Halo 3 '99.9 percent complete'

Bungie confirms closed Epsilon test will be last before game goes gold; studio putting finishing touches on game's Forge content editor.

After nearly four years in the making, Halo 3 is now just over one month away from shipping. Over the weekend, developer Bungie Software reassured gamers that there won't be any 11th-hour, Grand Theft Auto IV-style delay of the Xbox 360 shooter.

"Development on Halo 3 is winding down," Bungie staffer and former journalist Luke Smith announced in the studio's most recent weekly update. "While there's still a considerable amount of dudes here on site, playing through the game, testing the game, filing bugs and fixing bugs, the game is roughly 99.9 percent complete."

Smith also confirmed the final ".1 percent" of the game is being tested via the widely rumored, invitation-only Halo 3 Epsilon trial. Currently being conducted in a "controlled retail environment," Epsilon's primary purpose is to fine-tune the game's new Forge level editor. Forge will allow Halo 3 players to customize maps' layouts, including player, character, and vehicle spawn points. The Epsilon test also features the Tsavo Highway level from the game's campaign, as well as five multiplayer maps, including Last Resort and Sandtrap.

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mixhawkeye
mixhawkeye

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AtomicBaconBits
AtomicBaconBits

To darendt69: Nothing new? Oh,so you say 8 new vehicles,a bunch of new weapons,a map editor,armor customization and so many tons of options isn't new?...:|

flackstone
flackstone

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xfan-atic
xfan-atic

This game is going to be awsome, FORGE, here I come!

Juggernaut140
Juggernaut140

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FallenOneX
FallenOneX

This will be the first Halo game I buy. Hope the single player is good.

darendt69
darendt69

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JasonQ87
JasonQ87

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SouthwoodS
SouthwoodS

I dont own a Xbox 360 but if i did i would camp out all night for this game. The Halo franchise need big props for bringing a awsome game.-

zeecorner
zeecorner

RE: Dark_Nexus3367 The Map Editor is not the same one that you see on PC. You cant actually create a map from scratch, like changing colors, changing the ground, etc, instead you place objects, vehicles, weapons, etc, on the existing maps.

boarding4ever
boarding4ever

by map editor they mean that you can move around weapons and vehicles, not actually creating new maps but rather re-arranging them.

zeecorner
zeecorner

sick, sick, sick, sick!! Freakin a! I am soooo excited, got that pre-ordered at EB about a month ago when I sold my old xbox and some games that I didnt want to keep.

Dark_Nexus3367
Dark_Nexus3367

Wow the map editor sounds like an awesome addition to the game.I would have been so ticked if we had to pay for all of the maps so it's nice to see them offer us the unlimited use of Map Editors,as long as the maps people make are actually good :P.I am psyched about every aspect of this game but I am a little let down by the graphics.I don't mean to sound negative,but after Bungie touting the Halo engine from their E3 announcement back in 2006 I thought "Wow Halo 3 is going to look like an amazing and epic work of art."While every other thing about the game has exceeded my expectations,the graphics are the one small disappointment I have.Unless the graphics are polished up to look like that trailer within the next month,that will be my only issue with the game.Anyways,I'm super excited for this game and I can't wait for the co-op and Forge mode.Halo 3 FTW!!!! :D

Spookykow
Spookykow

Meh. The Multiplayer is pretty sweet, but it'll be on my shelf as soon as the Orange Box comes out. If only the awesome campaigns of the Half-Life series could be combined with the crazy online-multiplayer of Halo. U.U A man can dream though......a man can dream...

everythingj
everythingj

this game is already a huge success, with all the pre-orders and what not. this is going to keep momentum going for the 360 for a long time.. at least this, mass effect, bioshock, or blue dragon will.. oh boy i'm going to need to put in some extra hours at work this fall =( good luck catching up ps3.

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

Soon my little puppets...........................soon................

BoBo_0007
BoBo_0007

Not a huge fan of the halo series, but it does have really fun multiplayer and this map editor is just going to cement this game as the best multiplayer to most likely come onto the 360 in its life time.

GabuEx
GabuEx

@ mpeg3s: "Halo is America's last hope. If it fails then so will the 360." Erm, perhaps you haven't heard of this game called BioShock. But you can be forgiven for that; it's not as if it's been plastered all over GameSpot for the past week.

AngelOfIron
AngelOfIron

Pirate_X , Yes they're empty cases, or at least they should be. In this case they're just there to promote the game.

gimlifn
gimlifn

Wow they will really have to produce a lot of copies before release day. Can't wait for this great game to come out and finally a game that Bungie staff will not say they did a half job on.

Pirate_X
Pirate_X

hmm , how is the game 99.9 percent done when i saw a bunch of limited and legendary editions in Walmart today. It said Halo3 68.83. Empty cases perhaps?

ctg867
ctg867

Really, I shouldn't be surprised by this. This is the only Halo game that's had the full amount of time to be worked on. And the development was done in mini crunches at intervals, rather then one huge crunch at the end, which would take it's toll on the developers, and lower the quality of the game. Everything sounds... on schedule. Like they're sorta sitting back and playing Epsilon, testing for bugs, and playing online co-op at this point. And they have a month before launch. All of this sounds so non rushed it's crazy. I feel like this is being made by Insomniac or something, where all the employees are happy and there's ice cream days and stuff because they get all this work done, and but have the time to do it. Weird. Anyway, good news.

v3pointoh
v3pointoh

The last 0.1% is "Should we do ANOTHER cliffhanger ending? Hmmm..."

Diablo2343
Diablo2343

... was the sound of meh poohing meself in anticipation

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

Also, in case anyone was wondering, I did the research, and producing 1 million DVDs can take as little as 2 days, so producing this game in time won't be a problem, as I'm sure they've been kicking out boxes and tin cases for all of it for a while now, as that does take longer than 2 days. After a week of producing the game, and casing it properly, they could have millions of these things ready.... as they should.

hitmersa
hitmersa

Have you been smoking alot of pot mpeg3s? xbox doesn't need halo to survive. It just means alot of sales for them

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Level editor? Oh my goodness. They might as well sell XBox 360s with Halo 3 on the hard drive and hard-wired to only play that game, because once this game comes out it won't be leaving anybody's disc drive for a long, long time.

hegetshiskeys
hegetshiskeys

Enough with Halo 3 news for cryin out loud!!!!!!!!

xcollector
xcollector

"After nearly four years in the making..."That better mean its perfect!

abczby
abczby

So I'm guessing the general public is not going to get to play the Epsilon?

edflam311
edflam311

This game is gonna sell boatloads.

omfg_its_dally
omfg_its_dally

Hardly, Mpeg3s. The 360 has a lot more going for it than just Halo.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

VenDaler Ah ha! That's one new feature that I didn't know about... I'm wondering what other cool things they haven't announced. Sounds like this game is going to pack a lot of content. The game has much less content than you probably think. even 2 and 1 didnt have much. but it was all the eggs glitches and exploits that added replay imo. thats what i love about halo. lol

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Hate or love Halo personally, you can't deny it will make MASSIVE sales. Just a fact

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

Halo is America's last hope. If it fails then so will the 360.

whitey3221
whitey3221

gforce007_basic "How the **** was the GTA delay an 11th hour delay? When you delay a game that is still 3-4 months from shipping, that doesn't really count as a last minute delay. Anyhoo, nice to see that Halo 3 will be on time and super polished although I really hope they didn't slack off and leave too much stuff on the cutting room floor like they did with Halo 1 and Halo 2. " 3-4 months away in the gaming industry is eleventh hour dude...especially if you already have a release date set.

laitheybaby
laitheybaby

Binarynova: "So, as someone who never played Halo or Halo2 I was on the fence about Halo 3 until this article. Most of you probably already knew about this Forge mode but it's new to me. After reading about it that's really very cool sounding and I may actually have to pick this one up now." You do not even know the half of what you can do with forge!

gforce007_basic
gforce007_basic

How the **** was the GTA delay an 11th hour delay? When you delay a game that is still 3-4 months from shipping, that doesn't really count as a last minute delay. Anyhoo, nice to see that Halo 3 will be on time and super polished although I really hope they didn't slack off and leave too much stuff on the cutting room floor like they did with Halo 1 and Halo 2.

tiger6881
tiger6881

almost there, man I can't wait

VenDaler
VenDaler

Ah ha! That's one new feature that I didn't know about... I'm wondering what other cool things they haven't announced. Sounds like this game is going to pack a lot of content.

NyGin07
NyGin07

"I'll pass on Halo 3. Crysis is coming after all" hell no ive been waiting to damn long for this game. this will put a extra 3 years in my 360 if it doesnt freakin burn on fire from all the playtime though lol crysis does look sick though

NyGin07
NyGin07

ummmm i think we know its almost done if its coming out next month lol

BoobyUnger
BoobyUnger

oh i thought that .1 percent is where they put some challenge into the game. Guess i thought wrong. It better not be easy. Like other xbox games...

--Sinister--
--Sinister--

The Cheif (if he dies) better go down like a marine and like a man. Like if he is surrounded by brutes, hunters, ect, he better like set off and explosion and take all the mother ****ers to hell!!!!! hahahahaha!!!!