Release Date: September 22, 2009
Genre: First-Person Shooter
ODST is going to be somewhat similar to the Halo Trilogy, yet very different. You will play as an ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper), NOT the Master Chief. You will no longer have the benefits of the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Suit that Spartans wore. Therefore, your health/shields will not recharge, you will instead require the use of medkits to recover health. This will also make you slower, and weaker than the Spartans. Running head first into a gun fight will get you killed much faster than a Spartan.
There are rumors about this being a stealth game.. These are reported false, but there will be stealth elements.
Halo 3: ODST will also include a new 4-player multiplayer co-op gameplay type called "Firefight" where players take on increasingly difficult waves of enemies. Much like Gears of War's "Horde" mode.
Halo 3: ODST will be released on two discs. Campaign and co-op mode are accompanied by an Extras menu that gives access to the Halo: Reach beta, the next installment in the series. The second disc includes ALL the multiplayer maps and game modes released for Halo 3, plus three new multiplayer levels for Halo 3. These maps are the maps included in Legendary map pack, Mythic map pack, Heroic map pack, Cold Storage, and 3 new maps.
Halo 3: ODST is available for pre-orders in two formats. One is the regular release that includes the above mentioned articles. There is also a Gamestop exclusive pre-order for the Halo 3: ODST Collectors Pack, which will include the game and also an exclusive, laser etched Wireless Controller. The Collectors Pack, of course, also comes with a higher price-tag of $100. Both editions include Sgt. Johnson available for play in Firefight mode when pre-ordered.