I'm an optimist so I say hell to the yes. How does the Xbox 360 Origen site
tie into Halo 3 you ask? Well if you zoom in (right-click on the picture and select Zoom) three times on the tree trunk you'll see a latin message:
What does all this Latin mean? Well the latin is,
in hoc spatio arbor noster floruit, fecundus pomies Elysii ignoti, qui in loco ludent electi, ab Originis angelis circumdati.
Which tranlates to,
In this space our tree has flourished abundant with the unknown fruits of Elysium, who will play in the chosen place, surrounded by the angels of Origen.
Elysium, as all you Halo folklorist know out there, is where the Master Chief himself, aka John Spartan, was brought up until he was snatched from his family as a child.
More on the Greek meaning/mythos of the word Elysium:
In Greek mythology, the Elysium (the spelling Elysium is a Latinization of the Greek word Elysion) are the Elysians Fields, the place where the mortals favored by the gods can go when they die. It is a peaceful and beautiful place similar to the modern concept of paradise.
Interesting. Not convinced yet? How about the fact that the last boss in Halo 2 was Tartarus, that name sounds funky. Could it have some kind of connection to some kind of Greek Mythology too? You friggin betcha. In Greek Mythologhy,
Tartarus is the opposite of the Elysium, the Underworld zone of eternal torment, where the greatest sinners were punished for their transgressions.
Now to me, all of those hidden meanings and connections to the Halo universe just screams Halo 3. But I stumped myself when I realized, Halo 2 just came out last year, Halo 2 took 3-4 years to make and they're going to have Halo 3 done in a little over a year? Why that can't be, can it?
Then I remembered a certain leak that a certain microsoft executive *cough*Steve Ballmer *cough* let slip in a certain press release
We're working on the next version -- I hate to tell you this confidentially but I'll have to swear you to secrecy now -- we're working on the next version of Xbox right now and we're working on Halo 2 and Halo 3, the two newest versions of the game.
Now why would this admittedly non-diehard non-gamer lie about this? I don't think he would. I think it was a genuine slip that caught the Bungie team offguard. Let's not also forget Bill Gates interview with Time magazine in which he also seemed to confirm that Halo 3 is closer than we think
It's perfect,' Gates says, radiant with bloodlust. 'The day Sony launches [the new PlayStation], and they walk right into Halo 3.
All this Halo 3 hype just gives me the urge to sing, what i've dubbed, the Master Chief's theme song. Ever see Team America? In the "America, F_ck Yeah!" song, substitue any "America" reference for "Master Cheif"..."Master Chief, f_ck yeah! Comin to say the muther f_ckin day yeah!"...Bask in the glory that is Halo.