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Legendary Halo: Reach Bundle To Include Campaign Commentary

From beginning to end, owners of the 150-dollar bundle can rock out with some devs in their ears.

Unlike last time, Halo: Reach's Legendary special edition bundle doesn't come with a helmet fit for a feline. Instead, it will ship with a 10-pound, 10-inch-tall McFarlane Toys diorama of Noble Team--and that's in addition to exclusive online unlocks, a physical diary, and a smattering of documents that explores the game's fiction. But if that's not enough to get you to smack 150 dollars down on a retailer's counter with confidence, Bungie is probably hoping a bonus in-game campaign commentary track might do the trick.

Bungie busted out the news of the track on its official website earlier last week, and even dropped a few specifics about. According to the studio, around two hours of spoiler-filled audio were recorded for the track, most of it dealing with "unrevealed aspects" of Reach's production. The game's creative director Marcus Lehto, audio director Marty O'Donnell, cinematics and story lead Lee Wilson, and effects lead Steve Scott will be featured. 
 
And for you commentary hounds out there, apparently all these guys were recorded while chilling in the same room at the same time, unlike some of the lousier DVD commentaries you may have heard.
 


== TEASER ==Also, if you were wondering, the seemingly short run time of the track is the end result of Bungie's "judicious editing" that is being said to deliver audio only during the game's "most impactful moments." This is also purportedly Bungie's "final word" on the series, which makes sense considering this is in fact the studio's final Halo game.
 
The full blurb from the website:

Go inside Bungie and get direct access to the team that created the franchise as they play through their last and most ambitious entry in series, Halo: Reach. To celebrate the event – and to commemorate those fans who picked up the Legendary Edition of Halo: Reach – Creative Director, Marcus Lehto, Audio Director and Composer, Marty O’Donnell, Cinematics and Story Lead, Lee Wilson, and Effects Lead, Steve Scott sit down together to deliver two full hours of exclusive, behind-the-scenes campaign commentary covering unrevealed aspects of Halo: Reach’s production. From concept to cutting room floor, this last look back is the final word on Halo: Reach’s development, straight from the team that built the game.


The Halo: Reach Legendary edition is currently sold-out on GameStop.com, but it's still available in stores, as well as some online retailers like Amazon.com. As is usual with these bundles, Halo: Reach LE is a limited-release thing, so, if in-game commentary or a wicked diorama are things you'd like to have, you'd probably be doing yourself a favor by pre-ordering the bundle sooner than later.
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Posted by BradNicholson

Unlike last time, Halo: Reach's Legendary special edition bundle doesn't come with a helmet fit for a feline. Instead, it will ship with a 10-pound, 10-inch-tall McFarlane Toys diorama of Noble Team--and that's in addition to exclusive online unlocks, a physical diary, and a smattering of documents that explores the game's fiction. But if that's not enough to get you to smack 150 dollars down on a retailer's counter with confidence, Bungie is probably hoping a bonus in-game campaign commentary track might do the trick.

Bungie busted out the news of the track on its official website earlier last week, and even dropped a few specifics about. According to the studio, around two hours of spoiler-filled audio were recorded for the track, most of it dealing with "unrevealed aspects" of Reach's production. The game's creative director Marcus Lehto, audio director Marty O'Donnell, cinematics and story lead Lee Wilson, and effects lead Steve Scott will be featured. 
 
And for you commentary hounds out there, apparently all these guys were recorded while chilling in the same room at the same time, unlike some of the lousier DVD commentaries you may have heard.
 


== TEASER ==Also, if you were wondering, the seemingly short run time of the track is the end result of Bungie's "judicious editing" that is being said to deliver audio only during the game's "most impactful moments." This is also purportedly Bungie's "final word" on the series, which makes sense considering this is in fact the studio's final Halo game.
 
The full blurb from the website:

Go inside Bungie and get direct access to the team that created the franchise as they play through their last and most ambitious entry in series, Halo: Reach. To celebrate the event – and to commemorate those fans who picked up the Legendary Edition of Halo: Reach – Creative Director, Marcus Lehto, Audio Director and Composer, Marty O’Donnell, Cinematics and Story Lead, Lee Wilson, and Effects Lead, Steve Scott sit down together to deliver two full hours of exclusive, behind-the-scenes campaign commentary covering unrevealed aspects of Halo: Reach’s production. From concept to cutting room floor, this last look back is the final word on Halo: Reach’s development, straight from the team that built the game.


The Halo: Reach Legendary edition is currently sold-out on GameStop.com, but it's still available in stores, as well as some online retailers like Amazon.com. As is usual with these bundles, Halo: Reach LE is a limited-release thing, so, if in-game commentary or a wicked diorama are things you'd like to have, you'd probably be doing yourself a favor by pre-ordering the bundle sooner than later.
Posted by PerryVandell

Eh, I'll stick with the normal edition.

Edited by Raymayne

Normal edition for me. Not to say I'm not interested in all these nice extra features I just don't wanna spend so much..

Posted by R3Qui4M

yw

Posted by hedfone

Eh, I'll stick with the not get it edition

Posted by R3Qui4M

nooo 

Posted by billnyethesciencepie

HEY GUYS LOOK A STORY THAT WAS WRITTEN ABOUT 100000 DAYS AGO

Posted by Spartan117Tron

My girlfriend preordered the legendary edition for me

Posted by Binman88

Two hours doesn't seem like a whole lot. Still, if I was a rabid Halo fan I'd be happy to listen to it.

Posted by InfiniteGeass
@Fullmetal216 said:
" Eh, I'll stick with the normal edition. "
Posted by JYoung

Now that's something I'd hypothetically buy a special edition of a game for.

Posted by Jeffsekai

Awesome! :D

Posted by Vinny_Says

this just goes back to what they discussed at the PAX panel.

Posted by ShaneDev

Not worth the extra money but I wish they put it in every version. It will probably be up on YouTube at some point so I might see it there.

Posted by Mystyr_E

rather buy another game with the cash I'd save not getting the legendary. I'll just youtube this stuff

Posted by ArbitraryWater

That actually sounds somewhat cool, but my interest in halo has become such that I really don't want to get any version of reach.

Posted by Evilsbane

The commentary is really tempting as I do like the Universe but I don't think the commentary is worth 90 bucks.

Posted by yakov456

I wouldn't buy it, but that is a great idea. Hopefully some other companies follow suit.

Posted by Stealthmaster86
@yakov456: Alan Wake had it and so did the Orange Box.
Posted by audiosnag

Sweeet.
Pre-ordered the LE so the more stuff they decide to cram in it the better.

Posted by Fjordson

Legendary Edition day one. Can't wait.

Posted by CronoXtream

id buy it but i dont have that kinda money to toss around

Posted by Finstern

will it be a second dvd or a different game disc to the normal version?

Posted by MumRaww

Valve does commentary tracks for free, find this to be a kind of bullshit incentive even though I'm really interested in what they have to say.

Posted by billnyethesciencepie

hey nicholson, get the story right next time. ITs not in game commentary, its a special video on the disc

Posted by JeanLuc

Seems like to neat idea. To bad I have no spare money for the crazy $150 edition.

Posted by HandsomeDead

I wish I had the money because it was great on Halo 3.

Posted by Bgrngod

Score, this should be fun.  I've never heard of a commentary for a video game before like this.  It seems to frickin' obvious now that I read about it.
 
I'm a sucker for Super-Special-Uber Editions and can't wait to pick up this 10 ton monstrosity next week.  (next week right?)

Posted by csl316

First time I'm skipping a Special/Crazy Limited Edition for any game in quite some time.

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Posted by reyray

I look upon multiple editions of games insouciantly. If it's a great game, it really doesn't matter which version I get. Dust magnets and commentaries that I will listen to once, not a big enough reason for the upscale price point.  

Posted by Pie

Man, I love commentary tracks..... 
Just too much money. Why can't they just include this with the lesser special edition aswell? 

Posted by big_jon

Super happy to hear this.
Posted by Rawrnosaurous

I can't spend 150 dollars on one game, there are many many good games out there that I don't own and many more that have yet to come out. While it is very tempting with everything they are packing together in this legendary edition of the game, I'm going with the normal edition and like what happens with everything video game related I'll be able to listen to the commentary on youtube videos.

Posted by DougQuaid

Eh... I am not going to get burned again.  The $120 'Cat Helmet' edition of Halo 3 was totally not worth it. 
 
Collector's editions are getting way out of hand these days.

Posted by LordXavierBritish

Oh cool, I love paying extra for things other developers do for free.

Posted by patrick
@DougQuaid said:
" Eh... I am not going to get burned again.  The $120 'Cat Helmet' edition of Halo 3 was totally not worth it.  Collector's editions are getting way out of hand these days. "
You knew what you were getting into going in, soldier.
Posted by Fjordson
@Bgrngod said:
" Score, this should be fun.  I've never heard of a commentary for a video game before like this.  It seems to frickin' obvious now that I read about it.  I'm a sucker for Super-Special-Uber Editions and can't wait to pick up this 10 ton monstrosity next week.  (next week right?) "
Yes sir. Next Tuesday. FPS of the forever. Can't wait for this space crate to arrive on my doorstep.
Posted by Steve_Ramirez

I'll pick it up a couple months into 2011 maybe. Regular edition seems fine to me. 

Posted by Frostburn

Sad they are only including the commentary in the Legendary Edition, a lot of people interested in hearing are going to miss out because they don't care to buy that version.  Oh well.

Posted by PersianSpice

Well that's no fun. 

Posted by Cybexx

I did pre-order the Legendary Edition because I am a sucker, but I have been pretty satisfied with previous Halo collector's editions. I was a bit bummed with this one because unlike the previous ones this doesn't come with a Bonus DVD (or Two!) and I am a sucker for well produced behind the scenes material. The Halo behind the scenes stuff has gone deeper than I would expect, your not just paying to watch a PR reel of the game you already own, they actually get into the technical design of the engine and the level design / gameplay design.   
  
The lack of any bonus footage (Unless it is an unlock on every disk like many Sony published games) felt kind of weird for them to be going out on their final Halo game without the complete package. But this commentary mode alleviates those concerns a bit.

Posted by BreedEvil

I just paid this off today! totally excited!! woot!

Edited by HallwayGiant

Not sure why the article writer seems to think this is some kind of in-game commentary. It makes it (somewhat) clear that this is a long 2 hour+ video, not a in-game thang.
 
I say that because of the paragraph immediately following the quote in the article:

"The bonus content covers a full campaign play-through, from start to finish, judiciously edited to excise the downtime and deliver only the most impactful moments. The end result is a potent combination of intense campaign gameplay fused with insightful, and dare I say whimsical, commentary from some of our studio’s brightest minds (and Marty, too!)."

Posted by kariyanine

I got the Halo 3 Legendary Edition and kind of love my Spartan Helmet.  If I was not getting the Reach 360, I would probably be plopping money down on this but I can't justify 2 copies of the game and $550 on Halo next week.

Posted by Glak

Much as I love Halo, 150 is kinda steep

Posted by osuzoo08

Alan Wakes video commentary was really nice. I really like when developers do these kind of things.

Edited by Cybexx
@HallwayGiant said:

" Not sure why the article writer seems to think this is some kind of in-game commentary. It makes it (somewhat) clear that this is a long 2 hour+ video, not a in-game thang.
 
I say that because of the paragraph immediately following the quote in the article:

"The bonus content covers a full campaign play-through, from start to finish, judiciously edited to excise the downtime and deliver only the most impactful moments. The end result is a potent combination of intense campaign gameplay fused with insightful, and dare I say whimsical, commentary from some of our studio’s brightest minds (and Marty, too!)."

"
Oh yeah, reading the source it is pretty obvious that it is almost assuredly a video, not a Riddick / Valve / Alan Wake style commentary system. This sounds similar to the Halo 1 / Halo 2 cinematics with commentary DVD included with Halo 3 Legendary. Except this sounds like it will probably have a lot of gameplay footage too, even though they talked about a lot of other stuff besides the cinematics during the last DVD (like the Underwater Tank level and why Halo 2 ended so abruptly). This does bring to question if there is a bonus disc with other stuff they haven't announced, otherwise where are they storing this video?
Posted by HallwayGiant
@Cybexx: Nah, the commentary is a special download that comes with the Legendary edition (they've mentioned as such in the past).  That makes me hopeful that that they might sell/make it available sometime after release.
Posted by TheMelvynExperience

Seem's like more gas than its worth. I'll stick with normal edition.

Posted by Sammo21

Yeah, sorry Bungie...its still not worth $150.  I'm getting the middle edition, as usual.  I will say, it is better than the Halo 3 special edition.

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