343 Industries has announced that the next piece of the Halo: Master Chief Collection will be coming to PC next week. The company announced that Halo 3: ODST will officially join the collection for PC on Tuesday, September 22. The compilation contains some of the greatest first-person shooter games in history, as the Halo franchise is considered to be one of the most influential video game franchises of all time. Halo 3: ODST joins Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo: Reach, bringing the collection to four. The final piece of the set, Halo 4, is scheduled to be released before the end of 2020.
Halo 3: ODST will officially arrive on PC as a part of the Master Chief Collection, on September 22nd. Suit up, strap in, and prepare to return to New Mombassa. pic.twitter.com/Jm6yAEczvw
— Halo (@Halo) September 14, 2020
Despite the title’s affiliation, Halo 3: ODST ‘s storyline takes place during the events of Halo 2, during the Covenant’s initial invasion of Earth on a major city, New Mombassa. In addition, this is the first FPS Halo game where you don’t play as the famous Spartan Master Chief. Instead, you play as a group of elite soldiers called the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODST). They are also known as “Helljumpers” due to the fact that they drop down into combat via pods from orbit at high and extreme velocity. The story mainly follows a soldier called The Rookie, who’s pod crashes off course and must find their way back to the other ODST’s.
While this may have divided some of the fans who expected Chief to always be at the front and center of the series, this didn’t hamper the success of the game when it originally launched in 2009 for the Xbox 360. In the eleven years since it released, Halo 3: ODST has aged well for the fans, some of which consider it to be one of the better installments of the entire franchise. The title has been available for the Master Chief Collection on the Xbox One since 2015, and soon we’ll all be enjoying it on the keyboard and mouse as well.
As for 343 Industries’ other major IP, Halo Infinite, we’re more than likely not going to see any major updates on that one for a while. The game was originally slated as a launch title for the Xbox Series X/Xbox Series S but was delayed until 2021. The company also denied rumors that the game would suffer another delay, this time until 2022.