Via 1up news, Bungie's statement that they'll have some big news to share next week about the Halo series. From their post: "A bunch of stuff is going down to celebrate the 5th anniversary of a little game we like to call Halo. In November 2001, Halo launched alongside the Xbox console, and the rest is history. Next year, Halo 3 will conclude the story arc begun all those years ago and next week, we'll take a long lingering look at the series to date. There will also be some pretty BIG surprises and maybe announcements. Who can say?" 1up has posted up a blow-by-blow account of their time with Halo 3's multiplayer, which is well worth checking out for anyone shunning Gears for Halo 2 this week.