When Bungie started the Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta on May 16th last week, I bet they didn’t expect modders like the 7th Columnist to go through the Beta’s source code and discovering some carefully hidden secrets from Halo 3! Please be aware that none of these are official until confirmed, but it should be obvious the beta is a build of the game incorporating many of the features/code from the final game.
Going through the list of onscreen text the blogger discovered this text for the party menus: “The game cannot start because all players are set to observer. Too many players for splitscreen. Only 2 players may play splitscreen coop on the same Xbox 360 console. The party size is too large to start the game. Up to 4 players may play coop on Xbox Live or System Link. Loading information from Xbox Live.”
New Halo 3 vehicles list: Mongoose, Warthog, Hornet (UNSC version of the Banshee), Pelican, Scorpion, Ghost, Brute Chopper, Spectre, Shadow, Banshee, Phantom, and Wraith.
New Halo 3 weapons list: Assault Rifle, Battle Rifle, Beam Rifle, Brute Shot, Carbine, Excavator, Gravity Hammer, Flamethrower, Magnum, Missile Launcher, Needler, Plasma Pistol, Plasma Rifle, Fuel Rod Cannon, Rocket Launcher, Shotgun, SMG, Sniper Rifle, Spartan Laser, Spiker, and Sword.
New Halo 3 matchmaking gametypes list:
CAPTURE THE FLAG
Invade your opponent’s stronghold, heist their flag, and bring it back to your base to score.
Kill as many of your opponents as you can. The player with the most points wins.
Find the ball and hold on to it to earn time. The player with the most time wins.
KING OF THE HILL
Gain control of the hill to earn time. Keep your opponents off and earn the most time to win.
Work together to take down the Juggernaut. Beware, you kill the Juggernaut, you become the Juggernaut, and only the Juggernaut can win.
Find and control the territories on the map. The more territories you control, the faster you earn time.
Destroy the Flood or become infected. Score points for killing flood or big points for infecting a human. The player with the most points wins.
Protect the V.I.P. from dying at the hands of your opponents. If you are the V.I.P., you must stay alive or your opponents score a point.
New Halo 3 gametype variations list: Team Slayer, Team Swords, Team Rockets, Team Shotguns, Team Fiesta, Team Phantoms, Slayer Duel, Sword Duel, Rifle Duel, Rumble Slayer, Rumble Swords, Rumble Rockets, Rumble Shotguns, Oddball, Fiesta Ball, Team Ball King, Phantom King, Crazy King, Team Crazy King, Multi Flag CTF, CTF Wraiths, CTF Classic, Shotgun CTF, 1 Flag CTF, 1 Flag CTF Fast, Multi Bomb Assault, Rapid Assault, Neutral Bomb, Neut. Bomb Fast, 3 Plots Land Grab.
New Halo 3 custom armor types list: Cobra, Intruder, Ninja and Regulator seem to be new armor types available for Spartan use in multiplayer, with the standard default Mjolnir selectable too. What’s interesting is that separate armor parts are listed for each of these new types also. Helmet, left and right shoulders, and body are all listed separately suggesting players will be able to mix and match parts essentially building their own Spartan. Similar listings are included for Elite use with fewer options than the Chief, Elite players are offered the choice of new Predator or Raptor types, or the standard default.
Here’s a list of achievements for Halo 3:
Halo 3’s release date around the world is September 25 and in Europe on September 26, 2007.