Bungie Studios has released a teaser trailer for its next instalment of the Halo series due out next year.

Although not telling you much, the trailer shows off the level of detail gamers can expect when it is launched on Microsoft's Xbox360 games console.

"There's no AI visible in the demo, no multiplayer, and the entire thing has been left deliberately subdued both to give scale to the artifact and because this is our announcement. The real stuff will come later." The company said in a statement on its website.

However the company has said that it will be releasing a weekly diary on the progress of the game.

Although details are sketchy, Bungie has said that cinematics are going to be as vital a part of Halo 3 as they were in Halo 2 and Halo: Combat Evolved.

"As before, they will use the game engine to keep the player feeling like a part of the action."

Graphically, the game follows closely in the tradition of Halo 2, although obviously upgraded to take advantage of the Xbox 360's more prodigious visual abilities.

The trailer is available on

You Tube

or to Xbox360 owners via the Xbox marketplace.