Halo 3 parrying PlayStation 3 launch

<i>Time</i> quotes Bill Gates saying that Sony's next-gen console will "walk into" the Xbox 360 follow-up to the best-selling sci-fi shooter.

For months, the Web was rife with rumors that Microsoft would ship the sequel to Halo 2 for the Xbox 360 simultaneously with the launch of the PlayStation 3. Now, that has been confirmed--by none other than Bill Gates himself.

In next week's issue of Time Magazine--which features Gates holding the Xbox 360 on the cover--Gates mentioned plans for the release of the much-anticipated follow-up to the best-selling console shooter. In a parenthetical sidebar in the article, Time says the following:

"Note to the hard-core faithful: the next version of Halo will not, repeat not, be ready in time for the launch of Xbox 360. It will be part of the all-important second wave next spring. 'It's perfect,' Gates says, radiant with bloodlust. 'The day Sony launches [the new PlayStation], and they walk right into Halo 3.'"

While Microsoft reps were not available for comment as of press time, Gates' comments appear to confirm the theory that Microsoft will release Halo 3 either simultaneously or near the release of Sony's next-gen console. It also marks further official confirmation that a third Halo is indeed in the works and will be released for the Xbox 360.

Although such statements might be interpreted as grandstanding, such a maneuver definitely would have an impact. Halo 2 sold more than 6.5 million copies to date and is credited with doubling the subscriber base of Xbox Live from around 750,000 to more than 1.5 million. It is also credited by industry-watchers as one of the main reasons for boosting sales of the original Xbox last holiday season.

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ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Bill sure was wrong on this one -- big time.

cheazedude255
cheazedude255

Im pretty sure microsoft is also giving us Left 4 Dead and Mass Effect also, but I'm going to have to bye a freakin xbox 360 anyway because of Halo and Gears of War since they will probly never come to ps3. Plus, many games like Fallout 3 and Borderlands are much better on 360 than PS3. I recommend just purchasing both, lol.

surferandy7
surferandy7

for those that been talkin bulls*** that ps3 got nothing... shut the fu** up!! cuz we got the greatest exclusive title god of war, killzone, uncharted, infamous, demon's souls, mlb the show and grand turismo, etc... cuz microsoft has stolen mad good titles from us which they were suppost to b for ps3 only... like fu**** grand theft auto, devil may cry, resident evil, dino crisis 3 and now the upcoming new game quantum theory and the new metal gear solid and what had they gived us in exchange? just BioShock?? ohh woow!! is a great game but is not enough compared what they've gotten from us... it would b nice if they can stop being fu**** greedy and give us halo and gears of war and that way everyone is happy... but no... gates is just a greedy ass motherfu****... fu** xbox... fu** the rrod... fu** the annual fee... ps3 has blu-ray, wi-fi, internet browser, free hdd upgrade how much space yu want and free online membership... ps3 is the best gaming console and that's the fact!!

Ash67771
Ash67771

haha only on xbox bioshock said tat Xd now its on ps3

comedykhaos
comedykhaos

all this tlkin about ps3 goin down cos it aint gt a game well wot bout finalfantasy 13(xIII) thatll b ps3 and gran turismo

delorean529
delorean529

Ok, dude, chill. Yes, the 360 doesnt have Blu-Ray but I dont really care, second when Bungie quit Microsoft, Bungie lost rights to Halo, and third, I promise you Halo will NEVER come to the PS3 because the little sign on the top of the box art of Halo says "ONLY ON XBOX 360".

romoemi
romoemi

OMG this is for all of u pathetic little noobs that think that 360 is better take a look at the fn facts maby youl change ur mind o by the way 360 is use ing blu-ray now hahahahahahahahahaha wtf now by doing that it means that 360 quit hahahahahahaha also halo3 is not Microsoft they split bunjie is its own company so if they want they could put halo 3 for ps3 ther i sead it ps3 owns all exept the pc nothing has a chance agenced that

elite00
elite00

Halo is what the 360 has. what about the ps3 Nothing!

Tiago_Matos
Tiago_Matos

DO YOU KNOW ONE THING? AT THIS VERY LAST MOMENT, HALO HAD A FALL, NO I´M NOT TALKING ABOUT PS3 BE BETTER..... BUT ONE GAME THAT PERHAPS WILL BE IN PS3 BUT NOT IN XBOX360.... ONE GAME.... THE BEST OF 2007 GAMES..... CRYSIS! ITS ONLY A RUMOUR BUT..... WELL NEVER KNOW..... WILL WE!!!! PS3 RULLES!!!!

majorfoley
majorfoley

if this means the halo series is going to the ps3 ITS NOT RIGHT PS3 DOESNT GIVE 360 GAMES LIKE GRAND TURISMO OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT SO THAT IS TIGHT

Frag_grenade
Frag_grenade

When was the PS3 launched? When was Halo 3 launched? Bill gates is such a tease.

baluchi94
baluchi94

and some peaple say in the past that ps3 had only 20 games or something well why dont you count the games that are on the ps3 now you would take mounths.and ever console had few games when it is relesed

baluchi94
baluchi94

blah blah blah you allways say a ps3 is bad and dont have a signature game well you r all wrong because there is a signature game well they have lotes of games that r to long to wright down ill tel you an example like haze ,and a agree with urbackyard about gta it was a ps game. and i dont now about this but i dont see it in xbox(rainbow six vages and the a couple more Rainbow sixes that are on ps2. and ps3 has blueray and wifi and HD and FREE online play

urbackyard
urbackyard

i dont know why some people are saying playstation needs a signature game and calling it a scab.. because PS had GRAND THEFT AUTO, which i believe xbox scabbed off playstation. it doesnt matter now because i like the xbox 360 better...im just pointing that out..

1Bradstar1
1Bradstar1

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il3ali
il3ali

PS3 UR GOING DOWN CAUSE MICROSOFT GOT HALO, NINTENDO GOT SUPER SMASH BROS, PS3 GOT NOTHING!!!!!!

Andreas-Pelekis
Andreas-Pelekis

u guys missed understand it, bill gates is releasing halo 3 when ps3 is released, so that people will buy halo more than a ps3

GR33DY83
GR33DY83

Halo sucks newayz doesn't matter if comes out or not cause my 360s got a red eye

Fuhjem92
Fuhjem92

HALO IS GOING TO BE ON THE 360 THEY MADE THIS IN 2005

jacob-goodlich
jacob-goodlich

killzone 2 is heaps better than halo. that is a fact!

mace009
mace009

Wat the hell.... is this because xbox 360 took GTA IV?

patfellover
patfellover

can't ps3 find their own signature game. what scabs

godslim
godslim

u wanna game better than halo MGS4 its much better halo is no better than any other fps games and i luv fps games...halo is soooo over rated by 360 fans

callumohare
callumohare

Halo really wasnt that good in my opinion... it was actually pretty bad.

elguino3
elguino3

looks like they misse it intime for the ps3 launch whats so great halo anyway i have it and its not any better than any other game like its fun but its not that fun

gww101
gww101

Just to clear it up if you can name one Playstation exclusive that is better than Halo, please tell us Back to the point, Halo would not totally destroy the PS3 but it would cripple its sales greatly because seriously, 500 bucs for 360 and Halo3 or 650 for the PS3

nobbsy28
nobbsy28

releasing Halo 3 on the same day as the PS3 will be one of the best things bill gates has ever done. it would smash the ps3 to pieces. what would you rather do? spend a minimum of £450 on a sony console, or spend about £300-£320 for a 360 bundle with halo 3?

ScottHFC
ScottHFC

What you got against the PS3 AFWorm? If it did come out then think of all the glitches and bugs there would have been. Just wait and it ill be the best game ever and kill the PS3 which you seem to have such a problem about.

AFWorm
AFWorm

Since I personally dislike PS3, I kinda wished Halo 3 would have come out at the same time!

willdcopper21
willdcopper21

LOL, A for effort Bill. Even the great Bill Gates doesn't get what he wants ALL the time. Kinda like when my 9th XBOX360 took a dump huh.

Cray_Dharker
Cray_Dharker

Hehe. I cannot think of a bigger rake Microsoft could throw in front of the PS3 than this... Also, from the screens I've seen, seems like they coulnd't have picked a bigger one.

liberaldomain
liberaldomain

Simultaneous release of Halo 3 and Playstation would have been great to kill all the stupid hype about the $600 system with 20 games or whatever, but delaying what could very well be the best video game in the history of the industry could add to the hype. At least it ensures that they sell a few extra copies. Not to mention taking the time to get it right. If I wait on the edge of my seat for another year and it turns out to be another Halo 2 incident, I'm going to get very seditious.

racerx737
racerx737

well so much for simultaneous release with the PS3 coming out (I think) this month and Halo 3 not set to drop for another year .... Why is it that both Halo 2 and Halo 3 seem to have a never-ending supply of delays to deliver? I don't get that, you'd think they'd be able to predict when the game was gonna come out, maybe have a delay, 2 at the most and get the game out within a couple months of the original projected release date. But noooo, both Halo 2 and Halo 3 get pushed back over a year each (i could be wrong on that but thats what it seemed like anyway), idk i thought Halo 2's storyline was a disappointment in that the story goes along like you're reading a book and then just cuts off about 3/4 of the way through, no real conclusion like in the first Halo, where the ring was destroyed at least even if the fight against the Covenant still raged on. The multiplayer on Halo 2 kicked major ass though so it made up somewhat for the crappy single player campaign. I'm one of those 750,000 that basically bought Xbox Live for Halo 2. Anyway, I'm done criticizing the Halo franchise for now. (I still love the series and plan to buy the Halo 3 Legendary Edition when it comes out btw)

skebod
skebod

o and some one said about halo saving the xbox what the hell it was a launch game

skebod
skebod

lol o no come on hear goes the xbox playstation thing ok i work in the games industry and one thing from my P.O.V is that first sony reales ther psx and it does a mint out comes ps2 does evan more xbox comes out does what both of them did put together in one fiscal year games wise playstation hase a lot more but les in the quality xbox les game more quality so with that in mined you gotta start looking at it like this with the xbox 360 more powerfull than the ps3 and cheeper by a hell of a way looks like playstation 3 shold be called "better hope and pray station"

bobsawinin
bobsawinin

He means, Halo 3 will come out for the 360 the day playstation 3 comes out, so people will want the 360 more.

gamerfreak667
gamerfreak667

but then again ps3 is $600 lol their screwing up even b4 launch

Razor_WolF
Razor_WolF

OMFG Dont Gates Dont put it on Sony or Xbox360 is going down the drain i know because i cant live with out halo i got a xbox360 only for halo Xbox will lose money and Ps3 will gain it i know alot of ppl who will buy it for the ps3

rholding2000
rholding2000

Halo is the best coded game ive played ever. EVERY game has bugs and glitches but on a ratio halo has the least that interfer with ur overall enjoyment of the game. Just my opinion of course but halo is the ONLY game out im satisfied with, win or lose. As for mgs . . . not sure why the love for this game exists. Ive played them all and the games ok but quite boring, storys ok i guess but a bit comic book . .i dont like that. Its like ps die hard fans cant have or play halo ( but secretly i expect they do cos we are gamers and halo is a great game. ur silly to say otherwise barring taste for genre) anyway i digress . . . . MGS is like the thing sony people have to stuff in xbox/halo fans face. i remember the line "Killzone : sonys answer to halo" yeah . . . . . its no halo thats for sure. i

Flimsyfishy
Flimsyfishy

i'll tell you one thing, bungie better work their arses off if bill wants this to actually happen. a rushed game will have more mistakes, so they better fix everything. if this happens though, it will be a fairly large catalyst to buy the xbox 360 over the ps3. but i'm not sure

adrianTcortez
adrianTcortez

Don't know if I should put my two cencts in but...... Halo 3 and Metal Gear are completely differnt type's of games. Its kinda hard to put them against each other, its more of what you like. (Back on topic) I really wanted them to take their time on Halo 3 and make sure it would not be a repeat of Halo 2. They should'nt just bring it out to compeat against PS3.

Kronosphere
Kronosphere

oh and halo 3 vs metal gear.......I don't think so (i mean really, you think metal gear is gonna "Rip halo a new a$$h@!#."

Kronosphere
Kronosphere

@!$#! you! i hate playstation in camparrison to xbox (any type) the only thing going for it is its add ons like eye toy and singstar etc. but you and your memory cards bloody hell.....i could go on but well.... bye

FullSurface
FullSurface

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FullSurface
FullSurface

Halo 3 is great but Metal Gear 4 is gonna rip Halo a new a$$h@!#. Playstation 3 is gonna murder 360 you guys watch. Solid Snake Semper Fi