Check out the first look at both the Legendary ($99.99) and Collectors ($69.99) special edition boxes of Halo 3. While the game is expected to arrive this fall in November, rumors have been circulating the web it might be released in September if Bungie finishes the Xbox 360 exclusive FPS game ahead of schedule.
While there are no details yet on what’s included in the Collectors Edition, the Halo 3 Legendary Edition comes packed in a Halo Spartan Mjolnir Mark VI Helmet replica and Teamxbox says it includes:
* Behind-the-scenes at Bungie Studios with new insights into the Halo Universe and the making of Halo 3.
* A special hi-res collection of all cinematics from Halo 1 and Halo 2 with director commentary from the Bungie Team bonus.
* Community content from Red vs. Blue, This Spartan Life and Exclusive Gamer Tiles & a Theme.
* Each unit will be serialized for added individuality and collectability.
Update: The Halo 3 Legendary Edition price has gone up from $100 to $130. 🙁
Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios today confirmed the first details of the three editions of this year’s most anticipated video game release, “Halo 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. Estimated Retail Price) 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 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. Estimated Retail Price) 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. Estimated Retail Price) 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.
Update June 8th: Bungie adds more details to all Editions.