Crackdown Halo 3 beta on hold

[UPDATE 2] Following reports of problems, Bungie delays the release of the shooter beta tied to the popular Xbox 360 shooter; fix is now in.

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When it was released earlier this year, Crackdown proved a solid hit, selling nearly 540,000 copies as of March 31, according to the NPD Group. Besides its blend of free-range shooting and platforming, the game's biggest draw was that purchasers of its initial production run were provided with a key to the Halo 3 online multiplayer beta.

The beta, which was distributed to the press last week, was supposed to become accessible by key-holders earlier today. However, following numerous reports of problems with the beta, developer Bungie Studios has since taken it offline. As of press time, the beta was still not online.

Unsurprisingly, pandemonium ensued in the wake of the delay. Despite assurances from Bungie that studio officials had "contacted the appropriate [Xbox] Live authorities and they are taking care of the problem as we speak," frenzied traffic overwhelmed the blog of Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Neslon" Hyrb, which is used to disseminate official Xbox Live news.

"We're aware that some users are having difficulty downloading the Halo 3 multiplayer beta via Crackdown," said Hyrb in a bare-bones splash page on his site. "Bungie Studios is working with the Xbox Live team to resolve this as quickly as possible--stay tuned. Gamers entering the beta through other means, such as friends and family, remain unaffected."

[UPDATE] Around 4 p.m. PDT Wednesday afternoon, Bungie announced that a fix for the Halo 3 beta issues would be resolved in "three to six hours." The fix would be in the form of a Crackdown auto-update.

[UPDATE] Around 7 p.m. PDT, the remedy went online, according to the official Bungie Web site. "We're happy to announce that effective immediately, a title update for Crackdown is available on Xbox Live that will fix the issue that previously prevented you from downloading the beta," the developer said in a statement.

GameSpot will have more information on Halo 3 as it becomes available. In the meantime, check out the hands-on preview of the beta or watch the various gameplay movies below.

Discussion

628 comments
dj_omega0
dj_omega0

microsoft should give the ppl that bought crackdown something like a rebate or something cause this could be under false advertising personally i dont care bout the beta but yea

theKSMM
theKSMM

Wow, all this whining over a free beta system being delayed by a matter of hours. Talk about a juvenile sense of entitlement.

GameCrook
GameCrook

Crackdown is bulls..t they only will get sold because of the halo3 beta key

Reetesh
Reetesh

Crackdown suffered an image problem because of this.. Its a good game... hope when the sequel or something comes out. it wont have anything like this.. Maybe they have a secret sneak peak of next crackdown game in Halo3 discs? who knows.

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

Lol, so I guess all the jerks have access to it now.

Artolemu13
Artolemu13

"Buy the Halo 3 Beta, get Crackdown free." Crackdown lacked any good multiplayer, aside from co-op.

WalkTheShadows
WalkTheShadows

Beta is amazing! definately worth buying crackdown for.. none the less i love crackdown, its amazing

kloesj
kloesj

halo3 beta version is super but it the shooting action is the same in halo2 . but halo3 beta in crackdown ;)

wargdude227
wargdude227

I didn't expect this from bungie. Usually they're good about these sort of things. Man....I was so pissed.

MasterSarge117
MasterSarge117

Its definitely worth buying crackdown just for halo 3 invitation ill pay 100$ all over again!

pooladden
pooladden

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kellen_guitar
kellen_guitar

Yeah, I was pissed too because I had the chance to play it around 3 pm but it didn't work so I couldn't even play till today cause of drivers ed

ocdog45
ocdog45

i was mad when i woke up on wed and nothing.

kevy619
kevy619

only took me 20 minutes to download it :)

kevy619
kevy619

"Yodelyfish too bad it only has one code and people probably already jacked the code from the games at the rental store" what are you talking about?

Bungholio55
Bungholio55

So? Crackdown is a great game anyways. Who wants a Halo 3 DEMO??? DEMO!!!

undox
undox

With so many people buy Crackdown just for the Halo 3 beta, can you say "Sucker?"

Infernal_Hazard
Infernal_Hazard

I'm not surprised at the problems. Glad I didnt get Crackdown, I tried the first of three step to get the beta a try but after a stupid email stating very few were accepted in that I didnt care for it. Have fun folks, there's sure to be more disappointments along the way.

Yodelyfish
Yodelyfish

too bad it only has one code and people probably already jacked the code from the games at the rental store

dmaez321
dmaez321

EVERYBODY JUST RENT CRACKDOWN FROM BLOCKBUSTER OR WHEREVER AND YOU WILL GET THE BETA FOR HALO 3. THAT'S WHAT I DID AND DIDN'T HAVE TO BUY THAT STUPID GAME

xxSmilezxx
xxSmilezxx

They still haven't mentioned at all the thousands of gamers who still haven't received their emails from the Rule of Three promotion. It would be nice to get a little recognition and not be totally ignored. We are still posting on Bungie.net Yet to receive an official word on the problem, when it will be resolved, and what to do until then. All were getting is a load of crap from Xbox customer support which stinks btw b/c they say something different every time you call them. GRRR.

racerx737
racerx737

since they messed up and we lost a day of the beta they need to extend it on the end by a day so we get the full time playing that we were promised. can't wait to play it when I get off work tonight!

Mortz_88
Mortz_88

yea, I did notice...now I think i just bought crackdown for no reason...

buruburu
buruburu

"It's been a long day for a lot of people but we're happy to announce that effective immediately, a title update for Crackdown is available on Xbox Live that will fix the issue that previously prevented you from downloading the beta. The Microsoft team just deployed this fix and when you launch Crackdown you should receive a prompt to download the update. Please note that it could take up to four hours for your console to receive this update based on various factors. However, the good news is that we're in the clear and Halo 3 gameplay is just over the horizon. We realize this has been a pain for many and an inconvenience at the very least. Given the circumstances, we've decided to extend the duration of the Halo 3 Beta from June 6th to June 10th at 11:59 PM PDT. So, you lost almost a full day of play today but to make up for it we're tacking on four more days (and a weekend at that). We apologize for the delay and hardships this issue has caused and hope that it quickly becomes a distant memory clouded by good times playing Halo 3 with your friends. Thank you all for your patience and understanding. We'll see you online!" -http://gamerscoreblog.com/team/default.aspx

buruburu
buruburu

Crackdown's ability is go for Beta. So this should take a few hours to get, despite haveing a 10MB down/1 MB up broadband plan.(XBL traffic)... It's a 911.18MB Beta DLC.

MajorCow
MajorCow

"INTERNET COMEDY" lol teh tubes r cloged up? LOL TED STEVENS! Anyway, this really annoys me. Like a previous poster said, the beta was a huge event, and should have been tested more vigoriously so that sh!t like this doesn't happen.

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

wth?? didn't they test this?? this beta will be bigger than most games and day one is a MESS. nice job bungie.

Johnny_Cat_13
Johnny_Cat_13

Way off topic but someone mentioned Lost. Just watched it. Awesome! Wanna know what happened?? Charlie totally

DeadlyMaster
DeadlyMaster

It will be able to download it through crackdown at 10 Eastern time

holhardy
holhardy

Basicly, they completely boned all who own crackdown that wanted the halo 3 beta. Only those who got codes from the rule of "2" (the 3rd is not working so its 2) where able to play. Nex time bungie if you want to please fans do force us to buy a game for a demo, release it freely to everyone on xbox live thats what its for.

headbound
headbound

ok on the bungie website they found the problem so they said it should be up and working in couple of hrs just be patient.

Pedo123
Pedo123

HALO 3 IS UP.... just kidding... But realy let us know when its up...

vaejas
vaejas

Yep. Trouble a brewin'. /spit

sohail825
sohail825

lilt0193 - Crackdown sucks period. IF you like it, good for you. I personally will use it as a frisbee once the beta is over. We have every right to complain so you shut up!

re4leonkennedy
re4leonkennedy

wah wah wah i cant play the beta that bungie was nice enough to let people play. wah i got the beta for free with a game. wah its only going to be like one day until i can play it. Stop crying and wait a day big whoop at least you get to play it unlike some people.Yeah i like the halo series, but im more excited to play stuff like resident evil 5, mgs 4, and ssb brawl. If halo 3 is just halo 2 with more weapons, new levels. The gameplay doesnt look any different seriously.

arsy130
arsy130

sooo is the crackdown beta download available or what... cuz im not able to download mine... just wanna know if im no the only one

saznmutt786
saznmutt786

Haha, Yall have to waaiit. But a few hrs or a day is no reason to go insane, just sit back, relax, and play some of the crappy game you payed 60 dollars for...

metroid_dragon
metroid_dragon

damnit, and I was all pumped to play Halo 3. Well, I'm confident bungie and microsoft are doing all they can. They know that public outcry won't be nice if they ignore this.

Lostfile
Lostfile

Eh. Not a big deal. I'll just keep on playing Crackdown because it's awesome.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

Posted by lukems at 5/16/2007 5:22 AM PDT SketchFactor writes: This just in! The Microsoft team has identified the issue that was preventing the Halo 3 beta from being downloaded via Crackdown. This problem is expected to be fixed within the next 3 to 6 hours. New information as soon as we have it!

pettman1970
pettman1970

I was in the first beta sign up on the bungie site so I've been playing for hours now. I'd have to say that if the single player aspect is as polished as the multi player( and this is only beta!!!???) I will be a very happy camper!

poop_is_brown
poop_is_brown

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RoC1909
RoC1909

@sohail825 WAAAAAAAA!!!! Let's give the people a demo with numerous bugs so that people can cry and complain that it doesn't work properly.... OR Let's wait a few hours, days, weeks to bring the beta up to a more 'bug free' state so that people can cry and complain that they have to wait. PLEASE videotape the conversation you have with the clerk/manager when you attempt to explain that you want to return whatever game that had the unlock codes because Bungie didn't release the Halo 3 beta on time. I have never seen in all my life a bunch........

rentfn
rentfn

Whos going to pick Lost at 10EST. I am sure it will take awhile to download since everyone will be in a mad rush for it. Watch the Red vs Blue PSA a few times and have your mind blown by, in theory, charlie dying on Lost then kill some people on Halo 3. That sounds like a good time.