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A "Halo 3" for Everyone: Three Editions of 2007's Most Anticipated Video Game Are Coming This Fall

> First details emerge, including the ultra-collectible Legendary Edition,
> complete with documentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, developer
> commentaries, rare art and more.
> Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios today confirmed the first
> exciting details of the three editions of this year's most anticipated
> video game release, "Halo(r) 3." Gamers will have their choice of
> Standard Edition, Limited Edition and the ultimate collector's item, the
> Legendary Edition.
> The Legendary Edition ($129.99 U.S. ERP*) will be released in limited
> quantities and arrive in a highly collectible Spartan helmet case that
> no hardcore "Halo" fan should be without, along with two bonus disks
> full of supplemental content. The first disk will provide exclusive,
> behind-the-scenes footage and videos, including a high-definition
> "Making of 'Halo 3'" documentary showcasing the Bungie team and its
> effort to create the most anticipated title in the industry's history;
> numerous high-definition featurettes documenting the creative design
> processes involved in developing the game; and even a look at some early
> game concepts and their evolution through the game's development. The
> disk will also include an audio-visual calibration tool, never before
> seen on a video game and custom designed by the "Halo 3" graphics and
> audio team to make the most of fans' high-definition home theaters, for
> the ultimate "Halo 3" and Xbox 360(tm) audio and video performance.
> The second bonus disk, an exclusive to the Legendary Edition, will
> include completely remastered cinematic material from "Halo: Combat
> Evolved" and "Halo 2," supplemented with developer commentaries, to
> provide a refresher course on the thrilling "Halo" story so far, and a
> featurette documenting a day in the life at Bungie. Exclusive content
> from the creative minds behind Machinima artists "Red vs. Blue" and
> "This Spartan Life" will also be included.
> Finally, fans who purchase the Legendary Edition will receive an
> illuminating collection of original "Halo 3" storyboard art from artist
> Lee Wilson, depicting key moments and pivotal scenes from the epic
> cinematic production of "Halo."
> The Limited Edition ($69.99 U.S. ERP*) will also include a bounty of
> extras. Within a sleek metal collector's case, gamers will also receive
> the first bonus disk found in the Legendary Edition, as well as a
> special "Halo" fiction and art book. A must-have for "Halo" collectors
> and a source of invaluable and exclusive information, the piece is an
> elaborate and compelling guide to the species and factions that inhabit
> the worlds of the "Halo" universe, with never-before-seen art and story
> elements that expand and illustrate the depth and breadth of the "Halo"
> fiction.
> And for those who crave nothing more than the highly anticipated third
> chapter to one of the greatest gaming trilogies, the Standard Edition
> ($59.99 U.S. ERP*) will consist of the "Halo 3" game.
> "Halo 3" represents the third chapter in the "Halo" trilogy, a Marvel
> Entertainment Inc. graphic novel series, apparel and more.
> About Bungie Studios
> Bungie Studios was founded in 1991 with two goals: to develop games that
> combine brilliant technology, beautiful art, intelligent stories and
> deep gameplay, and then sell enough of those games to achieve its real
> goal of total world domination. Over the past 10 years it has produced
> games such as the "Marathon Trilogy" and the first two "Myth" games,
> hailed as classics by critics and gamers around the world. Bungie's
> "Halo" franchise is an international award-winning action title that has
> grown into a global entertainment phenomenon, selling more than 14.7
> million units worldwide, logging over 800 million hours of multiplayer
> action on Xbox Live and spawning action figures, books, a graphic novel,
> apparel, an upcoming film adaptation and more. Bungie is currently at
> work on "Halo 3," which represents the third chapter in this "Halo"
> trilogy and is slated for release in 2007. More information on Bungie
> can be found at http://www.bungie.net.
> About Microsoft Game Studios
> Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of
> games for the Xbox(r) and Xbox 360 video game systems, the Microsoft(r)
> Windows(r) operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network
> of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating
> innovative and diverse games for Windows
> (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as "Age of
> Empires(r)," "Flight Simulator" and "Zoo Tycoon(r)"; Xbox and Xbox 360
> (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as "Gears of War" and
> franchises such as "Halo," "Fable(r)," "Project Gotham Racing(r)" and
> "Forza Motorsport(tm)"; and MSN(r) Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the
> official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as
> "Bejeweled" and "Hexic(r)."

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