Celebrate the Halo 3 10th Anniversary With a Throwback Playlist in Halo 5 (VIDEO)
The third installment in the Halo series released on September 25th of 2007, marking the last time Bungie would work on the franchise before handing the reigns off to 343 Industries. In order to celebrate the Halo 3 10th anniversary, 343 has released a celebratory blog post for the occasion and added a Throwback Playlist to Halo 5 featuring some of the third game’s well-liked maps and loadouts.
Using Halo 5’s Forge, 343 has worked with some dedicated fans to bring classic maps from Halo 3 to the Throwback playlist such as Guardian, Citadel, The Pit, Boundless aka Snowbound, Ghost Town, Isolation, and High Ground. Loadouts for the game will feature weapons utilized in Halo 3 and the start of each map will begin with players using a Halo 5 Battle Rifle and an Assault Rifle.
We’re very excited to be launching this ‘classic’ style playlist which is something many, many players have been asking for since well before I joined 343. I’d like to give another shout out and thanks to Sierra Team (Uny, Sara, Eric, and Kyle) for their work to make this playlist a reality, as well as the community Forgers who put so much time into these wonderful maps.
In order to make Halo 3 fans feel even more at home, 343 has played around with match settings such as disabling Spartan abilities, increasing the motion tracker’s range to 25, modifying players movement speeds, as well health and shield recharge rates to be more or less the same as what was featured in the throwback game.
The blog post commemorating Halo 3’s 10th anniversary is filled with comments and nostalgic stories from developers and their experiences with the franchise, many of which grew up playing the series when it was in Bungie’s hands. Whether it’s stories from developing Halo 3, or members of 343 who played the game such as Head of 343 Industries, Bonnie Ross; those who played Halo 3 all have some fond memories to share.
The launch of Halo 3 was a bittersweet moment for me on so many levels. I loved Halo 3, especially taking a road trip down Tsavo Highway, which is one of my all-time favorite Halo missions. That scenic drive, with so many very satisfying road kill opportunities, is something I’ll always remember. But it was also a time when Bungie and people we had worked closely with for eight years were leaving to pursue their next dream. In many ways, I think of Halo 3 as Bungie’s love letter to the fans and that letter still resonates with me personally to this day.
It’s always nice seeing fans of a community coming together to make events such as this a success. Are you going to be celebrating Halo 3’s 10th anniversary? Let us know your thoughts on Halo 3 and more in the comments section below. As always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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