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Halo 3 Legendary Edition

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"We wanted to take the collectors set to a higher level."
Brian Jarrard, Bungie
Some of the contents belonging to the Legendary edition.

The Halo 3 Legendary Edition is the ultimate collector's edition of Halo 3. The Legendary Edition costs $129.99 plus tax and was released on September 25th, 2007.[1]


The boxset is composed of two parts: the inner box (which is the actual box itself) has an image of an activated Portal, while the outer box (which is a simple cover) has a large 3 printed on it, with the words "Halo 3 Legendary Edition" below that. On the other side of this is a large picture of the Master Chief, which can be used as a poster.


The set includes:

  • The Halo 3 game disc
  • An interactive Xbox 360 disc (included also in the Collector's Edition). The contents of the disc are the following:
    • Includes a documentary of the "Making of Halo 3"
    • Warthog Launch flash game
    • Exclusive Halo 3 gamer avatars and dashboard theme
    • Exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage and videos, a high-definition "Making of 'Halo 3'", a documentary showcasing the Bungie team and its effort to create the most anticipated title in the industry's history, numerous high-definition featurettes documenting the creative design processes involved in developing the game; and a look at some early game concepts and their evolution through the game's development.
    • Audio/Video calibration tool and Bungie-guided network setup.
  • A Legendary DVD
    • This contains the cutscenes from Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 in chronological order with optional developer commentary featuring Joseph Staten, Marty O'Donnell, and Jason Jones. Both games are played on the Xbox and played on the Legendary difficulty. Also included on the disc is a guide to the 7 Steps to World Domination plan, included in a short history of Bungie, as well as a documentary chronicling Cortana voice actor Jen Taylor as she learns about the Bungie fan community. Furthermore, included was an episode of This Spartan Life which included footage made in Halo 3, and two episodes of Red vs Blue, "The Call" and a special edition of Red vs Blue Episode I. Included in the special edition of Red vs Blue Episode I was a short mockumentary about the time leading up to the creation of the series. Also, on this disc is the expanded digital Bestiarum and also the surround sound test carried over from Halo 2.
  • A scaled-down, non-wearable replica model of a MJOLNIR Mark VI helmet
  • A plastic stand with a slot for the two DVD cases which the helmet can mount over. The stand includes an individualized ID tag at the base
  • A book containing a selection of storyboards for the game's cutscenes, illustrated by Lee R. Wilson.


  • The Halo 3 Legendary edition, as well as its Halo: Reach counterpart, are both named after the Legendary difficulty setting.
  • While Disc 1 (Collector's Edition essentials disc) featured a still version of the Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie logos, Disc 2 (Legendary Edition essentials disc) featured the Halo 2 version of the logos in widescreen, as seen in Halo 2 Vista.