Could this be a new commercial for the US Space Force?
No, it’s actually the trailer to a nearly decade-old video game but it would be pretty cool if it was.
Released in 2009, Halo 3: ODST covers the saga of the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODST), special operations troops of the fictional United Nations Space Command who drop into combat zones via orbit-launched reentry pods.
While the game is one of the smaller releases of the Halo franchises and the player did not take on the role of the iconic SPARTAN super soldiers the series is known for, ODST was a massive hit and bestseller.
The idea of soldiers dropping from space is nothing new: from film to tabletop gaming, orbital shock troops have been part of the human imagination since before the advent of space travel.
One of the most groundbreaking fictional stories of drop troops comes from the work of Robert Heinlein, who published Starship Troopers in 1959. While it was later turned into an awesomely terrible film that bore no resemblance to the actual story, the book is still revered to this day as an excellent primer on duty and military life, to the point where it long had a place on the “recommended reading lists” for several military branches, including the US Army and Marine Corps.
Despite advancements in warfare, one thing has, and will likely always be a constant: from raising one’s sword over the Halls of Montezuma to spinning up powered armor the front lines of a distant planet, there will always be a man on the ground -with a weapon- who is ready to take the fight to the enemy.
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