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.