Halo 3: ODST

While Master Chief was off dishing out a beating to the Covenant on Delta Halo and High Charity in Halo 2, the Earth took a pounding from the Covenant while they set about digging up a Forerunner artifact buried in the African desert. It’s in the terrestrial side of the gap between Halo 2 and Halo 3 ODST is set, and in this gap the planetside war between UNSC and Covenant forces played out.

If there has been one main criticism of Halo 3 it’s that the Earth never feels as though it’s besieged by the Covenant forces, who are, we’re frequently told, running wild across the planet like Hulk Hogan. This mass pillaging is never really demonstrated well in-game, so the ODST expansion could be Bungie’s chance to show just how overrun the Earth was, and exactly how the war plays out, as well as bridging the Earthside continuity gap between Halo 2 and Halo 3.

So, what do we know? Well, ODST is being built by a small splinter team within Bungie for release in late 2009. It’s considered an ‘expansion’ by Bungie and not a full game, but will ship on its own disc and won’t require the original Halo 3 to play it. It’s a game that’s only entered production in the last few months, and isn’t a full two years’ worth of content. Bungie tell us it’ll be using brand new assets for a brand new story, but the project is in such an early state that all they’re prepared to show is their pre-rendered trailer. This was supposed to have debuted at this year’s E3, but was yanked at the last minute in favor of Microsoft’s show-stealing FFXIII reveal.

The aborted announcement makes sense given just how little was revealed by Bungie’s initial teaser, which would have made for a thoroughly underwhelming announcement; the proper trailer starring a new, for now unnamed, ODST hero reveals more, but it’s still short on facts. The trailer shows an ODST regiment falling to Earth using drop pods just as the Prophet of Truth exits the city by slipspace and leaves it in ruins. How many survive the drop is unknown, but one in particular exits in a ruined building in the heart of New Mombasa, finding it already occupied by Covenant forces, who at this point still incorporate Elites. The trooper sports custom armour and is carrying an all-new suppressed version of the SMG, looking notably smaller in his hands than in those of Master Chief.

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  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 4, 2008 4:27 p.m.

    what is up with my last comment? Christ
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 4, 2008 4:26 p.m.

    HALO VS HAZE at the olympic games lol
  • Defguru7777 - December 4, 2008 1:44 a.m.

    In the article, it's the Prophet of Regret, not Truth, that escapes New Mombasa. Sorry, just had to let my inner Halo nerd out. I'll put him back. Bungie, we (and Halo) will miss you. Hopefully Halo Wars and Halo: Chronicles will live up to the original trilogy. I'm glad I can haz Recon. With the Vidmaster Achievements in Halo 3 and the new Achievements in ODST, we'll all haz Recon!!
  • jar-head - December 4, 2008 1:38 a.m.

    This kinda sounds like the new Aliens Game thats coming out, besides it being a squad based shooter
  • GoldenMe - December 4, 2008 12:11 a.m.

    For those who dosn't go to They renamed the game to ODST so that it won't confuse players that think that they would be playing as a special Recon Sparten or soldier. Or something like that. Also, The SuperIntendent sounds beasts. Can't wait for this game to recieve hate and STILL sell millions!
  • lynx987 - December 3, 2008 11:24 p.m.

    FIRST J/K i think this will be epic
  • wylyb94 - December 10, 2008 12:39 a.m.

    is there any new vehicals
  • GasHead94 - December 7, 2008 11:19 p.m.

    A whole year to wait... I think people will get bored with halo 3 by then. Maybe Halo wars will keep people entertained for a while.
  • k1ng94 - December 6, 2008 4:06 a.m.

    Ohh that turned out all weird i ment O ld D ull S tory T ie-in ^_^
  • k1ng94 - December 6, 2008 4:04 a.m.

    O . D . S . T L U T I D L O E L R - Y I N All i want is the mythic map packs.
  • bron1417 - December 4, 2008 9:44 p.m.

    well at least its something more for halo
  • TheHiphopopotamus - December 4, 2008 6:40 p.m.

    Master Chief Vs Solid Snake at the Olympic Games XD. Okay. Firstly. I dont know why but I just dont like the idea of the Superintendent.... Thats all I really have to say...
  • suicidalstickman - December 4, 2008 4:28 p.m.

    They Chnged it From Halo 3 Recon to Halo 3 ODST Recenlty.
  • DirtyRainMan - December 4, 2008 9:56 a.m.

    Halo Galaxy would be nice too...xD
  • sed598 - December 4, 2008 4:43 a.m.

    I cant wait for Halo Super Destructo Kart
  • sed598 - December 4, 2008 4:42 a.m.

    I cant wait for Halo Super Kart
  • FancyRat - December 4, 2008 3:50 a.m.

    So it won't be any different than Halo AND they're going to rip off System Shock? For Chrissakes, they could re-release Halo 3 and sell millions. It looks like that's all this is.
  • Kilr - December 4, 2008 3:01 a.m.

    although it is very sad that we've seen the last of master chief, i am looking forward to this game. Although as of right now is only an expansion, who knows what they'll announce in the next year, so i'm not expecting anything at this point
  • WiLdFiRe567 - December 4, 2008 3 a.m.

    what if we could pick up jackal shields ala gears of war boom shield?
  • thor0997 - December 4, 2008 12:23 a.m.

    It feels bad not haveing anything to do with Halo after this, and actually it seems like their going to start to cash-cow the Halo franchise like they did with Tomb Raider and Sonic. :{