There's still no word when we can expect to see Halo 3 this year, but Microsoft late last week unveiled the pricing and packaging for the most eagerly-awaited video game of the year. Halo 3, which will ship as an exclusive title for the Xbox 360 video game system sometime in 2007, will arrive in three versions, ranging in price from about $60 to $130.
The three versions include Halo 3 Standard Edition, Limited Edition, and Legendary Edition. The Standard Edition package is identical to other Xbox 360 titles and includes just the game disc. It will retail for $59.99 in the US. Jump up to the Limited Edition version, and you'll get a sleek metal collector's case as well as a bonus disc containing behind-the-scenes footage and videos. This version will retail for $69.99 in the US.
Of course, true Halo fans will cast a jealous eye on the Legendary Edition, which will retail for a whopping $129.99. This version of the game includes the game disc, two bonus discs, and a collection of Halo 3 storyboard art. But the big news with this version is the packaging: Halo 3 Legendary Edition will ship in a collectible Spartan helmet case that needs to be seen to be believed. Fortunately, I have photos of the Legendary Edition packaging, as well of that of the Limited Edition, on the SuperSite for Windows.