Japan gets double dosage of the Master Chief
In an effort to build up anticipation for the Japanese release of Halo 3, Microsoft released the Japan-only Halo History Pack yesterday.
Consisting of both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, the pack costs a paltry ￥2,980 (about $26 or €19) and is playable on all Japanese Xbox 360s with a quick download from Xbox Live, or via the handy update disc included inside the package.
Each game comes with the original full color manual (Halo: Combat Evolved also comes with a color, mini walk-thru of the first level) and is packaged in a silver “Platinum Collection” DVD case.
Also included is a leaflet that details some info about the state of Halo 3 in the Land of the Rising Sun. According to the leaflet, both the limited edition and regular versions of Halo 3 (Japan doesn’t get the legendary pack) will be released on Thursday, September 27th. Oddly, both will retail for the same price of ￥7,140 (about $62 or €45). A special military green Xbox 360 system will also be released on the same day, along with special Halo 3 wireless controllers and headsets.
Whether this Halo 3 blitz is enough to stir up traditionally lukewarm interest here in Japan over first-person shooter games (and Microsoft game consoles) is yet to be seen.
A quick side note for English speaking people planning on picking up the Halo History Pack: Halo: Combat Evolved is completely in Japanese (menus, dialog…everything) with no option to change languages and no subtitles, while Halo 2 can be played entirely in English (with the exception of the dialog, though English subtitles are available for cut scenes).