Expect a traffic jam around Seattle Center on Monday evening: Microsoft and Bungie are hosting a wild Halo fest at EMP to celebrate the release of “Halo 3: ODST” at midnight.
Organizers expect at least 1,000 fans will show up for the event. A spokesman said the event is also intended to mark the launch and celebrate the Halo culture, similar to the Blizzcon event for World of Warcraft fans.
It’s first-come, so lines will surely form before the doors open at 6 p.m. The event is open to people 17 or older (or accompanied by a parent or guardian), and attendees will also get free admission to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.
There will be Xboxes to play ODST, presentations by Bungie, a Halo costume contest and special t-shirts for the first 200 in the door. The event ends at 11, an hour before the game goes on sale at midnight.
ODST, a prequel to the Halo saga, is one of the most anticipated games of the year.
These guys are already en route for a t-shirt: