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Bungie announces new Halo game

Bungie announces new Halo game

Very little is known about Bungie's Halo: Reach at the moment, but speculation is that it could be a prequel.

As E3 2009 rolls ever onwards the announcements keep on coming, with Bungie and Microsoft again teaming up to reveal a new Halo game for the Xbox 360 called Halo: Reach.

Unveiled at Microsoft's major press conference last night, there are currently very few firm details on what Master Chief fans can expect from the game, though more details will doubtlessly surface as E3 2009 continues. We'll keep you posted, obviously.

What we do know for now is that the game will probably be an Xbox 360 exclusive, obviously, and that it's due for release in Q4 2010 - which is quite the wait.

A short trailer for the game was shown at E3 2009 and depicted the fall of Reach, one of the last human strongholds and the turning point in the human-Covenant war. The destruction of Reach took place before the events of the original Halo too, which has fuelled speculation that Halo: Reach may be a prequel to the first game.

There are practically no other details available at the moment and it isn't even clear if players can expect to be playing a Spartan, regular Marine or even a Covenant soldier. All we do know is that a bonus multiplayer beta version of Halo: Reach will be included for everyone buying the next Halo game, Halo: ODST. Halo: ODST is scheduled to hit shelves on September 22nd.

Are you excited by the idea of a possible Halo prequel, or do you just wish Bungie would go fully independent and start making new games? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Volund 2nd June 2009, 12:57 Quote
might be decent depending on how they implement different parts of the story. Team based combat would be cool.

Perhaps games following the book series?
Rkiver 2nd June 2009, 13:11 Quote
Meh, I never saw the big deal about Halo in all honesty. Sure it's "the" fps for consoles. But when it comes to FPS in general a pc is where it's at. And Halo 1+2 were just not decent games on the pc.

Bet it'll sell very well though.
Skiddywinks 2nd June 2009, 13:12 Quote
I may have to buy ODST, depending on what this game actually is. I had so much fun with the Halo 3 beta.
samkiller42 2nd June 2009, 13:15 Quote
This looks good. The HD flash trailer can be found here: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-09-halo-reach/49985?type=flv

Looking forward to it, although, looking forward to ODST as well.

Sam
pizan 2nd June 2009, 13:31 Quote
There is a Halo book that is about the fall of Reach. Probably going to use that storyline.
Htr-Labs 2nd June 2009, 13:34 Quote
Still waiting on Halo 3 for PC.
Phil Rhodes 2nd June 2009, 13:37 Quote
Meet the new halo game!
[riff]
Same as the old halo game!
[riff]

Oh, I remember when Bungie used to make good games.
PT88 2nd June 2009, 15:03 Quote
MOOOOO, its milking time!!!
Jipa 2nd June 2009, 15:20 Quote
Yet another Halo and I still don't give a flying dung. How about making something new instead? :O
PT88 2nd June 2009, 15:26 Quote
Reminds me of Eidos and Tomb Raider!
Jojii 2nd June 2009, 16:14 Quote
i bet bungie employees are glad they still have a job
sub routine 2nd June 2009, 16:39 Quote
hmmm, buying a game for a beta sux a$$. wp microtwat$
D-Cyph3r 2nd June 2009, 18:05 Quote
Oh great, so now we're gonna have to put up with Halo fanboys crying like girls and cumming in their pants for a year and half till it's released....
docodine 2nd June 2009, 18:10 Quote
Bawww, isn't it just terrible that Bungie releases good games?

Anyway, if this is released for PC, and it's not garbage like Halo Wars, I'll get it. My Xbox is broken, and I don't feel like getting it fixed.
D3s3rt_F0x 2nd June 2009, 19:25 Quote
Great another sub-par Halo shooter to add to the rest, I can see it now, repetative gameplay, AI that resembles a 5 year old, repetative enviroments that all look the same and a rather terrible story line.

Likely to be a hit then.

The trailer also looks like a Homeworld rip off after the first mission when you return home.
sui_winbolo 2nd June 2009, 19:38 Quote
I feel the love in this thread.

Way to get your important and constructive opinions in there fellas! I usually go around ripping games I don't like either.
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Originally Posted by pizan
There is a Halo book that is about the fall of Reach. Probably going to use that storyline.

The trailer pretty much describes what happens in the book. I'm looking forward to it!
Rkiver 2nd June 2009, 19:43 Quote
I've read the Halo novels, they are actually rather good. It's unfortunate that the games that spawned them just isn't all that great. At least in my opinion.
Phil Rhodes 2nd June 2009, 19:52 Quote
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Way to get your important and constructive opinions in there fellas!

Oh, OK, then. Produce a sequel to Oni.

What d'you mean, you're too busy creating another forty-seven cookie-cutter first person shooters?
SMIFFYDUDE 2nd June 2009, 21:55 Quote
Read my comment in the Metal Gear Solid article. Just replace Metal Gear Solid with HALO.
sui_winbolo 2nd June 2009, 22:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
Oh, OK, then. Produce a sequel to Oni.

What d'you mean, you're too busy creating another forty-seven cookie-cutter first person shooters?

Mhm. *yawn*
wuyanxu 2nd June 2009, 22:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Htr-Labs
Still waiting on Halo 3 for PC.
same, although always felt there are better games on the PC.

on xbox though, Halo series is the best you can get really.
Skiddywinks 2nd June 2009, 22:41 Quote
As far as console shooters go, it is easily leagues above anything else. When compared to a lot of PC shooters, it loses it's appeal a bit, but it is still far from a bad game.

<3 Spartan Laser
Solidus 2nd June 2009, 22:56 Quote
Really dont understand how you can hate a game like halo?

After each installment it has got noticibly better? Halo 2 improved on 1, 3 added so much with great online play, the forge, custom maps, insane physics etc etc...

And then people make ignorant comments like "OH MOOO MILKING NOT AGAIN"..

I really dont understand, so enlighten me please;

What do you expect? Perhaps command and conquer x35 or final fantasy 143 or super mario galaxy (which is just like supermario 64 with better graphics and hey....a fancy new controller)

My point is games are going to be similar yes and if you have such a well established franchise and you are actually making good games for it (which bungie have done with Halo...though admittedly I havnt played Halo wars) then whats the problem?

They have made improvements over the last game right? what developer doesnt use the same tech or franchise at times? Bioshock ala System shock 2?

Oh no another Metal Gear solid!! nooo...oh wait its graphically better with more depth, more moves, weapons, different environments, situations....etc etc...BUT WE DONT WANT ANOTHER METAL GEAR! GIVE US SOMETHING NEWWWW! -

I get it, some of you dont like Halo or see the hype behind it and il admit - there is hype behind it but one thing il say is I never understood what made halo 3 so great until I sat down and played it with Blademrk and Mikeuk2006 from these forums...and we had one helleva time playing it together completing it on legendry mode...and then I saw the appeal....some like the single player, some like online multiplayer battles...and some like me like the co-op...its a solid game...


Any game these days will be a rip off of another...coming up with something completely different is difficult, time consuming and costs money....if something is selling and there is interest and an established community that follows it - why not? The halo games are actually pretty good and im not even a halo fan.

I would look at what most critics say about it and games simply dont sell because they suck, they sell because they are good; hell look at bionic commando? words out it sucks, it is doing horribly...or how about Haze? after all the hype too?

atleast back up your arguments.
talladega 2nd June 2009, 23:09 Quote
I remember when Halo 3 was going to come out. All the people at school were going psycho skipping school to buy it. Few days later no more talk of the game. I ask how the game is and I get "it's good". I suspect it will be the same with this next one. Mega hype until it comes out and then just meh. Sure Halo 3 sold a crapton but I'm sure majority of sales come from kids who think they are 1337 and I wouldn't wanna play with them anyways.

But hey I've never liked Halo. I've played it and it's ok but I would never buy it. I'll stick with Socom which I think is a much more hardcore game and I personally think is more skill based.
sui_winbolo 3rd June 2009, 00:53 Quote
The only thing I hate about Halo is that it's so popular. The online community is terrible. Nothing to do with the game, but with the players. There are so many rude and annoying people, it's not fun playing if you aren't in a party chat. Party chat is a godsend. You can talk with just your party and play Halo 3. Don't have to deal with annoying and whining immature kids.
themax 3rd June 2009, 17:56 Quote
Wait, I thought Bungie wanted to wash their hands of Halo when they left Microsoft's umbrella. I'm guessing Microsoft welcomed them back into the fold when Bungie realised how hard it would be to release Halo without their name on it. Halo Wars must have been killing them inside.
sui_winbolo 3rd June 2009, 20:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by themax
Wait, I thought Bungie wanted to wash their hands of Halo when they left Microsoft's umbrella. I'm guess Microsoft welcomed them back into the fold when Bungie realised how hard it would be to not release Halo without their name on it. Halo Wars must have been killing them inside.

Hahaha

I can see why people don't like Halo Wars. It really does have flaws when it comes to strategy.

Overall, fun campaign, amazing cutscenes, mediocre multiplayer. Fun if you play against friends or even bots though.
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