Today, the 5th anniversary of the Xbox and Halo: Combat Evolved, Microsoft and Bungie announced some big news about the most important franchise in video games today.
The first is that a TV commercial will run on December 4th during Monday Night Football, where the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles will be playing, that will be full CG but will begin the hype machine starting to move it's gears for the inevitably huge Halo 3. Shortly after the commercial will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace as well as the second in the Halo 3 "making of" series of videos.
The second announcement was that new Halo 2 maps will be released this spring. These maps will be available only on Xbox 360 and will require gamers to have a Hard Drive, which is already required to play backwards compatible games like Halo 2 anyway.
More after the jump.