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In a recent Game Informer article I read, it is stating that Halo 3 is not in production.. Here is the article from issue 156 on p 18

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Is it true that there will be no Halo 3? If you ask Bungie or Microsoft, the current answer will be, "Yes". In fact, at the time of this writing, both companies have flat-out denied that Halo 3 even exists. And yet the game has not only been the constant subject of talk and rumors by both fans and the industry itself, online retailers have thrown up bogus release dates form time to time to stir up the masses. How can a game that supposedly does not even exist by speculated about so much? We know that Bungie is working on various projects, and despite employment advertisements asking what applicants love "combat on the high seas," Game Informer has learned through its network of industry spy pirates that Bungie's next release will be a Halo Xbox 360 project. However, as of now, it's not even called Halo 3.

The relentless confusion over Halo 3 starts with powers that be at Bungie. Shortly after the release of Halo 2, the company's studio manager Pete Parsons told the BBC, "After Halo 2 we are planning to do something different. We will do something else and have a few ideas." The led the public to the logical conclusion that the next project wouldn't be Halo-related. None other than Microsoft's Bill Gates himself put down the gauntlet on Halo 3 and seemingly confirmed the game's existence in the spring of 2005 when he told Time that the game would release alongside and compete with Sony's PlayStation 3. Gates would later recant this exact release date of the game, but didn't deny the project existed. That job has instead been left to others such as Microsoft Game Studios head Shane Kim who dubbed the game "the mythical Halo 3" in a February update of the website Next Generation. And, of course, all while Bungie has held the course that Halo 3 does not exist.

In its customarily clever way, Bungie is not telling a lie - it's just not telling you the whole truth. A well connected game Informer source has seen this game up and running, and tells us that the project is dubbed Forerunner (and no, this is not an April Fool's joke). At this time the game is not being called Halo 3, which is perhaps how Bungie has been able to deny the existence of a title that literally bears the name "Halo 3." Of course, when all is said in done, the game could be officially dubbed Halo 3: Forerunner or some variation thereof. It is very common for a game in development to be tagged with a temporary codename. For the time being, however, our course tells us that it's being referred to simply as Forerunner. We contacted Microsoft about the game, but it would not comment on "rumor or speculation."

The game is being designed around huge persistent worlds that will be created with what we're being told is a modified Halo 2 engine. "Big" is the operative word, and many aspects of the title will be affected by the large scale of the game. For instance, Forerunner will showcase four player co-op in a move away from a strict linear single-player experience. Make no mistake about it, though, Master Chief is in the game, and gamers will play as him to drive along the story. However, the world itself and the events that draw from it will be more malleable to the player and any co-op friends that join in on the action.

If you are charged to capture a weapons depot, for instance, you might not choose to do it, or may fail trying. Although our source says the game still has a definite mission structure, your failure at this particular task will mean that whatever extra firepower may have been yours for the taking had you captured the depot will instead strengthen your enemies from then on. This cause/effect concept applies top the game’s destructible environments as well. Of course, this philosophy is nothing new in video games, but it clearly embraces Bungie’/s love of multiplayer and the lessons learned from the series’ success online. We imagine that these tidbits are surely only the tip of an iceberg that hopefully includes plan to merge the offline and online worlds together to great effect.

We’re told the game’s storyline will delve into the origins of the Forerunners, the long-absent, technologically advanced civilization that inspired the Covenant’s Great Journey. UP to this point, the Forerunners are a mysterious element within the Halo story that has yet to be fully explained. However, the plots of Halo and Halo 2 imply that humans, the Master Chief, and the Forerunners are linked, but with little we know about the actual plot of this upcoming project, we don’t know how everything is going to fit together. Although our source has seen the Chief in action, even his presence could only be half the truth. After all, this is from the company that surprised everyone with the introduction of the Arbiter as a playable character in Halo 2.

Bungie’s denials that Halo 3 exists have led fans to surmise that the company says so simply because the next Halo project doesn’t involve an actual halo, unlike the first two titles. That would make sense, given what our source has told us regarding the game’s focus on the Forerunners. However, that does not preclude the title from picking up where Halo 2 tantalizingly ended – with the Master Chief returning to Earth with a mandate to kick some ass.

The project could also be aligned with the Halo movie scheduled for release in the summer of 2007, which has Peter Jackson as the helm as executive producer. Our source tells us that the film will be based on the book Halo: The Fall from Reach, chronicling a time leading up to the first game. If the mysterious Forerunner project is in fact related to the movie, then perhaps the video game’s title could not only refer to the civilization, but to the game being a prequel set during the early part of humanity’s war with the Covenant.

Clearly there are more questions remaining than have been answered with the information we’ve brought to light. Does this Forerunner project actually mean that there won’t be a legitimate Halo 3? Could there be a game called Forerunner and an entirely other project entitled Halo 3? What if Forerunner is simply a side project meant to explore storyline tangents within the Halo universe? If “Forerunner†is indeed the actual name of the game our source has seen, and not simply a temporary codename, we can’t imagine a Halo product leaving Bungie’s doors without a Microsoft market executive slapping the word “Halo†somewhere on the box for maximum effect.

As always in the development process, there are myriad aspects that can change at any moment. But for the time being, our source has assured as that he tantalizing snippets that have come our way are indeed true. Whether or not they point to the whole truth is something we won’t know until Microsoft pulls back the curtain on their project at E3. Bungie clearly delights in winding up the public, so we wouldn’t at all be surprised if what we know now are merely isolated pieces of a larger puzzle that Bungie has cleverly constructed. Regardless, any project from the developer is a big deal and one that’s guaranteed to get fans excited, regardless of what is’ finally called.

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they probably denied that there will be a halo 3 because because its named something different like halo 3x or halo 360 or something gay like that
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They wanna put down the hype and then when ps3 comes out... WHOOPS.. we have halo 3... here you go... this is their plan to kill ps3 sales :S
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Its supposed to be called FORERUNNER so technically there is no Halo 3 although the forerunners were before the Halo 1 and Halo 2 time period (without giving away too much to those who have not yet read the excellend Halo novels) so I hope this is not a prequel, I wanna finish the story that Halo 2 left unfinished first! LOL! but I bet it means that you meet the forerunners at some point during the campaign or find out who/what they really are which would certainly be welcome to me, since I have always wondered just who or what the forerunners are, the possibility that the forerunners are humans seems the most likely to me but then again its been almost a year and a half since I was on Bungie.net's forums (got banned right before H2 hit for leaking info lol) so Im far from up to date on Halo and that whole universe
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Yes, the magazine states as Forerunner..
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Bungie has been denying the production of Halo 3 since forever. It's coming, don't worry. Microsoft even confirmed it.
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Like Remoster said, Bungie codeword is FORERUNNER because it won't be a sequel to Halo 2, but a prequel to Halo 1. So, yes... there won't be a Halo 3 because it isn't. This will take place before Brutes, battlerifles, and beam rifles. I'm anxious to see what a Forunner is and what kind of weapons they are capable of (besides the sentinel beam).
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In a recent Game Informer article I read, it is stating that Halo 3 is not in production.. Here is the article from issue 156 on p 18
hey, halo 3 is in production but it's not called halo 3 it's called Forerunner remember what the makers of halo are called Forerunner that's what it is microsoft confirmed that bungie was working on it and it would'nt be ready for the time of the launch of ps3 but there trying to make it there Microsoft know's the halo sequel is what will get people to buy Xbox 360's because it's really a great game made history when halo 2 Came out 146 million copies sold the first day it hit stores. But Halo 3 isn't dead it's just called Forerunner if there making it Halo 3: Forerunner i Don't know but i do know it's called Forerunner straight from the CES show when they were talking about games for the 360 god i have to get a 360 now i love HALO!! But that's the news on halo 3. But my opinion they should'nt change the name to Forerunner that will kill sells already going away from the Halo brand name you all know exactly what i mean Forerunner isn't going to have as much sells people aren't going to know what it is.


I also can't wait tell the Halo movie comes out in 2007.
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Halo was a book? LOL...learn something new everyday...I guess that means ratchet and clank were a book too haha.
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...(got banned right before H2 hit for leaking info lol)...
*****... ahh the good old french days...
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