The Halo 3 Release Date
by Casey Jones
On May 15, 2007 the information was published, that Halo 3 would be released on September 25 in North America
and the 26th in Europe. Halo 3 was the third in a very popular series for the Xbox 360 called 'Halo'.
According to the vice president of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, Halo 3's publication was much
more than just a video game release, it was the biggest media event of the year. He might just have been right as
The full history of Halo 3 really has to start with the release of the first game in the series 'Halo: Combat
Evolved'. In November, 2001, when Halo was first published, game consoles were somewhat of a joke as one-person
shoot-em-up games. Sure, some games existed, but they didn't have the popular following that the PC games in the
That all changed with Halo, in which players could fight aliens on foot and in vehicles, in order to complete
objectives, while trying to uncover the secret of the Halo. Halo pioneered limiting the amount of weapons a player
could carry to two, which in turn, meant forcing the player to make strategic decisions.
Enthusiasts waited for the publication of Halo 3 with baited breath. They awaited the continuation of the
one-person, shoot-em-up combat format that had been dominant in the two previous parts of Halo.
Microsoft calls it the 'Golden Triangle of Halo', which consists of gun-type weapons, grenades and others. In
actuality, this was nothing new to one-person, shoot-em-up games, as it had existed since the very first Doom and
even the precursor to that game, "Wolfenstein".
So, with all of that previous history, people were full of anticipation and excitement about the Halo 3 release
date. How popular and welcome was the game? Well, before its release, 3.1 million copies were sold in advance
orders and retailers thought that that was insufficient.
The game grossed $300 million in the United States in only its first week. Overall, it has sold over nine
million copies worldwide and was the best-selling video game in the United States in 2007. Even the critics liked
it, putting it the seventh highest in the all-time list of Xbox 360 games.
The Halo 3 release date, like the release date of many wildly popular video games was almost like a holiday like
Christmas or Easter. It leaves us with the question of what will happen with video games in the future?
by +Owen Jones