Big Halo 3 ODST Sales And The Return Of Master Chief

With Halo 3: ODST selling 2.5 million copies within two weeks of release, Bungie talks to USA Today about the future of the franchise, merchandising and the possible return of Master Chief.

The Halo franchise has sold more than 25 million copies combined so far, with Halo 3: ODST, the recently released standalone game, making up a good 10% of that in just two weeks on store shelves. Along with next year's prequel Halo: Reach, Bungie and Microsoft have a whole lot of Halo going on. There's a new comic book series, Blood Line, kicking off in December, the Halo Legends anime, the Halo: Evolution anthology novel, and the trilogy from acclaimed science fiction author Greg Bear, due out next year. And you know Todd McFarlane isn't going to stop milking the franchise anytime soon.

But with all of this Halo merchandising, there's still something missing. Where's Master Chief? Bungie's Frank O'Connor says that everyone's favourite Spartan can't possibly be gone for long.

As for Master Chief, odds are he will be seen again. "I think that (his) fate, Cortana's fate and the identity of that giant, dark planet at the ending (on the game's hardest skill level) - that's a spoiler - are probably big mysteries that would be irritating if they were just cliffhangers," O'Connor says. "We do have a plan that goes out at least six years," he says. "Eventually, it will become very apparent that there is a plan for the way the canon all ties together and the way the comic books and the novels all tie together."

See? They have a plan, and once it comes to fruition, the world will tremble at their feet...or at least be really happy to see MC and Cortana again.

Video game 'Halo' spins off books, action figures and more [USA Today]

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    Well Halo: Reach is supposed to have Grey Team in it. And if The Cole Protocol's Grey Team is anything like Halo: Reach's Grey Team, then we'll have Spartans Adrianna, Mike and Jai.

    Fank O'Connor doesn't work for Bungie anymore, he works for 343 Industries

    @Thomas, i think you're confused with "Fank Thomas" not "Frank Thomas".

    Anyway - i think this proves Bungie isn't walking away from Halo. Maybe Microsoft didn't let their greed get in the way and are saving for Halo 4 or whatever continues on from Halo 3 to Bungie when they're ready after their new IP. (Which i think will be in 2011).

    Thats good cause that ending in Halo 3 was some epic shit right their. My prediction is: Halo: Reach introduces the character Dr. Catherine Halsey and that the game kind of goes over the plots of the books released that are set before Halo 1. This shows also that Dr. Halsey gets trapped in that Shield World which will then be the world that Cortana and Chief discover at the end of Halo 3.

    I heard there is a new Celebrity MasterChief spinoff coming...

    I hope the Bungie plan is better than the Cylon plan as the Cylons despite all of their supposed planning just seemed to make it up as they went along.

    I still can't believe they killed off Sgt Johnson. OK so he can reappear in the prequils but anything set after Halo 3 is gonna need a new kickass Sgt.

    With the success of ODST we will see some more titles following this team along as well, both before and after the current one. They may even join up with MC at some point.

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