Halo: Reach multiplayer beta trailer debuts

New video shows Bungie shooter will offer assassinations and jetpacks; Spartans vs. Elites, Headhunter, Arena, and intense-looking Invasion mode also on display; full trailer inside.

Though the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta is exactly two months away, an early peek is now available, courtesy of a new trailer from developer Bungie. Enclosed with last year's critically acclaimed best-seller Halo 3: ODST, the beta will apparently offer a wide variety of modes and new weapons included in this fall's sci-fi shooter.

Viewable below, the trailer showcases Halo: Reach's vastly improved graphics. The mayhem-filled clip also flaunts new items like jetpacks, as well as new options such as customizable weapon loadouts and assassination moves. Among the new modes showcased are Spartans vs. Elites, Headhunter, and the intense-looking Invasion mode, which sees massed teams of Spartans storming enemy positions with both air and ground support.

First announced at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Halo: Reach will depict some of the same events that took place in the novel Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund. The book portrays the siege of the titular fortress planet by the Covenant, which preceded the events of the 2001 game Halo: Combat Evolved.

The game will follow a squad of six Master Chief-like Spartan soldiers as they try to protect Reach's human inhabitants from the Covenant's relentless onslaught. A source who has seen Halo: Reach firsthand described it to GameSpot as "Gears of War with Spartans" and "very bleak and violent." For more, check out GameSpot's preview from Microsoft's X10 event, held last month in San Francisco.

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daman246
daman246

when is this game set to be release

OniRaitei
OniRaitei

Wow, the pace looks a lot faster than Halo 3. Those assassinations look cool too. However, I'm still afraid that the multiplayer might just be more of the same, but we'll see in two months. That invasion mode looks EPIC though.

holtrocks
holtrocks

all i want is to custom my guns and not so hard to kill someone halo has been the same thing from combat evolved

fillup0
fillup0

This is the best time to be a gamer who likes FPS games, we have been blessed with the awesome MW2 killer, BFBC2 and now a Halo Reach Beta? Damn... Overload...

chappy_man
chappy_man

so chances are i am going to loose alot of friends to this hahaha, they will be so busy

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

CAN'T... WAIT...FOR EPIC GAME TO COME OUT!!!!!:)

killa_grunt
killa_grunt

Man that was a tight ass video. I seen alot of stuff in there that I been wanting in Halo. The rolling evasion and jet packs! Jet Packs Cuz!

swamptick
swamptick

@aGiantSquirrel Yet here you are talking about it. We appreciate your interest in Halo: Reach!

DELTSTEEZE
DELTSTEEZE

@FLint247 I would have to agree man. Please no perks or care packages!

Flint247
Flint247

Let's just hope for no kinds of "perks" or "customizable guns". I don't want any whiners in my Youtube videos complaining how I didn't use a certain gun or perk. :P

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@Antherian_being An 'Active Roster' means that you can join a game currently in-progress as well as people being replaced if they leave or are kicked from a game.

BTroxell
BTroxell

@truelori You're delusional to think I was talking specifically about you. It is my understanding that Halo-Haters are classified as being biased, illogical, and rude, taking their own dislikes and stating them like they are facts. Also my mention of sales doesn't represent quality, it represents the fact that people obviously do not care what the haters think. Further, nothing I said implied that I didn't think people were entitled to their opinions, or shouldn't be allowed to comment for disagreeing with me; I merely stated that they should be ignored when ignorant and trolling for arguments, which is almost always the case. You completely misunderstood me and that is the only reason for this comment...

tatu2004
tatu2004

@fullfatman that sounds like a good idea i hope we get that..

fullfatman
fullfatman

I wonder if the jetpacks will be something you have to earn in order to use. Would be pretty cool if you unlock new abilities as you go along.

tatu2004
tatu2004

halo reach is going to be insane can't wait for the beta in may.

alibabba13
alibabba13

Wow looks like Halo 3 but exactly the same.

aGiantSquirrel
aGiantSquirrel

@swamptick Im a sonygirl and proud of it. But, yeah, I dont have anything close to envy for another Halo game. No secret desire. I have about as much desire to play this game as I do with Tak and power of Juju, or Billy hatcher and the Giant Egg. The only 360 exclusive that looks really appealing to me this year is Alan Wake, which I dont have to be too envious because I have a 360 also...

swamptick
swamptick

@ big-boss-91 Halo has gone too far? At least there are not TEN of them like your beloved Metal Gear series. I just love you Sonygirls over here obsessing over Halo. Pure, unbridled envy is an ugly thing. Keep posting! We love you Sonygirls over here talking about a game you secretly wish you could play!

Urban_Flow
Urban_Flow

I gotta say the game is looking sick from what I've seen....Can't wait for the beta May 3rd. =)

Greyfox-FY
Greyfox-FY

i wonder how the jetpacks will be controlled. it would be pretty cool flying up and maybe grab a good sniper spot and take some heads out.

spectrethered
spectrethered

I kind of wish they went in a crazier direction with it. Specific squad sizes with a certain character type. I don't know I just wish for something grittier. Like COD or BF but in space with badass spartans. Not something where jumping around is a tactic.

TENTHROW2
TENTHROW2

oh look - the exact same multiplayer content and graphics since the original Halo - except for ZOMGJETPACKS. I hate the fact i love Halo multiplayer and every game is the same thing year after year with minor improvements in online play, yet i still buy all the games /sigh.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Gears of War with spartans sounds awesome.

xSpendlove
xSpendlove

@Antherian_being I'm thinking Active Roster is like call of duty, where if someone drops out of the game, they will be replaced with another person... i could be wrong but thats what i think it is

Antherian_being
Antherian_being

Crazy... Working out differently to how we all thought, huh? BTW Can anyone explain an "Active Roster" to me? If u have an answer, use the (@) symbol in front of my name - THANKS!

lamprey263
lamprey263

jetpacks?? that's gonna be different, can't say I'm excited about jetpacks though, glad I got ODST though so I can try the beta soon

firehawk998
firehawk998

Wow Bungie added a lot of stuff to make Reachs multiplayer very different from other HALO games. The trailers looks awesome lets hope the gameplay is. I cant wait for REACH to arrive in store shelves.

iucidium
iucidium

I look forward to the beta, see you in may (GT: AMOUR DE CHEVAL)

TrueIori
TrueIori

@ BTroxell Sales don't always equal quality,by that logic the Wii is the best console this generation, it has sold more that 360 and PS3 combined but i am sure people don't consider it the best . There nothing in the rules that says you must agree with the story to comment on it, nothing wrong with posting your dislikes as long if it done in a civil manner, and i am not a "Halo-Hater" i don't hate things just because their popular or a certain brand. Funny how people with a different opinion are automatically labels haters. Guess no can have an independent thought?

KamikazeDonut
KamikazeDonut

This Halo game actually looks fun and different then the others this just might be the first Halo game I buy.

TheMercMaster
TheMercMaster

All of the Halo games llok the same... Anyway, the game looks pretty cool.

Flint247
Flint247

Sprinting, Jetpacks, more melee moves, I want to be playing the beta on DAY 1! :D

merriman56
merriman56

this is going to boost the sales of ODST by so much!

sonynhater
sonynhater

@BTroxell I totally agree with you.

DEATH775
DEATH775

This game is turning out great as I expected it would. Can't wait to add it to my Halo game collection.

BTroxell
BTroxell

For every halo game there will be people who are eager to mention their dislike for it. Yet the game will top the sales charts and the real halo fans (people who have read the books and otherwise) will rejoice and the world will keep on turning. So people... don't buy into their hate, its not worth getting upset over. You should be used to halo-haters.

Krystyan68
Krystyan68

This has exceeded my expectations!! :D

Xx619MysterioxX
Xx619MysterioxX

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htehtrhrtjrgjyj
htehtrhrtjrgjyj

this game actually looks really good and can't wait to play it. i cannot stand halo 1 2 or 3 but reach looks really good. i might actually keep it for longer then a week like i did with halo 3

falcOWNS
falcOWNS

@TrueIori see i argee with u on that part, halo 3 was the last good one for me, everything else is all prequel this and new playing style that