The word from Bungie is that they consider the final chapter in the Halo
story 99.9% complete. They're now in the home stretch
, with time to polish. Says Luke Smith, "That last .1% percent is pretty important, however. Right now, some testing is being done in a controlled retail environment via our Halo 3 Epsilon. You've probably seen reports online or even folks on your friends' list playing it, so here's the scoop: The Epsilon is a closed, final phase testing for Halo 3. We won't be making the Epsilon available for public consumption, so while that's immensely disappointing for folks hoping that Friends and Family invites would be extended for the Epsilon, just know that each day you wait in agony is another day closer to September 25."
Wired has a huge blowout feature
on the title, with lots of screenshots, discussion of how the game was made, and more.