Bungie has said that the future of the co-operative Halo 3: ODST mode Firefight is not set, and that it has every chance of reappearing in future Halo games.
"The number one question these days is whether we're going to do DLC for ODST and add more Firefight maps. Right now we honestly have no plans to do that because we have another huge game in the works," community lead Brian Jarrard told Eurogamer during the Penny Arcade Expo.
"I can't talk too much about Reach specifics, but hopefully the game mode's going to be received as well we think it will be, and people are going to enjoy it. I don't think we've ever been known to really take things away from each successive release, so I think it's safe to say that if Firefight gets a lot of traction and people love it, it probably has a good future home in our next title as well."
It certainly made an impression on us, as you can read in today's Halo 3: ODST Firefight hands-on preview.
We also asked Jarrard, given the Orbital Drop Shock Trooper's unique characteristics relative to the Master Chief (his shorter jump, different weapon skills and lack of a recharging overshield), whether the developer had considered dropping ODSTs into regular Halo multiplayer and seeing how that played out.
"I think a decision was made pretty much at the beginning that we were not going to touch the competitive multiplayer aspect for this game," he said. "I'm not aware of any real time spent on injecting ODST into the competitive multiplayer experience."
Halo 3: ODST is due out for Xbox 360 on 22nd September. Look out for a review around then.