet Halo's new hero

Bungie's under-wraps Halo project has finally been revealed. Halo 3: Recon is a standalone expansion that drops itself into the series timeline directly before the events of Halo 3. And that means we'll get to see what happened on Earth before Master Chief's final showdown with the Covenant in the concluding part of the trilogy. But the iconic green-suited Spartan isn't the main man in Recon. Instead, players will take charge of an as-yet unnamed Orbital Drop Shock Trooper.

The brand new Halo 3: Recon trailer and images released by Bungie gives us a quick meet and greet with Recon's all new body-suited bad ass...

Fully paid-up Halo heads will already be familiar with ODSTs, as they've previously appeared in Halo's 2 and 3. So what do we know about ODSTs? Have some trivia:

  • They're renowned for being bat-shit brave, which helps as they're generally the first to be dumped into enemy territory.
  • Insertion into enemy territory is usually achieved by the use of a Human Entry Vehicle - a pod-like craft that carries a single ODST.
  • ODSTs are nicknamed 'Hell Jumpers', supposedly because of the inferno-like heat that they must endure upon re-entry inside an HEV.
  • Their body-suit is equipped with comms gear, thermal and motion detectors, a short supply of oxygen and a cooling system that ensures they're infrared invisible.
  • On the battlefield they've been seen carrying battle rifles, shotguns and sniper rifles.
  • They are known to fight in squads consisting of up to four ODSTs.

In the official Halo 3: Recon blurb released by Microsoft it promises that players will be required to use more elements of "stealth and cunning than ever before". And with the implications of the Recon sub-title and the appointment of an ODST protagonist, it seems pretty set that Bungie is cooking up something different from the usual guns-blazing Halo ethic.

Besides the new hero and campaign missions, Halo 3: Recon, which has been dated for release late 2009, will also come with a bunch of new multiplayer maps, all of which will support the Forge editor.

Based on informed guesswork and what little hard fact we know about the game, we have to say we like the sound of where Bungie is going with Recon. A Halo without Master Chief in the driving seat is certainly a brave move - as is a shift towards more squad and stealth focused action, if indeed that's where it's headed - but we're all up for some diversification so would gladly welcome a shake-up rather than a safe-bet.

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  • hixxyboy - October 21, 2008 12:52 a.m.

    and yes the halo wars and the peter jackson movie are coming but is that gunna bring back the chief..i heard its a strategic game
  • Avsareone - October 20, 2008 2:56 a.m.

    MadCowDisease must not have beaten the game on Legendary or searched the legendary ending on Youtube. Master Chief didnt ____. I am not going to completely spoil it for you noobs who haven't seen it yet. Also they have Halo Wars, and The Peter Jackson Halo coming sometime.
  • buzsaw6000 - October 19, 2008 3:23 p.m.

    the stealth idea looks cool but will it have new wepons
  • Clorben - October 15, 2008 1:05 a.m.

    there is no Halo 4, but there will be Halo Wars, WHICH IS GOING TO BE AWESOME!!! and recon looks like a sweet game i can't wait for it, i am a devoted halo fan to the end (altho i do play other games) i cant wait for more news
  • MadCowDisease - October 14, 2008 12:35 p.m.

    Maybe they plan on splitting the series into two seperate ways, maybe not. Hopefully it'll be something cool like how the LOTR movie turned out, where they all separated from each other, and eventually tied in together at the end. Halo 2 did that with the arbiter side of the story and then the Chief's side of the story. I'm sure it won't be as successfull though due to tactical and stealth shooters being of the last generation of games...
  • Smeggs - October 14, 2008 3:13 a.m.

    Since Guns ablaze was their money maker, I'm sure that after awhile in the game you'll find a shotgun or something and just end up hopping out and blasting everything in the face with some buckshot. Bunjie is making some claims to have this game different, but there've been many games that claimed that...and then halfway through you get back to the old ways. But hey, at least its something Halo-y. And hopefully it is stealth, I greatly enjoyed the stealth level in CoD4, and would love to have a whole game like that mixed with Halo.
  • SN1P3D - October 12, 2008 6:03 p.m.

    th4t l00kz k1nd4 k00l... ab0ut t1m3 bung13 g0t 0n b04rd w1th st34lth
  • kvizzle23 - October 11, 2008 3:17 p.m.

    i wonder if its like a downloadable content or you have to buy a disk hope its downloadable cause i dont wanna spend more money on this even though it looks worth it. All the new gaems comin out GoW2 Dead Space and a bunch more. Gotta Save! :)
  • familyguy829 - October 11, 2008 5:58 a.m.

    It's going to be a standalone disk.
  • Cwf2008 - October 11, 2008 4:11 a.m.

    Well Halo 3 was supposed to be great but it cant wait to see how Bungie screws up this game
  • Bri77777 - October 11, 2008 2:23 a.m.

    Some serious shit is gonna go on during this game!
  • Defguru7777 - October 11, 2008 12:50 a.m.

    This is going to be freaking sweet!
  • unknown_wastelander - October 11, 2008 12:02 a.m.

    ok im guessing that bungie had just read the books about halo cause thats the armor the third gen of the spartan program thats on planet onyx
  • pedro - October 10, 2008 11:28 p.m.

    jigglesbig, ill assume youve never played COD 4. well, stealth worked extremely well in that first person shooter (the mission at Chernobyl) i hope its not DLC, id prefer it to be a full length game with a story. DLC is always a hassle with them darn Microsoft Points
  • Vashct - October 10, 2008 5:26 p.m.

    This takes place before the actual events that transpired in Halo 3 right? What if this is actually john or better known as spartan 117 or if it still isn't catching your mental grasp "Master Chief". The spartans were a group of genetically engineered soldiers who were cybernetic or cyborgs which could be related to ODSTs that could of signed up to be augmented into the revered "Spartan Soldier", kind of like the way Cpn. America was originally a soldier who signed up for the super soldier program from the marvel series. This game allegedly takes place before the events in Halo 3 so it is a possibility that the soldier from the trailer isn't in fact someone "new" but perhaps someone who "Will Be" the all too well known Master Chief.
  • shadowless92 - October 10, 2008 12:31 p.m.

    ok this looks sick tbh i thought halo was sick but it got borin all 3 games was same shit lol but i like this new twist i think master chief was great and he will be missed im hopin this new guy is secretly master chief lol thingers crossed
  • Conradical126 - October 10, 2008 1:53 a.m.

    i would like to see a cover feature and run button
  • Falconite221 - October 10, 2008 1:26 a.m.

    sweet i love stealth based shooters, hopefully some stealth is intergrated into PVP instead of just campaign. i better get some more microsoft points soon and find my copy of halo
  • 4444 - October 9, 2008 11:46 p.m.

    i think Avsareone is right, it does look familiar...heck, i can point out a specific area in the trailer that was in halo 2
  • troglydyte - October 9, 2008 11:30 p.m.

    I think the only reason I would buy this was because I'm a Halo fan. I would like to see how stealth and not be a complete juggernaut like MC

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