Halo fans who haven't switched over to the new slimline Xbox 360 will get an extra incentive to do so in September. Leaked screenshots (pictured) from retailers picked up by Haloreachtips.net and sources speaking to Arstechnica point to a new bundle in the works from Microsoft, maker of the 360 platform.
According to Ars' sources and the screens, the new console will have a silver polish and will come with two matching controllers, as well as a copy of Halo: Reach. The console will apparently have a special Halo-themed finish and will retail for $400--$100 more than the now-standard version of the Xbox 360. The limited-edition 360 will have the same 250GB hard drive as the current edition of the console, which is a step above the just-announced 4GB hard-drive-less console that will be bundled with the Kinect motion-sensing system.
Launching on September 14 in North America, Halo: Reach is "probably" going to be Bungie's last entry in the storied franchise. It is set before the 2001 Xbox classic Halo: Combat Evolved, the first game in the series, and tells the story of the defense of Reach by a Spartan squad. The Halo franchise has so far sold in excess of 34 million games, according to Microsoft. The game will ship in three variant editions--normal, limited, and legendary--as confirmed in April.
Bungie recently tied up a 10-year exclusivity deal with publishing behemoth Activision "to bring Bungie's next big action game universe to market," with future games based on a new property coming to multiple platforms.
[UPDATE] At a panel this evening at Comic-Con 2010, Bungie confirmed the bundle was indeed incoming from Microsoft on September 14. The studio even gave away one of the consoles to one lucky audience member, who may cull a fortune by selling the still-officially unreleased device on eBay.