Halo 3 release set for September, sources claim

The next opus in Bungie Studios’ popular Xbox first-person shooter series, Halo 3, may hit stores well before the holiday season this year. IGN says it has heard from two independent sources who asked to remain anonymous that Halo 3 will come out some time in September. Those sources are reportedly a “big-name publisher” as well as a “well-established development house” that is close to Bungie.

A September launch would position the title’s release much further away from the holiday season than the original Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, which both came out in North America in mid-November, right between Thanksgiving and Christmas. According to the development house that talked to IGN, Microsoft hopes that getting the title out early will give it a head start on the competition. However, when quizzed by IGN, a Microsoft rep only reiterated that the company planned to release Halo 3 some time in the fall.

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    • Sniper
    • 14 years ago

    Hey cool, another game I’m not buying.


    • DragonFli
    • 14 years ago

    This doesn’t seem likely, Bungie has traditionally released products in November, and that would certainly fall into their announce Fall launch window…
    They probably will go Gold & RTM in September…

    • Bill Clo
    • 14 years ago

    I haven’t even been able to get Halo 2 for the PC, so why would I bother to get Halo 3? Especially if it REQUIRES Vista? Bah.

      • albundy
      • 14 years ago

      huh? halo3 wont be hitting the PC rack for a couple of years until ms has milked it dry for xbox360. so, i’d say by 2010 it might be out.

    • alphaGulp
    • 14 years ago

    I was surprised to read on GameSpot that the PC version of Halo3 won’t support DX10, yet will still require Vista to install. I’m goofing off at work so I don’t have the GameSpot link handy…

    The reason for the Vista dependency is that Halo3 will use the special Vista install model, where you pop in the DVD and the game plays ‘immediately’ while installing in the background. It will also make use of Windows Live for online gaming, I believe.

    Pretty lame reason for making it Vista-only. You only install a game for a few minutes and quickly forget about that.

    I find it hard to believe that Halo3 is going to be a really big deal, but I guess we’ll see. Console players seem to be relatively easy to please with FPS games.

      • BKA
      • 14 years ago

      i think you meant Halo 2. Halo 3 hasn’t been announced for PC yet, but we’ll probably see Halo 3 on PC in 2009.

      • ludi
      • 14 years ago

      Microsoft is using Halo2 to try and milk gamers into a Vista dependency habit. Meanwhile, I’ll be playing Crysis on my XP system.

        • SPOOFE
        • 14 years ago

        Makes me glad I’ve already played all I need to play of Halo 2. I’ll with ya about Crysis… and at least half a dozen other games that have so much more of my attention.

      • Mithent
      • 14 years ago

      It will install automatically? I hope that doesn’t become standard.. how does it know where I want to install it? I don’t necessarily want it on C:, and definitely not in Program Files.

    • droopy1592
    • 14 years ago



    Too bad I’m looking more forward to Smash Brothers Brawl and the next mario kart instead.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 14 years ago

      Yes, yes, So am I. Although I don’t have a Wii yet…….

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