Halo Legends slips to Feb. 16

Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand, and downloadable arrivals for animated anthology based on Bungie's sci-fi shooter series pushed back a week.

As if Halo fans haven't waited long enough for the series' film debut, Warner Bros. Home Video has pushed the release of Halo Legends back a week. Originally set for a February 9 launch, the animated anthology is now set to launch on DVD, Blu-ray, OnDemand, and downloadable services February 16.

Finally, PS3 owners can enjoy Halo on Blu-ray. Sort of.

Like The Animatrix and Batman: Gotham Knights before it, Halo Legends taps a variety of notable creators and animation studios to produce short films for a compiled home-video release. Directors Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) will be working on the project, as will familiar studios like Production I.G. (Blood: The Last Vampire), Studio4˚C (Tekkonkinkreet), Toei Animation (Dragon Ball), Casio Entertainment (visual effects work on Big Man Japan), and Bones (Cowboy Bebop: The Movie).

When it arrives in stores, Halo Legends will do so in three different packages. There will be a standard DVD release with all eight episodes of the anthology and a two-disc special-edition release that includes audio commentary and videos on the making of the anthology and the growth of the Halo franchise since its debut as an Xbox launch title. Finally, the Blu-ray edition of Halo Legends will include the special-edition extras, as well as a series story overview recapping through the conclusion of Halo 3.

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118 comments
Neil_Clancy
Neil_Clancy

Halo needs a live-action movie. It's the perfect video game to be made into a movie.

RavenRock6
RavenRock6

pre-ordered halo:reach, september, man

SpiritOfFire117
SpiritOfFire117

@joshphillips Well the Matrix and Batman haven't had their Saturday morning anime shows. So I can safely assume you're wrong.

joshphillips
joshphillips

Awesome soon there will be a Saturday morning show! Then PBS will make somebody dress up as Master Chief and have tea party's. I'd rather see something live action and gritty like District 9 than this propaganda bs.

Johiden
Johiden

These are side stories for those who don't know. Only one episode 2 part has Master Chief and a few other Spartans. The NEW content would be the Origins parts which explains the Forerunners and the creation of the Halos. Its is quite good. Enjoy.

NewWorldOrphan6
NewWorldOrphan6

watch this be like star wars the clone wars cartoon. it will probably be way off subject and have hardly anything to do with the series. and im pretty sure some episodes will be stupid. still looking foward to halo reach thoe!

chappy_man
chappy_man

well it was cool so i might grab he blu-ray

nolgeo
nolgeo

Wow. There are a lot of morons that have posted. You do know that if you own an Xbox 360 and xbox live gold that you could have watched all the videos for free on Halo Waypoint right? They are good to me so far and have offered more back story. The "Origins of Halo" explained a lot that I didn't know. I agree that they should just do a movie. to kuroshiro99. No they don't use original voice actors, but you shouldn't mind too much, I didn't. It dose have some great animation. Those who have Xbox 360 just check it out this Saturday.

penpusher
penpusher

@Keiner I'm sorry is that a joke? bungie have a history of great titles ... halo isnt the only good game they've ever made you know

Keiner
Keiner

Bungie is the Vanilla Ice of the gaming industry. The one hit wonder. Sooner or later they have to come up with something new to keep them going....Either that or they could be like DBZ, pumping out mediocre game after mediocre game and have a few good gems in the masses to keep them coming back. DBZ proved it worked

-Canas-
-Canas-

halo what now? I thought they were done with the series after the third game. Whats all this other nonsense, think up something new bungie and stop having one singular claim to fame

rann89
rann89

rofl @ how ANY topic can turn into PS3 vs 360

tigergamer
tigergamer

I wish they would just get on with making a damn movie! In 3D like Avatar! How cool would that be?

666_Laventine
666_Laventine

"Finally, PS3 owners can enjoy Halo on Blu-ray. Sort of." Ha ha! Epic... :)

kuroshiro99
kuroshiro99

Should be good. Should have majorly awesome animated epic battles.. will not accept cheap artwork and animation... must have the original voice actors... should have enough back story that even the books dont cover or something..

Lach0121
Lach0121

lol some of these posts have little to no thought in them.

Sivus_2000
Sivus_2000

Hmm moar for me. Owning both consoles makes me feel content (If a bit spoiled) However I enjoy all exclusive franchises. Except Too Human that was a terrible game >_>

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

'Finally PS3 owners can enjoy Halo on Blu-ray.' HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. You seem to be under the impression that PS3 owners give a crap about that pathetic garbage. Keep it away from us if anything, I don't wanna get my shoes covered in sh*t. SalarianChemist told me Xbox is dying slowly and the ever getting worse Halo franchise is part of the problem.

Jim60360
Jim60360

GOD OF WAR IS A SH*T GAME!! STOP GOING ON ABOUT IT!!!

kakashi552
kakashi552

Oshii and Production IG?! what more could you ask for!

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

How about Halo 3 for the PC. I don't particularly care about the anime version, although I might give it a chance through Netflix. Or better yet lets see some more books, those are at least an enjoyable read.

swamptick
swamptick

I do find it somewhat telling that topics about Microsoft related products bring more Sony people over to discuss them than the other way around. Conclusion? Sony fanboys are FAR more obsessed with Microsoft than Microsoft fanboys are obsessed with Sony. Sounds like a complex to me.

swamptick
swamptick

How in the world did some of you people turn this into a PS3 vs Xbox 360 debate?

requul1
requul1

@ toddze You make an interesting point about platform exclusives getting hype etc. But I take exception to you're inclusion of Gears as a game that would be average if it were on the PS3. The main reason GOW2 was so amazing is the online play. From Horde to Traditional MP to Story Co-op, Gears rocks because of its online functionality. If GOW2 were on the PS3 it would simply highlight vast difference between PS3 Gears and xbox Gears. Sony's online strategy is sorry and for proof all you have to do is look at the sales numbers for COD:MW2. Last time i looked there were 4.2 million xbox copies sold as compared to 1.9 million PS3 copies. This disparity is the difference in online support and quality between the two systems. DI is average compared to GOW2 for these reasons and not because its not an exclusive release.

requul1
requul1

@salarianchemist I have no idea why you got so many thumbs down...maybe its cause you didn't talk about the halo movie? Halo Legends has no business being mentioned next to The Animatrix though. I would make a distinction between "On Demand" and Digital Downloads. This may be an odd example but XBLive wanted something like 25 dollars for the Digital Download of Mutant Chronicles in HD. The pricing for many movies and shows on XBlive is ridiculous. Mutant Chronicles was an awful movie, but if you're going to spend 25 bucks for a movie shouldn't it include all the special features that a Blue Ray has. The pricing of Digital ownership is simply too high right now. In contrast, "on demand" or streaming services are an awesome way to enjoy movies and shows especially if you want to resist the Optical disc build up. As the quality and selection on Netflix instant continues to get better, I could easily see services like this overtaking BD and DVD sales. @MrJack3690 has a good point about Internet limitations though.

dj_pulserfan
dj_pulserfan

While all the PS3 & 360 fanboys will be arguing over some as stupid as this. I'll be enjoying my console for the reason I bought it, gaming. Even though I own a 360 all 3 sides need to get a grip and realize there are PLENTY of things going on right now that deserve your rage and this isn't one of them.

MrJack3690
MrJack3690

@nickythenew21 lol @SalarianChemist I sort of Agree with you on the Digital distro for movies. I actually like it rather than having all the disks laying around. The downfalls, however, is not everyone has decent internet speeds to download movies/games. And not everybody has the space to download them either. While I believe that Digital distribution will eventually become on par with Physical Media someday. When a massive increase in Internet bandwidth becomes more widely available and affordable. Physical Media will still probably always be here. Just because some people, Including myself when it comes to games, Like having a physical copy of the software.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Watching this on a PS3 would probably blow it up from all of the irony.

smbius
smbius

I own the Halo games. To me, they're definitely not bad games but they're just above average shooters. There really isn't anything interesting about this universe that would get me to buy anything outside of the games that is based on Halo.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

@ toddze Overrated more like most sold. The game has great multiplayer man. I am not a Halo fanboy but there is a reason so many people like it ya know.

okassar
okassar

I'm not hardcore Halo fan to buy that, although I've bought everything Halo through Halo Wars (not the books though) looking forward to a free like 20 minute premier download, there better be one, I never buy shows anyway, but maybe im in the minority for that...

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

@SalarianChemist Have you ever heard of "vinyl records?" Replaced the phonograph cylinder by the 1920s? They were largely supplanted by the late 1980s by digital media, leaving the mainstream in 1991. However, they continue to be manufactured and sold in the 21st century. The vinyl record regained popularity by 2008, with nearly 2.9 million units shipped that year, the most in any year since 1998. DVD's and Blu-Ray are far different from VHS, and will probably be a viable medium for decades to come. Digital Copies are not on-demand either, they are something you own. Blu-Ray will be around for a long time to come, and as Materialistic as we all are, we will be collecting them as well, just as you did your 600, 3 bookcase DVD wall, and I'm willing to bet that your primary source of play for awhile was a PS2 :P Digital Copies are nice, and will be even sweeter when Apple releases their iPod Projector...someday. But I hear you, if someone as bias and Halo'd out as you bought the disc of this me' you would be getting up and taking it in out quite a bit. In and out.

Narutofan30
Narutofan30

@Imsterminate- Some time in the Future.... Xbox User- "I Finally get to play all those great PS3 exclusives like Uncharted, God of War, InFamous!!!" *Sticks in Disc* "Dang, Its a Movie!!! and A Blu-ray Double Dang!...." LOL System Wars and before any says anything all those PS3 games are going to be movies so dont be a noob....

toddze
toddze

@metalman300 your 100% right they dont get better ratings by being exclusive, exclusives do however get over hyped because they are exclusives.

LIKWIDKURAGE
LIKWIDKURAGE

I would have rathered it look like the Halo Reach trailer that would make a pretty cool movie

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

looks quite cool. seems worth getting. @toddze Halo get so much praise because its one of the best shooters ever made. Id bet that resistance and killzone 2 are probably good games (i havent played them) that dont only get praise because theyre exclusive. Games dont get better ratings by being restricted to one console.

toddze
toddze

@brad12d3 I own both consoles play all kind of games. The only reason Halo gets so much praise is because its a 360 exclusive. If it was multiplat it would just be an average game. Same with gow and PS3. DI is just like GoW yet its not as praised, why because its multiplat. Fans hype their exclusive to a point where they are over hyped take your neon green fanboy goggles off. If your a gamer theres no reason other than $$$ not to own both consoles. They both have fun exclusives to play

johnryandaplin
johnryandaplin

wow, blu-ray means ps3? what about blue ray players

oneligas
oneligas

it is obvious why the Halo Legends are in a Anime style, Halo is not very popular in Japan so if Halo Legends are done in Anime style the Japanese consumers can relate better to Halo in general, it is an attempt to increase Japanese interest in Halo and American gamers are accustomed Japanese Anime games and movies so it is sad but understandable.

brad12d3
brad12d3

"toddze Posted Jan 8, 2010 10:25 am PT Halo is one of the most over rated games of the past decade." Actually each of the Halo games was groundbreaking in it's own way. Name one FPS on consoles that had the epic scale, vehicles, and streamlined game play and pacing that the first Halo had at that time. Halo 2 was a little of a let down in it's single player campaign but it's multiplayer broke new ground and did things no other game had done. Halo 3 played it safe in it's single player campaign borrowing heavily from the first game, which was still a great thrill ride and a solid close to the trilogy. The multiplayer once again raised the bar including options like being able to record your matches and watch them later, amongst other things. I wouldn't say it's that over rated just the whipping boy of the PS3 fanboy club.

Imsterminate
Imsterminate

*In a PS3 owner's house* "YEEEEEEEYYYY, finally they brought out Halo on PS3, and on Blue-Ray too!!!" *Sticks Disc into drive, watches the movie start* "A movie?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" P.S: Please forgive my weird sense of humour :P

Batzy79
Batzy79

someone may have already mentioned this; but i enjoy the irony of a Halo bluray. im sure it will look great and all but im not sure im entirely ok with it being played on a ps3. its almost sacreligious

Riprock
Riprock

I already have an extensive music and video library. I have over 600 DVDs. There is no way a console can provide that much storge space. I think I will stay with the tried and true method of movies bought on disc, and use the X360 HD for game content. With all the demos and game videos and Live Arcade games, my 120 GB is nearly full anyway. Downloading movies to HD makes no sense for the long haul.

SpiritOfFire117
SpiritOfFire117

@Vodoo I don't see how an artstyle gives anything "justice" but as far as new story material and the inclusion of familiar universe elements goes then Legends certainly does IMO. @toddze Cool story, bro. :P

toddze
toddze

Halo is one of the most over rated games of the past decade.

zachmagik
zachmagik

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Vodoo
Vodoo

I would've liked to see a Halo movie done in CG, like the way "Halo Wars" (the RTS game) portrays it. I think the more real & gritty look does it more justice than the colorful, cartooney look does.