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Microsoft responds to increased price for Halo 3: ODST

When Halo: Recon was fisrt announced , and before it become Halo 3:ODST, both Brian Jerrard and Joe Staten at Bungie separately stated that the game wasn’t going to be a full retail experience. So it wouldn’t carry the full retail experience price. Staten said, “We do not view this as a $60 title,” while Jerrard remarked, “I think this is going to be a good value and a lot of content but we’re not viewing this as sort of a full game release in the sense of Halo 3.” When pressed further about pricing, Jerrard said that it was too soon to tell, but that they were thinking of something “value-oriented.”

Joystiq contacted Bungie and Microsoft for comment today, because the price was finally revealed at E3, the price being $59.99, we or anyone else didn’t have a full explanation for the full retail approach. Joystiq noted that retailer are pricing the game at the standard $59.99 price point, the Gamestop exclusive premium pack being the lone exception to the price margin.

A Microsoft spokesperson responded Joystiq and said, “At the time of those statements, the overall scope of Halo 3: ODST was not yet finalized, and since then the project has grown increasingly more ambitious. We believe this standalone experience is much more than just an expansion. Halo 3: ODST provides a new campaign from the point of view of an entirely new character. Combine that with three new multiplayer maps, the entirely new cooperative mode called Firefight, and the complete Halo 3 multiplayer collection on a standalone disc, we feel this is a good value and tremendous addition to the Halo franchise.”

If you already have the multiplayer maps, you will be basically be paying for content you already own. We will see this September if the game is worth the price.

[Via Joystiq]

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