Halo: Reach coming in fall 2010

E3 2009: During a Halo 3: ODST demo on GameSpot's show floor stage, Bungie developers narrow the launch window of its next installment in the hallowed sci-fi franchise.

LOS ANGELES--For Halo fans, the high point of Microsoft's E3 Press Conference on Tuesday was the announcement of Halo Reach, an all-new game from Bungie Studios. Staffers from the now-independent developer said that the game had been a top-secret project for some time and that it would arrive sometime in 2010.

Though Bungie did not divulge any further details at the time, many followers of the Halo series assumed that it would be based on the novel Halo: The Fall of Reach, a prequel to the game trilogy. The brief trailer (below) seemed to mimic the Eric Nylund-penned book's plot, which follows the brutal conquest of the UNSC fortress world by the multiracial religious-fanatic alliance known as the Covenant. Its final title card, "Falls 2010" (emphasis added), seemed further indication that it would re-create Fall of Reach's vicious and bleak storyline.

Now it appears that the trailer's final words were actually a hint about the game's release date. During a Halo 3: ODST demo on GameSpot's stage show on the E3 show floor, Bungie staffers took a viewer question about when the multiplayer beta for the game--set to begin sometime in 2010--would start. Their response confirmed the game itself would stick to the September to November launch window of prior Halo games.

"We don’t have an actual firm date for it yet, but I don't anticipate it being day and date with the game," one Bungie staffer said. "I can say you will need the Halo 3: ODST disc to access the beta when it does become available. I can confirm that that beta will go live sometime between the release of Halo 3: ODST on September 22 and the release of Halo: Reach next fall."

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loopyed
loopyed

i would have thought they would do something like this and I'm happy they are! I just hope that they will focus more on the single player experience like they did in Halo:C.E and what they slightly failed at in halo 2 and 3

darkhalo_666
darkhalo_666

prequal but who know i think it could be a sequal

killersrike
killersrike

wtf!, thers going to be a new halo called halo reach!

gedbyz
gedbyz

@DaveA6489-Your analogy about the mops was a completely horrible analogy sorry, but i have to say that. If the reviews are good I might get but if not probably not.

FallOfReach
FallOfReach

Halo: Reach really excites me if it's done right...... PLEASE STICK TO THE STORYLINE FROM THE BOOK!!

JunkyMcMuffin
JunkyMcMuffin

then its Guitar Hero:Halo 2011, Halo:the platformer 2012, Halo the Puzzler 2013, Dance Dance Revalution: Halo 2013, then finaly Halo 4 in 2014....Im tired of Halo, I think its needs a vacation till the next Xbox.

why9090909090
why9090909090

it looks as if its when the covenant first attacked earth or whatever, because when the bomb went off the guy was like wtf?? so yeah this seems to be before the events of Halo 1, and i look forward to that because i didn't look into halo all too much outside of the games, so it would be nice to know what happened before the events of Halo 1. Looks good!

raza3
raza3

wtf!? it gome in 2010????

DarkXtasy77
DarkXtasy77

Aight so... Halo) Great game it was so new to our generation making it one of the most profital things in history.... Halo 2) Good new graphics but storyline sucked because your already to back to earth to f*ck up everyone and win then BOOM... Gameover but the multiplayer was good in that and they made more money then Halo 1.... Halo 3) 2nd best storyline kinda sh!tty ending BEST multiplayer.. but biggest disappontment because they couldve done more.... Halo ODST) a way to get people to spend $30 on something that will make MUHLAH..... Halo Reach) in a boardroom meeting with bungie "Hey bill since you wrote the sh!tty story about that sci fi game i need a new house so lets take sh!tty graphics and another cliffhanger ending so we can make another and the same slayer with the same weird announcer guy and fuse it all in a $60 disk that everyone will be hyped about so they'll give us money"

biggy887766
biggy887766

yes it is milking the cash cow but as long as its good people will buy it. Besides its not like master chief is the only part of the halo universe

billaboy69
billaboy69

they really want that money.they are spitting these things out one per year now.thats whats great about the popularity of games.the more money they generate,the bigger the production staffs get, which makes games come out faster and still have great content.the question is,will we have th money to keep spending on all these games.its not like it used to b where ud buy 3 or 4 games a year.now its which game will i buy next month.LONG LIVE THE WORLD OF GAMING AND ITS FOLLOWERS.

nicktaylor326
nicktaylor326

Reminds me of the opening from Homeworld, eerily similar music too...

Sapphire-D
Sapphire-D

Looks interesting! Looking forward to playing it!

lukas1051
lukas1051

Another Halo game... Seriously MS, drop it, the franchise isnt THAT good, and it just seems to be getting quite tired now. From what I've seen, I haven't exactly been excited.

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

this gonna be awesome... but tecnically is not a full game, just an expansion, but with full 60$ price... I dont care that much about if its 40 or 60(because 9/22/09 is close to mi birthday:D) I hope halo reach will be badass...

ZeerusX
ZeerusX

Not only that, but the animation just looks SO canned compared to newer shooters. They look like they move like there ice skating.

ZeerusX
ZeerusX

Looks incredibly gimicky. Not only that, but the graphics look like crap compared to true next-gen games. All this is is a late-gen re-skin of Halo 3 to get more money in the coffers.

Athonline
Athonline

The original Halo was the best IMO, Halo 2 multiplayer was better than Halo 1. Halo 3, worse out of the three, the story is still AAA but the gameplay for me it was more like been there, done that, some features however on multiplayer were great and fun, too bad. Halo is one of the best sci-fi FPS series(maybe the best on consoles), but still Half-Life series is the best imo.

StegrShmil
StegrShmil

@ vicktortm I hope it is basically the same. Halo is the best sci fi first person shooter out there, and therefore should not change.

vicktortm
vicktortm

Halo again, ohh my god, the third halo was a crap, except for the money that MS gain with the online gaming price, jajaja, but other 2 halos, this must be a joke, o they really think that the people thath play 360 is new in video games, oohh I almost forgot, ther're really I play 360 games, And i'm not so convinced, but, halo 4 and 5 or whatever, are not so great news, is like windows 3.11,95,98,me,xp,vista,7 the same, the same the same, but fool people think it has change a lot,

DaveA6489
DaveA6489

@TheGreatEye6 I agree with you completely. People seem to forget that games companies are looking to make money. Ergo, if they make a successful game then they are obviously going to make sequels and spin-offs. It's logical. Whilst it would be nice to see some fresh material, developers are going to use their core business (the highly successful, sequel rich games) to make money whilst they try to work out what other games they would like to make. You don't see people hating on mop manufacturers just because all they make are mops lol.

DaveA6489
DaveA6489

@Titanfan2083 I think that's more the experience you'd get from Halo 3: ODST rather than from this one. At least if we're playing as Spartans in this one. The shields make cover almost unnecessary on the lower difficulty levels in the other Halo games. I'd imagine that in ODST there would be a greater emphasis on cover and tactics as you lack a shield.

DaveA6489
DaveA6489

@BenBenBen93 Reach was the UNSC's primary military world. Not a civilian world. I would expect to be playing as a Spartan rather than a civilian. @GuyverV ODST's are the best regular soldiers. Spartans are orphans from planets that the Covenant glassed that are genetically enhanced and highly trained to be superior in every way to a marine or an ODST. In one of the books, the Chief kills 4 ODST's in a fist fight. It's kinda like the difference between a Space Marine and an Imperial Guardsman in W40k.

BattleSword1
BattleSword1

I wonder how many thumb-ups I'll get if I tell XBLACKXVIPERX to turn his caps lock off...

BattleSword1
BattleSword1

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Sniper_Wolf25
Sniper_Wolf25

blitzjon, that developer was probably wearing the shirt referring to the imaginary group of people, probably not the game itself like when you see people walking around in shirts with the Horde symbol from wow. Its not foreshadowing a new Horde game, its representing the imaginary group of people

deivis21
deivis21

halo odst is a disk game

bLiTzJoN
bLiTzJoN

You'll think this is ironic, but if you watch the limited edition DVD that shipped with Halo 2, one of the developers (can't remember his name) is wearing a shirt with ODST on it. Foreshadowing on themselves? *shrug*

G00DANG
G00DANG

Gonna be good to see when this is based and how it is going to turn out.

v-BONES-v
v-BONES-v

I think ODST is stand alone - may well be based on the same code as H3, but sold as a compete package. ODST are Orbital Drop Shock Troopers - basically human (NOT like Spartans) but elite. Think Navy Seals in Space!

Andrew_Wiggin
Andrew_Wiggin

ODST is an expansion like shivering isles for ESIV. Read the Halo books to figure out who ODST are. Or look it up on wiki either way. Nyland's books are amazing and tell a lot more of the story.... READ THEM!!!

JMizzle
JMizzle

can i clarify something please: Halo 3:ODST - is it an expansion for Halo 3? Or is it an actual game in its own right set at the same time as Halo 3? Probably a stupid question but...there you go

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I hadnt even heard of ODSTs until this expansion. So I guess Halo Reach is going to be a diskgame.

Intrakitt
Intrakitt

Guyver: I think these ODST's are supposed to be like an elite crew or something. Not sure, but they seem pretty badass.

alexQ4tomorrow
alexQ4tomorrow

i hope it's a full game. but i will get it anyway.

I_B_Matthias
I_B_Matthias

Notice it's not Halo *3*: Reach. It's just Halo: Reach. Maybe more like an entire game, rather than Halo 3: ODST, which is basically an expansion.

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Is this coming in '09 or '10? Don't know about this game yet.

hitman_matador
hitman_matador

THIS GAME IS GENUIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

msudude211
msudude211

I'm still not sure about this. They're milking the series dry...

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

gee i hope ghost recon advanced halo 3.. i mean halo: odst on the pc....

gmax
gmax

Halo fans will eat this up. Yep.

R34Vegeta
R34Vegeta

Anyone that wants this game to follow the book is right in every way. The book was a fantastic read, and I suggest that anyone that has NOT read it...do it now if you have any interest in Halo. It would be cool to see some kind of squad commands in the game...leading a small elite group of fresh Spartans sounds like a badass old time :P

tsyunami
tsyunami

what new weapons?..putting a silencer on the same gun doesn't make it a new weapon...but this fame still looks pretty fun

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

As with the Xbox, Bungie will be doing a lot of work optimising their engine and making it use more of the 360's headspace processing power. It's well known that the Halo 3 engine was a fairly huge re-write of the Halo 2 version, allowing for greatly more massive environments and far higher polygon counts, shading languages and textures. However due to the window of wanting to get Halo 3 out on the market before the 360 had been out too long, as well as satiating fans, they didn't spend a huge amount of time bringing the optimisation of the new "3.0" Halo engine up to scratch, simply resorting to a lower-resolution rendering frame then applying upscaling (which costs very little system resources), which kept the framerates good and decent. Two years on, this has given Bungie more opportunity to hone the engine, allowing for a improved look in ODST, hence why it's distributed on disk independant of Halo 3 and not simply a DLC. Halo: Reach has obviously been in progress since ~2006, from the language Bungie reps. have been using to describe the secrecy. They have clearly been able to continue taking the revisions of the engine, slowly building the entirely new game up to an apex, which will be the icing of the cake of the ODST revision of the engine, with possibly some of the best visuals available on the console or at least equal. Bungie's new engine is very capable and sophisticated, however in Halo 3 it's simply not running on all pistons.

GuyverV
GuyverV

doesn't it seem a little weird that a rookie could dispatch a brute? if that's the case, what's the difference between and odst and a spartan?

skizzel
skizzel

i think halo reach is the equivalent to halo 4 as in new game engine that will have better graphics and physics and even more awesome multiplayer. and we have ODST to hold us over for the next year and that game already looks like they tweaked the halo 3 engine to look pretty damn good and it didnt stutter when they made a huge explosion so solid frames per second im guessing.