Though clearly visible in the corner
of the Halo 3: Recon
announcement yesterday, Microsoft has made sure to clarify that the "Hell Jumpers" campaign will be released as a standalone product next year (no confirmation of a downloadable version just yet). Halo 3: Recon
will not require the Halo 3
game disc and, in fact, seems to include all of the multiplayer components of the original Halo 3
, in addition to new maps and Forge options. Recon
will also support Saved Films, screenshots, Campaign Scoring, and 4-player co-op. The game is scheduled for release in fall 2009.
Update: Bungie's Luke Smith clarifies
is a "Bungie-made Halo
game." In other words, no, it will not be third-person or feature gameplay uncharacteristic of past entries in the series.