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Halo 3: ODST

Platform(s): Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Bungie
Release Date: Sept. 22, 2009

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Halo Waypoint Launches, Halo Legends Previews Coming Nov. 7

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 5:19 p.m. PST

Halo 3: ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers) is a new chapter in the Halo saga that lets gamers experience events leading up to the epic story told in Halo 3 through the eyes of a new hero in the Halo universe. The stand-alone expansion extends the Halo 3 experience with hours of new campaign excursions and multiplayer gameplay.

Halo Waypoint brings all the richness of the "Halo" universe together in one place. Halo Waypoint features daily updates of fresh, exciting content such as developer interviews, trailers and screenshots, exclusive video footage, community activities and the latest "Halo" news.

In addition, Halo Waypoint includes an innovative career system that tracks players' accomplishments across multiple "Halo" games and gives them new ways to show off their heroic gameplay feats. By downloading and "enlisting" in Halo Waypoint, players will be rewarded with a variety of Bungie-created "Halo 3: ODST" Avatar Awardables for attaining specific Achievements in the game. Rewards vary from stylish T-shirts to full sets of ODST armor. The experience is retroactive, so if players have already unlocked the requisite Achievements, the awards will be ready for them once they enlist in Halo Waypoint.

Players can unlock the following Achievements to gain access to "Halo 3: ODST" Avatar Awardables:

Achievement TitleAchievement DescriptionAchievement Awardable
TouristAccessed and downloaded the city map to your VISR.ODST Black T-shirt
Dark TimesKilled 5 enemies while using VISR mode.ODST Hoodie
Campaign Complete: NormalCompleted the Campaign on Normal difficulty.ODST Rookie Helmet
Good SamaritanKilled no Engineers in the city at night during entire campaign, alone or with another ODST.ODST Full Body Armor
Vidmaster Challenge: EndureIn Firefight, on any mission, pass the 4th Set on 4-player Heroic LIVE co-opODST Dare Helmet (Female)
Recon Helmet (Male)

As a bonus for enlisting to Halo Waypoint, fans will receive a Monitor accessory for their Avatars modeled after the "Halo" character, 343 Guilty Spark. The Monitor will help fans find their way around Halo Waypoint, the new destination for all things "Halo" on Xbox LIVE.

The rollout of exciting new "Halo" content doesn't stop there. This Saturday, the first preview episode of the highly anticipated anime series, "Halo Legends," will debut only on Halo Waypoint. Set to be distributed in early 2010 by Warner Home Video, the rich anthology of anime short films will tell all-new stories in the epic "Halo" saga.

Written and created by an array of renowned anime studios and produced by 343 Industries, "Halo Legends" will explore never-before-told stories based on themes and characters in the vast "Halo" universe. Sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, previews of four new "Halo Legends" episodes will be available only on Halo Waypoint during 24-hour live-streaming events on Xbox LIVE over the next three months.

The first "Halo Legends" preview episode, "The Babysitter," is created by famed anime house STUDIO4˚C, and follows the story of a group of ODST's who reluctantly accept a Spartan sniper into their strike team. As they embark on a perilous mission to assassinate a high-ranking Covenant Prophet, old rivalries must be reexamined if the mission is to succeed. Watch what happens as the mission progresses into hostile territory, and both the Spartan and the ODST's discover something important about the other.

Following each preview episode on Xbox LIVE, fans will receive exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at each studio's creative process through "making of" specials.

Below is the current broadcast schedule of upcoming "Halo Legends" live-streaming events (subject to change):

EpisodeAiring Date
Introduction to "Halo Legends"11/05/09
"The Babysitter"11/07/09
Making of "The Babysitter"11/14/09
"The Duel"11/21/09
Making of "The Duel"11/28/09
"The Package" Part 112/5/09
Making of "The Package"12/12/09
"The Package" Part 212/19/09
Making of "The Package"12/26/09
"Origins" Part 11/2/10
Making of "Origins"1/9/10
Trailers of upcoming episodes2/2/10

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