New ViDOC available on Xbox Live Marketplace

The past is the new future. "Journey's End," a ViDOC tracing the events leading up to Halo 3 is now available on Xbox Live.

"Journey's End," the final Halo 3 ViDOC is now available on Xbox Live Marketplace. "Journey's End" focuses on the story leading up to the events that unfold in Halo 3 -- there aren't any major Halo 3 spoilers in the ViDOC. However, if you haven't played the Campaign yet or are expecting it as a present for the holiday season, our Marty-esque advice is to unplug from the Internet and not watch the ViDOC until you've played the game. We'll have web versions available shortly.

Halo 3 11/29/2007 4:29 PM PST permalink

Halo 3 Track Available in Guitar Hero 3

lukems writes:

The MJOLNIR mix of the Halo Theme, first heard in Halo 2 is now available for the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero 3.

The Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori and Steve Vai sonic team-up from Halo 2 -- the "Halo Theme MJOLNIR Mix" --  is now available as a free downloadable track in Guitar Hero 3. To download it log into Guitar Hero 3 and access downloadable content via Xbox Live.

Halo 3 11/26/2007 11:10 AM PST permalink

Heroic Map Pack Announced for Halo 3

With the content announced and priced, we talk to a couple of the DLC leads for some more details.

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Halo 3 11/19/2007 12:19 PM PST

Bungie Weekly Update: 11/16/07

The penultimate in Downloadable Content teases, a visit from giants and Optimatch/playlist information.

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 11/16/2007 5:22 PM PST

Humpday Challenge: Game with Fame

This week we brave the perils of Matchmaking in honor of Xbox Live's birthday.

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 11/15/2007 6:37 PM PST

Bungie Played Online Yesterday

A bunch of us are going to be online from 3 p.m. Pacific to 5 p.m. Pacific today in Halo 3. The results of some of those matches will become this week's Humpday Challenge.

*UPDATE* This text is from Thursday, November 15th.

Instead of playing totally stacked teams last night in the Humpday Challenge, we decided to save some of the stress and heartache for this afternoon when a handful of Bungie dudes will be online playing to help celebrate Xbox Live's birthday. From 3 to 5 p.m. Pacific, UI mastermind Dave Candland, Multiplayer designer Lars Bakken, Tools creator Bob Glessner, Brian Jarrard and myself will be running amok on the Intertubes as one giant robot of destruction. Since there's five of us, it'd seem likely we'd make our way into a hopper that supports five-man teams. Hope to see you there!

Halo 3 11/15/2007 11:41 AM PST permalink

Matchmaking Playlist Changes are Live

The Halo 3 matchmaking playlist changes we mentioned in last week's Weekly Update are now live. Check the list out inside.

The Halo 3 matchmaking changes we outlined in last week's Weekly Update are live. In case you missed the Update or just plain forgot, here's a refresher:

Social Doubles has been removed from matchmaking

Rocket Race Hopper has been added to the Social hopper – 8 players, join in parties of up to 8 players.


  • Hammerzeit game variant has been added
  • The frequency of VIP gametypes has been reduced
  • Swords gametypes will now be to 25 kills, rather than 50

Lone Wolves:

  • Player count has been increased to 6 players
  • Swords gametype has been added
  • Oddball games on Snowbound and Epitaph have been reduced considerably

Team Slayer:

  • Guardian has been added to the playlist
  • Valhalla has been added to Team Slayer

Social Skirmish

  • Flag gametypes will now appear more regularly

Rumble Pit

  • Added both Construct and Isolation to several gametypes

Now, go play.

Halo 3 11/13/2007 10:52 AM PST permalink

Halo 3 Original Soundtrack Preview Site Live

Want a sonic sneak peek at the Halo 3 Original Soundtrack (due next week in stores)? There's an officially sanctioned website that can satiate your desires.

Over at the Official Halo 3 Official Soundtrack super site, they've got a whole bushel of musical clips from the soundtrack, written and composed by Bungie's Martin O'Donnell and his longtime writing collaborator Michael Salvatori. There's 28 snippets from from the soundtrack (due November 20, pre-order it here) available for your ears' enjoyment.

Halo 3 11/12/2007 11:28 AM PST permalink

Bungie Weekly Update: 11/9/07

Heatmaps, DLC, birthdays, joyful music and housecleaning.

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 11/9/2007 5:59 PM PST

Humpday Challenge: Podtacular

Through flame, ice, wind and shame, we get turned into chumps in this week's Humpday. Or do we?

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Halo 3 11/8/2007 3:11 PM PST

Bungie Weekly Update: 11/2/07

Recovering from the infection, downloadable content and no Frankie! It's a perfect storm!

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 11/2/2007 5:14 PM PDT

Humpday Challenge: Geezer Gamers

The semantics of "geezer" and antics not involving bodily fluids in this week's Humpday Challenge.

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Halo 3 11/1/2007 4:51 PM PDT

Infection Hopper Matchmaking Issues

We're aware that players are experiencing slowness in matching in today's special edition hopper. Men of the Top nature have been deployed.

Players in the limited edition "Living Dead" hopper are experiencing slowness when joining and subsequently matching as a Party. We're investigating the issue this morning. Thus far, Test has been able to join and match as a party in the hopper, but with slower-than-usual matchmaking times. Since that slowness is suboptimal, we're still investigating the issue and if we can find the root of the sloth, we'll squash it like the discarded Butterfingers covering the sidewalks of tomorrow. For now, joining solo should yield the fastest results, so if you're trying to grind out that Steppin' Razor or Overkill achievement, just join by your lonesome. We'll update this post with further information as needed.

Halo 3 10/31/2007 10:33 AM PDT permalink

Forum Maintenance [Complete]

The forums will be offline for an hour or two due to maintenance.

Update: This work is complete.

The forums will be offline temporarily for database maintenance.  We apologize for the poor timing.  We suggest playing Halo 3 instead.

Inside Bungie 10/30/2007 4:11 PM PDT permalink

Playlist of the Living Dead

On All Hallows Eve, when witchery is afoot, so walk the decaying remnants of man. Feast on brains for 27 terrifying hours.

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EventsHalo 3 10/30/2007 10:25 AM PDT

Contact Harvest Prologue

To celebrate Contact Harvest's release, Bungie's Joseph Staten has kindly made his Halo novel's prologue available here on

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Inside BungieHalo 10/30/2007 9:11 AM PDT

Play Halo 3 for Charity in NJ

If you live in the New Jersey area and are interested in playing some  Halo 3 for a good cause, you might want to take a look at this website. This is a private tournament and has no affiliation with Bungie or Microsoft.

If you live in the New Jersey area and are interested in playing some  Halo 3 for a good cause, you might want to take a look at this website. This is a private tournament and has no affiliation with Bungie or Microsoft.

Community 10/29/2007 12:30 PM PDT permalink

Bungie Weekly Update: 10/26/07

A couple of interesting developments in the Halo 3 world, including DLC, Banhammer and yes, Recon helmets.

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 10/26/2007 4:40 PM PDT

Bungie Podcast: Can it be Storytime?

If you have a warm fire, sit near it and let dapper Dave Dunn heat your heart with tales from Bungie Studios.

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Inside BungieBungie Podcast 10/25/2007 3:06 PM PDT

Humpday Challenge: EA Tiburon

Will the cool corporate efficiency of EA be enough to defeat the agility of independent Bungie? Well, it is EA Tuburon....

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Halo 3 10/25/2007 2:55 PM PDT

Bungie Visits MLG Finals in Vegas

Bungie's tales from the Major League Gaming Finals in Las Vegas.

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Halo 3 10/24/2007 2:24 PM PDT

Bungie Weekly Update: 10/19/07

A tale of two letters. A tale of two lists.

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Halo 3 10/19/2007 5:22 PM PDT

Waves Audio Plug-ins in Halo 3

One of the plug-ins that helped audio wizards Jay Weinland, CPaul and Marty O'Donnell turn it to 11.

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Halo 3 10/19/2007 12:07 PM PDT

Humpday Challenge: Oh, Mods

So this is what it feels like to be banned.

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Halo 3 10/18/2007 5:04 PM PDT

1,000,000 Strong and Growing

lukems writes:

The web team at Bungie Towers confirms that over 1 million people have registered on That's a lot of mini-vans full of users.

Chris Gossett, also known as RunningTurtle 'round these parts sent a note out this morning confirming that as of October 12, 1,000,000 users have registered here at That's an insane amount of Hot Pockets! Kidding aside, thanks for registering here at, we appreciate it and the web guys have made the site with you, the Community, in mind.

Community 10/18/2007 1:17 PM PDT permalink