Halo 3 disc count fiasco clarified

Last night's Bungie Weekly Update helped clarify the multiple game disc confusion when yesterday's official box art hit the web. Frankie stated that the collector's edition will not include three discs and that the press photo was not only mislabeled, but wrongly included the third disc. What will be included in the collector's edition is two Xbox 360 discs both only playable on the 360; the Halo 3 game and bonus content. The third DVD, which can be played on any DVD player, is real and has bonus content but is only included in the legendary edition.

Also announced is that the collector's edition special art book will indeed be included on the legendary edition, but in digital form on the third bonus disc. The good news is that it'll include more art that is not included in the hard bound book. Phew! Yes, it's a little confusing and that's why we've posted a complete rundown of what's going to be in the standard, collector's, and legendary editions after the break.

Halo 3 Regular Edition
- Plain lime green case
- Halo 3 for Xbox 360

Halo 3 Collector's Edition
- Collectible Metal Case
- Halo 3 for Xbox 360
- Bestiarum: A hard cover, bound collection of information and art covering the species, cultures and civilizations of Halo 3.
-Interactive Xbox 360 Bonus disc (included in both Collector's and Legendary editions):
1) Hi-Def Halo: Bungie's graphics and audio engineers have created a simple to use, Halo-themed calibration tool to make the most of your Home Theater experience.
2) Art Attack: Exclusive Halo 3 Gamer Pics and Dashboard theme, a vast gallery of concept and production art (complete with musical accompaniment) and a fully playable version of a classic Halo-themed mini-game.
3) Featurettes: A series of short films covering a range of subjects, from making your Network play nice with Multiplayer, to the challenges of building the biggest Halo ever.

Halo 3 Legendary Edition
-Fully sculpted Spartan Mjolnir Mark VI helmet
-Halo 3 for Xbox 360
-Storyboard Collection: Exclusive selection of storyboard art from Halo 3's cinematics.
-Interactive Xbox 360 Bonus disc (included in both Collector's and Legendary editions):
1) Hi-Def Halo: Bungie's graphics and audio engineers have created a simple to use, Halo-themed calibration tool to make the most of your Home Theater experience.
2) Art Attack: Exclusive Halo 3 Gamer Pics and Dashboard theme, a vast gallery of concept and production art (complete with musical accompaniment) and a fully playable version of a classic Halo-themed mini-game.
3) Featurettes: A series of short films covering a range of subjects, from making your Network play nice with Multiplayer, to the challenges of building the biggest Halo ever.

-Legendary Disc: Found only in the Halo 3 Legendary Edition, this Disc is a DVD disc that will play in your 360 or on any DVD player and features a wealth of rich, unique and exclusive content. Contents include:
1) Halo Cinematics Reloaded – completely remastered, hi-res versions of the Halo and Halo 2 cinematics with 5.1 audio and complete with optional "Director's Commentary" track featuring Marty O'Donnell, Joseph Staten and Jason Jones.
2) Bestiarum, an expanded digital guide to the creatures, cultures and worlds of Halo 3, with art and assets exclusive to this interactive edition.
3) The Cortana Chronicles – Jen Taylor, the voice of Cortana, takes us on a tour of the worldwide Halo fan community ,where she meets Halo fanatics from near and far, obscure and famous alike.
4) Plus: All-new, exclusive Machinima episodes from Red Vs. Blue and This Spartan Life and a novel "mockumentary" voiced by Sgt. Johnson himself, David Scully.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.