Halo 3: ODST

So what else? Well, we know what ODST isn’t. It’s not a tactical shooter like Ghost Recon, or a stealth game. In spite of early speculation, Bungie’s hiring of former Ghost Recon creative director Christian Allen isn’t relevant – Allen isn’t working on the title, but on a secret project. At TGS, Bungie’s Luke Smith explained how the soldier wearing the unusual custom ODST armor is a lone soldier in an occupied city, and that it would absolutely play like old times, discounting the possibility of any Rainbow Six-style squad mechanics. That said, Smith also explained on the NeoGAF forums that playing as an ODST would differ from playing as a Spartan, likely on account of the human’s smaller stature and greater vulnerability.

While Master Chief stands a whopping seven feet tall and can easily handle an Elite one-on-one, regular humans tend to get mauled by Covenant opposition. As tough as the ODSTs are, they’re not typically equipped with Mjolnir armor with Covenant-style regenerating shields, but it’s so critical to the combat mechanic that the custom armour worn by ODST's hero will incorporate a similar shield system. Guiding him along the way will be the Superintendent – an AI responsible for the day-to-day running of the city. When Brutes investigate the area where our new hero’s drop pod landed, the Superintendent activates and deactivates lights to shroud the ODST in shadow and illuminate Brutes, before offering guidance to the trooper on the screens still left standing in the city’s ruins. While the Superintendent can’t talk, it does have its own agenda, and how closely that tallies with your mission isn’t confirmed.

Among the least welcome of Bungie’s confirmations about the game came the announcement that ODST would be what they’re calling an ‘exclamation point’ for the legendary series. It is absolutely and finally the last Halo product with which Bungie themselves will be involved, and is being built by a team of ‘elders’ who have been working on the series since the beginning. All future Halo games will come straight from Microsoft Games Studios’ new Halo team, or farmed out to third parties, which makes Halo 3 ODST the very last hurrah for Bungie’s part in the Haloverse ever ever... at least until catastrophe befalls their next game and it sells under 100k, obviously.

It may ultimately turn out to be little more than an expansion pack, but with new characters, new weapons, new environments, and a whole new campaign, it’s a hefty expansion, and you can guarantee that after the epic Halo 3 rollout, Microsoft will be pushing it as the biggest single event on Earth since the birth of the baby Jesus himself.

Dec 3, 2008


  • 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. :{

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