It’s official: Microsoft Game Studios on Wednesday confirmed Halo 3 has “gone gold,” meaning the game is complete and shipped off for manufacturing, on track for its September 25 launch date.
The third and final installment in the mega-popular action series, which has already racked up more than a million units in preorder sales, once again stars Master Chief, an enhanced soldier determined to save mankind from a vicious alien race. Among other features, new to this Xbox 360 exclusive is high-definition graphics, cooperative play modes and the ability to record and share game highlights.
Because of violence and blood, Halo 3 will be rated "Mature" by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, therefore not suitable for players under 17 years of age. Three versions of the game will be available: Standard Edition ($69.99), Limited Edition ($79.99) and Legendary Edition ($149.99); the differences between all three are outlined at www.halo3.com.
And here’s an interesting bit of related news: Electronic Arts (www.ea.com) might be trying to take some of the wind out of Microsoft’s sails by announcing a free downloadable PC game demo for its upcoming sci-fi 3-D shooter, Crysis, on — you guessed it — September 25.