Halo Anniversary pre-order bonuses revealed

Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced a few pre-order goodies coming with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary: Master Chief armor for your Avatar, and a "Grunt Funeral" Skull game mod. The armor is exactly what it sounds like, a chance to dress up your Avatar in the duds of John 117. The Skull makes Grunts explode like a plasma grenade upon death, setting up hilarious (and tragic) chain reactions of grunty demise.

The announcement didn't mention specific retailers, so check with your shop of choice before you plunk down your money for a pre-order. Also, if you happen to be attending the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, you can check out a Halo panel with 343 Industries. It will be held on Friday, July 22 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. The panelists include Frank O'Connor, Kevin Grace, special guests Greg Bear and Karen Traviss, and promises a retrospective of Halo and "sneak peek" into what's next for the series.