Largest Beta of its Kind for the Biggest Blockbuster Game of the Year Launches Worldwide on May 3
Set your countdown clocks. The Halo: Reach multiplayer beta, which is poised to be one of the biggest test events in entertainment history, kicks off in just five days. Among the millions of Halo fans eagerly anticipating the beta is actress Aisha Tyler. Available starting tomorrow is a video introduction to the beta starring the actress, viewable exclusively through the Halo 3: ODST game disc. Tyler walks through all of the exciting new game modes and offers her own tips and insider hints for each of the maps while showing off some life-size Halo weaponry. Its a fun introduction to the beta that no fan should miss.
The Halo: Reach multiplayer beta is set to be the definitive Xbox LIVE event of the spring and will run from May 3 through May 19. The beta will be accessible via the Halo 3: ODST game disc (an Xbox LIVE Gold membership and Internet connection are required to play). The beta will offer millions of Halo fans a unique opportunity to test and help refine the biggest blockbuster game of 2010.
As this is a beta, Bungie will be turning on different modes at different times to optimize testing. The beta kicks off with three playlists featuring the all-new, highly competitive Arena mode (4v4 ranked Team Slayer games) as well as Free-for-All and Grab Bag playlists, which include a mix of classic and brand new game types. Beginning May 7, the new large-scale Spartan vs. Elite Invasion playlist will be added to the beta. Finally, beginning May 14 the Generator Defense game type will become available.
Everyone who logs in and plays at least one full game of any type in the Halo: Reach beta will receive a free Halo: Reach Avatar hoodie via the Halo Waypoint portal on Xbox LIVE. To redeem the hoodie, players must access Halo Waypoint and browse their Halo Career statistics after completing a match. Additionally, as a way to give even more Halo fans a chance to join the fun, online multiplayer for the Halo: Reach beta, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 3 will be free for all Xbox LIVE members during the Halo Multiplayer Unlock Weekend, which runs from May 14 at 9 a.m. PDT through May 17 at 9 a.m. PDT.
Continue the experience online at the Halo: Reach experience site, www.welcometonobleteam.com. The destination is designed to capture the imagination of Halo fans and introduce newcomers to the fiction of Halo: Reach through videos, interactive experiences and additional content. For more information throughout the beta thats accessible from your Xbox 360, be sure to visit Halo Waypoint for exciting Halo: Reach coverage and features from a variety of sources including Giant Bomb, G4 and Machinima.coms Inside Gaming. Dont miss out on the newest videos, interviews, montages, and screenshots as Halo Waypoint showcases Halo: Reach every step of the way.
Representing the best-in-class multiplayer elements that have become the hallmark of the Halo series and fused with a host of new content and features, Halo: Reach offers the most robust, action-packed multiplayer experience ever and promises to set a new standard for competitive gameplay, customization and community integration.
Halo: Reach is available for preorder from participating retailers worldwide in Standard, Limited and Legendary editions. Developed by acclaimed studio Bungie, Halo: Reach launches in the fall of 2010 exclusively on Xbox 360.
Posted: April 28, 2010
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