Halo beta Reach-es until May 19

Early play test of Bungie's next sci-fi shooter to feature new arena mode and game types, free XBL Avatar hoodie for participants; Xbox Live Silver members able to check it out May 14-17.

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Halo fans have known the Halo: Reach beta's May 3 start date for months, but Microsoft had been less than definitive about how long the first taste of the upcoming Bungie-developer shooter's multiplayer would last. Today the company revealed a few more details about the beta, including its May 19 termination date.

It's nice to know painted skulls on headgear will still be the height of battlefield fashion in the far-flung future.

For the half-month that gamers have access to the Halo: Reach beta (through the Halo 3: ODST game disc), players will get to test a variety of new play types and features. At launch, the beta will include three different rotations for players to jump into.

While a variety of new and old match types will be covered on the rotations, they will feature the game's new four-on-four team Deathmatch Arena mode. Starting on May 7, Bungie will add a fourth playlist focusing on large-scale Spartan vs. Elite matches and finally introduce the "Generator Defense" match type into the battles on May 14.

For those intimidated by the new modes and features, Microsoft will host a video walk-through for the beta, hosted by actress Aisha Tyler (from FX's Archer). Like the beta itself, that clip will be accessible through the Halo 3: ODST disc.

For most of the beta, access will be limited to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, as is typical for multiplayer gameplay on the Xbox 360. However, Xbox Live Silver members will get a chance to play the Reach beta (as well as Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST) online for free from 9 a.m. PDT on May 14 through 9 a.m. PDT on May 17. Additionally, all players who finish a full game in the Halo: Reach beta will be able to claim free hoodies for their XBL Avatars by going to the Halo Waypoint area of Xbox Live and accessing their career stats.

The full version of Halo: Reach is set for launch this fall. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

184 comments
michael10192
michael10192

i got it!!! but i cant play beacuse I dont have gold :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

lordlunch2
lordlunch2

@bscroth By aiming I meant you cant look down your sight lol. Wow thats a lotta thumbs down lol

PointlessFool
PointlessFool

@iucidium I'm pretty sure MLG has already done that, but that's beside the point. Activision does not own Bungie, they are just publishing for Bungie. They can't do anything.

TheDarkRaptor80
TheDarkRaptor80

@Hotchip123 What you saw is not considered a one-hit melee kill, it is being called an assassination kill.

Setsuka13
Setsuka13

The multiplayer ODST disc? I hope so. That's all I have. :P

Hotchip123
Hotchip123

@Cupid, but then no one, will want to take the risk, only if your the only two people in the room. Plus, I saw in the recent beta game play video, a red guy punch the enemy in the back like in halo 3, and it was a one hit KO, but they said that they took out the one hit KO.

steelmouth
steelmouth

So we all get to play halo on LIVE free even only for a few days, ms should occasionally do this for other games,it could get them more subscribers

Fiotwo
Fiotwo

Damn you college...damn you 15 page papers...damn you finales...damn you teachers who don't realize we have other classes as well...and that there is a beta going on!!! Curse you All!!! Well, atleast I will have 4 days to play it :)

Cupid_of_Death
Cupid_of_Death

@Hotchip123: assassinations in Reach are SUPPOSED to take time like that. It's a risk-reward scenario

Hotchip123
Hotchip123

firefight was ok, the story was crap in odst. I can already say one thing that needs to be changed in reach, the time it takes to assassinate someone is too long. someone could kill you in the process or take your kill.

iucidium
iucidium

@pointlessfool: I'm fed up with activision sucking every avenue of gaming dry. They will single-handedly kill off innovation

penpusher
penpusher

@deathstream I disagree mate, ODST was an awesome game,,,reach will be awesome,,,halo is just awesome :D

deathstream
deathstream

@MrBubbles59 Two weeks of beta testing isn't worth the shame of knowing that you paid for a game as bad ODST.

MrBubbles59
MrBubbles59

I wish I had ODST so I can play this.

huttese
huttese

Im so reaching out for this game

Flint247
Flint247

4 more days! :D (I know that some people are playing now)

scotwolf
scotwolf

looking forward to trying the beta, my avatar will love his hoodie.

datniccah187
datniccah187

I thought it would run a little longer than that. But hey i'm not complaining. I'm sure they'll find bugs and there will be another beta version out before the launch date.

nickmax1234
nickmax1234

i think it's pretty funny that so many sites got give-a-way codes for reach, but gamespot didnt.

jk80
jk80

Just two weeks isn't very long at all. When is the game itself out?

dkdk999
dkdk999

i have odst but im thinking about not even playing the beta. Just for the fact that i want to be surprised by everything.

Vorodor21
Vorodor21

The Halo franchise has become one of the most over-rated franchises in the business. Along with COD and just about everything out of EA Sports.

megamega777
megamega777

I am still going to play till they kick me off like I did in the Halo 3 beta... It is just cool by the fact that I will have a hoodie for my avatar without paying for that crap!

Hoops0123
Hoops0123

that's really cool. sounds like plenty of time to check it out see what its about before i pick it up this fall. Good call Bungie!

krookd
krookd

Your upset cause they are letting you play the game 6 months early? People are too spoiled and don't appreciate how awesome this will be.

Imsterminate
Imsterminate

WHAT?!?!?!?! I've been looking forwards to this so much AND IT LASTS FOR HALF A MONTH???? :( I'm super upset

PointlessFool
PointlessFool

@iucidium Bizarre Creations, another former Microsoft owned studio, is publishing their new game, Blur, under Activision as well, and Infinity Ward is really just shifting ownership to EA as Respawn Entertainment, so what is the big issue? It's not like Halo, is going away, 343 Studios has that covered, so why does it matter that Activision is picking up Bungie's next few games?

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

I think I will only play this game the entire beta time lol

dynamite_gamez7
dynamite_gamez7

Tough i don't own a xbox 360 i'm still anxious for ti XD XD

14113
14113

ending beta so soon is a bad idea, for the simple fact that when bugs are found they need to be fixed. so why would you not test that fix as well. anyone who has beta tested an mmo knows that.

AStriegel75
AStriegel75

Bungie didn't make Halo Wars and the was a great RTS for a console. People could actually play that game with a controller. Halo 3 beta only lasted 2 weeks. This beta is for you and they will be able to get the data done in 2 weeks then you have to wait 3 1/2 months to play again don't complain. Also the beta looks like it will be awesome.

BRBaracus
BRBaracus

i blew the dust off of ODST & had a blast playing fire fight w/ my homie yesterday. They really messed up not creating matchmaking for fire fight.

fkbwii
fkbwii

Free XBL for 3 days!

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

yay i will be able to still play |(a bit) even though my gold ran out.

green_dominator
green_dominator

Maybe I should get a copy of ODST, I genuinely want to play that anyways.... Halo: Reach looks amazing so does the pics and vids I've seen of it's multiplayer.....

kleinster123
kleinster123

@Gamesmasterx obviously you did not read the article cause it says may 3rd and i guess you have not seen any videos of halo reach either because every single one says may 3rd. Nice Job

halomonkey1_3_5
halomonkey1_3_5

@incubus420 all they said was "multiple platforms", meaning it could be Xbox 360/PC or PC/Wii or any combination that includes 2 or more consoles, not necessarily just 360/ps3.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ Incubus420 you are correct Microsoft are gonna continue making halo games themselves since reach is bungies last venture into the halo universe can't blame them for wanting to try something new

TripSe7en
TripSe7en

@ deadlysilence82: Dude, I am in the same boat as you! I bought ODST three days ago becasue I thought that the beta would be at least a couple months! Now wtf am I going to do with ODST???

Incubus420
Incubus420

Anyone hear that Bungie has signed with Activision and that they will now be making games for both the 360 and the PS3. I doubt they will make any more Halo games but its good to see that Microsoft is losing their biggest money maker from the past 8 years.

deadlysilence82
deadlysilence82

Great i wasted money on ODST two days ago so i can play the beta for half of month that is so damn lame . ODST sucked . They should at least keep the servers up for a whole month.

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

Good cause ODST sucked. Most overrated expansion of all time. Maybe worth the money I payed for it with the Beta

strawberry9
strawberry9

@stryder_18... that sucks dude, I finish my finals today :)

Stryder_18
Stryder_18

Who's ingenius idea was it to start this beta on the 3rd anyways? Don't they know that the majority of their target market has finals and stuff at that time! Do they really want us to fail our tests, because I know I'm going to be playing this instead of studying lol.

DJ_Magneto
DJ_Magneto

@Gamesmasterx Did you not read the first sentence of the article?

h4rl3n
h4rl3n

@bschroth I'm pretty sure what lordlunch2 means if how fluid the aiming system works in the Halo series, which doesn't feel nearly as natural as Modern Warfare or some of these other FPS games.