August 20th 2009 11:01 am PT

How you can play Halo 3: ODST Firefight before anyone else


If you are dying to get your hands on Halo 3: ODST to try out the new Firefight multiplayer mode, then you may be in luck. Bungie, Microsoft and GameStop have teamed up to give you a chance to experience Firefight and maybe win some Halo swag. We’ve announced that the custom created Halo 3: ODST Transport vehicle that will be making stops at GameStops across the United States and offering you an up close and hands on look of this new Halo multiplayer mode.
The tour kicks off this Saturday at 12 noon at the GameStop right down the street from the Xbox offices. Join me and a bunch of folks from the Xbox team as we kick off the tour that may bring the Halo 3: ODST Transport to your area.


Halo 3: ODST Transport Vehicle Stops


Seattle (Redmond, WA)

Portland (Hillsboro, OR)

San Francisco (Union City, CA)

San Jose (Antioch, CA)

Los Angeles (Pasadena, CA)

San Diego, CA

Las Vegas (Henderson, NV)

Phoenix (Avendale, AZ)

Dallas (Southlake, TX)

Austin (Cedar Park, TX)

Houston (Tomball, TX)

Memphis, TN

Nashville (Murfreesboro, TN)

Indianapolis, IN

Chicago, IL

Detroit (Shelby Township, MI)

Cleveland (North Olmstead, OH)

Pittsburgh, PA

Philadelphia (Fairless Hills, PA)

Washington, DC (Woodbridge, VA)

Baltimore (Owings Mills, MD)

New York (North Babylon, NY)


Redmond Town Center

Tanasbourne Town Center

Union Landing

Center At Slatten Ranch

Hastings Village

Carmel Mt. Ranch

Whitney Ranch

Gateway Pavilion

Shops of Southlake

Lakeline Plaza

Spring Cypress Wal-Mart Center

Marketplace at Wolfcreek

College Central Shopping Center

Target 31 Shopping Center

The Brickyard Shopping Center

Shelby Town Center

Great Northern Plaza South

North Hills Village

Fairless Hills Towne Center

Smoketown Station

Garrison Forest Plaza Shopping Center

Sunset Plaza
























*For the most up to date list of tour cities, times and locations, visit

Events, Halo By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Woodlandbunny

    Awwwh, come to the UK please. :<

  • CyberKnight

    No love for the Mile High City. :'(

    Guess I’ll have to wait for the official launch date like everyone else. Oh well.

  • Disco Ball

    Might have to hit up the one in Fairless Hills Towne Center, PA. About 1.5 hour drive, but could be worth it. What times are these events taking place? All day or just in the evening?

  • Anonymous

    No Colorado I see, well that kinda blows.

  • Biomonkey

    No Florida, I guess they are scared of a potential hurricane :P

  • Tissu69

    You would think that NC would be on the list…

  • UNSCleric

    Thanks for coming to Minnesota.

  • Chux

    Wow, Owings Mills, like a whole week before release? I don’t understand why Annapolis (The state capital) can’t get more awesome promotional events.

  • Chitwood7412

    None in Georgia, oh well.

  • Computerdude103

    WHy do some states get multiple visits and some states get none? Unfairness!

  • RKilbane20

    OMG no way. North Olmstead, OH!!!!! that is only a 5 minute drive to there.

  • ThePurpleJoker

    Hmmmm, I’ll be in TX next month. I winder if I can get a rental car to drive down to Dallas.

  • aceattorney

    This rig is going to be sweet. Check out the teaser vid:

  • desi k

    Interesting, nothing in the midwest, not even IL

  • yolarrydabomb

    no parkersburg, WV

    o boooooo

  • modemman11

    I’m in pittsburgh pa, so I could go if I wanted (work schedule permitting), but meh. The halo series started going downhill with Halo 2. Halo 1 was the only good halo game.

  • tsrblke

    I gotta say, I’ve noticed with this as well as the Zune HD tour, you have a tendancy to come no where near my state (Missouri). Chicago doesn’t count. oh well, I guess that’s what I get for living in fly over country.

  • A Place for Us

    Too much love for the USA. :(

  • RedNectar

    San Jose (Antioch, CA)Center At Slatten Ranch 8/26
    Sorry I’m that person but Antioch is about 70 miles North of San Jose

  • desi k

    Oh guess there is IL… may have to make a road trip if there is anything else going on that weekend out there. Would like to see some NE/IA love for something Xbox related occasionally though.

  • RidinSlow

    Great to see it’s coming to my town.

    Major Nelson, can you update the post with links to maps of the locations? I am not getting good answers online for where the location is.


  • My Lunch

    Wow, actually coming to Tomball, TX. Thats awesome. I’ll be there!

  • neocraven

    Blighty really should get some love from Microsoft…but I suppose the EU would end up getting into a fit because they didn’t give Sony a fighting chance or some rubbish…

    Damn them all…damn them all to hell!!

  • tabicat

    Finally, an Xbox event in Austin. Thanks Major, I’ll be checking this out next month.

  • ElektroDragon

    I’ll be there in Redmond! But, I can’t find what time it starting! The Gamestop site is NOT helpful, doesn’t seem to have the tour info.

  • ElektroDragon

    Oh, nevermind, it would help to read carefully. 12 noon. :)

  • Devastator

    Hey! I live in North Babylon (the LAST one!)
    I should wear my armor!!!

  • QuecoJones

    Living in Jersey sucks… nothing ever happens near where I live.

  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    I’ll see you there Tabicat…can’t miss one of the only MS events in Central Texas!

  • pistolvixen

    Buffalo would’ve been a better choice than Detroit ;)

  • TimDawgz

    Wow, that’s weird. I’m half an hour away from Nashville, but the Gamestop they’re hitting is 2 miles from my house.

  • FlyExpress

    What about ireland

  • waldo15

    Yay! The Portland one is mere 5 min away from my office… I think I may have a very looooong lunch break that day…

  • Just2Lazzzy

    I live in London. Come do a “UK” gaming display. Especially London! ^_^ Why, “USA” every time. “UK” has great places too you know.

  • B5D Heyy You

    Of course, no one ever gives us Canadians love :(

  • My Big Boss

    In gamestop ODST the game is set to come in 22 November why?

  • Major Nelson

    The event in Redmond starts at 12n. Not sure about the other ones. It may be worth it to call the store they day before to ask.

  • AIaskanGrown

    of course your not coming to Alaska… come on its the prettiest part of the year, you would really enjoy yourselves.

  • S1L3NT STR1K3

    No Love for New Mexico. This sucks. only the most major towns are being hit.

  • Hurlamania

    I’ll be there 9/13

  • Vasilii Zaytsev

    I actually expected it to be outside the US.

  • Rokntek

    PA, Maryland, New York, but no Jersey?!? No pre-drop goodness for me!

  • Lites

    Good thing I moved away from NJ and moved to TN last year! Murfreesboro is 10 miles away from my house!!!


    College Central Shopping Center Here I come

  • a peeking duck

    Obviously this is a marketing thing done with GameStop who mostly operate in the US (although I saw one in Munich).

  • Matu Flp Krawfe

    Wait, why is this set up in a “tour” format rather than just a one day event (say Saturday) that would be more convenient to those of us who have extra-virtual obligations during the week?

  • SF Psycho

    Hey Major,
    Will the times that the truck will be at certain Gamestops be posted?


  • Deezul AwT

    According to a guy I spoke to at Gamestop, it’s going to Gamestops that were big sellers of Halo 3. That’s what he said, and yet his Gamestop is NOT the one for the DC area. Oh well, at least it’s not too far from where I’ll be that day. I’ll be there get my free goodies on the 17th.

  • Dark Knight 2K

    Aww, show Atlanta some love.

  • TeLeKiNeSiS

    I’m not surprised to not see St. Louis on the list. I thought we were on the map and have also proved our gaming prowess to the gaming community. I guess not. :\

  • Anonymous

    what does San Jose (Antioch, CA) mean? i’m not driving to Antioch