Halo: Reach title update beta dropping October 4

343 Industries offering advance play window for upcoming multiplayer changes; Headlong map coming to Anniversary.

Halo fans still have a solid two months to go before Microsoft releases its Combat Evolved revamp. Good news, then, that 343 Industries also continues to hone the Bungie-developed Halo: Reach. Today, Microsoft announced that beta playlists for the upcoming Halo: Reach title update will be available to Xbox Live Gold members who own the game beginning October 4.

A look at the new Breakneck, aka Headlong.

First announced at last month's 2011 PAX Prime, the title update brings with it a number of updates to Halo: Reach's online multiplayer modes. Among these changes are the addition of Halo: CE's magnum pistol, a rebalancing of armor abilities, and the introduction of classic playlists.

The title update will exit beta alongside the launch of Halo: CE Anniversary on November 15. As for that launch, Microsoft confirmed today that Halo 2's Breakneck multiplayer map will be reinvented and included in the Anniversary package. Renamed Headlong, the large-sized map accommodates 8 to 16 players and features the ruined cityscape of New Mombasa.

For more on Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo: Reach, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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42 comments
YoungSinatra25
YoungSinatra25

Technically 343i hasn't done anything yet. Its all Certain Infinity and Saber Interactive...

gpuFX16
gpuFX16

I noticed "Zero Bloom Slayer." Meh, I was fine with bloom in Reach. Stuff like that doesn't really bother me, I just go with the flow. I would like to see Sidewinder eventually return though. I miss that map.

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

It's about time they fix that cheap armor lock.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

Mr. Magrino, your text reads ..."Halo 2's Breakneck multiplayer map...Renamed Headlong..." It should read the other way around--Headlong was the map's name in Halo 2, whereas Breakneck is the map's name in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. You should fix this.

holhardy
holhardy

The new maps look nice, and the fact that they will have 2 playlists. So Reachs new gameplay (little-to-no bloom and adjusted AL) can be played on its own playlist and original reach gameplay on the other. Installation 04 Firefight just can't wait.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@SolidTy 343 have Bungie's blessing, don't expect them to turn Halo into "Spartan of Duty 3: Modern Space Battles" any time soon

bluespire1
bluespire1

To me everything Halo is cool...

shakensparco
shakensparco

As long as armor lock is removed from competitive gametypes, I'll be happy.

Flint247
Flint247

Happy 1-year anniversary, Halo: Reach! :D

lilflex1
lilflex1

new mombasa was a nice map plus that powerful magnum cant wait

RadView
RadView

@holtrocks ....adapt

RadView
RadView

Headlong ! Awesome !

ItchyIsVegeta
ItchyIsVegeta

why are they remaking Halo 2 maps, when it was suposed to be a Halo 1 remake? Why not Sidewinder?

darkangel494
darkangel494

@UnSe3N By classic they mean the gameplay will be closer to H2/H1 style on classic maps. I don't think they're bringing back 1-50

UnSe3N
UnSe3N

If by "classic playlists" they mean real halo 2 or halo 3 styled ranked playlists, then I'll start actually playing halo again.

darkangel494
darkangel494

@snake2215449 I agree with the first part of your post however drop in/drop out would not work well for halo. Far less people quit on halo than on CoD simply to the fact that they know that they will not get replaced meaning less host migrations. Also it would make it very hard to track games on bungie.net and make the trueskill system not work at all. OT: really looking forward to this update. No bloom FTW.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

A reason to play this game again too late, from now on, it's gears baby!

IBLEEDBLUE33
IBLEEDBLUE33

yes snake i agree. Give us classic slayer with sprint only back!!! PLEASE. The noob lock has got to go and flying and oh wait just give us sprint. Less is more bungie less is more. Halo 2 mp still by far the best of the halo series.

snake2215449
snake2215449

Thank God someone is fixing this game, Bungie did a horrible job and 343 has to clean up the mess. Armor abilities really made noobs stand up to pros which shouldn't be the case. I also hope that they let matchmaking players join within a game after someone leaves the game to balance out the players, another annoying and frustrating aspect of the game that needs to be fixed.

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

I think my Xbox is going to blow up from all the games it will be playing this fall/winter.

Tekarukite
Tekarukite

I love it when people say things like "armor abilities killed the game" because they're in every game mode. oh wait, no they aren't. just like everything else in Halo, you can modify the settings in custom matches, or simply play in "classic" modes in matchmaking. see? problem solved.

Xeogua
Xeogua

I may start playing Reach again, if I can get off Gears 3.

phillyeagles123
phillyeagles123

Maybe now I'll actually WANT to play Halo Reach after this Title Update comes out.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Reach sucks stupid armor ablilites killed the game.

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

Its been a year exactly since Halo Reach's release. Fun fact.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

Zero bloom on the DMR is so sexy. This might actually compete for MP time between Gears and MW3.

mntgmrybas
mntgmrybas

warthog gauss cannon = major advantage

Sword-Hunter277
Sword-Hunter277

The fact that Tom says that Breakneck is the name from Halo 2 and Headlong is the remake's name has made me very sad. It's as if people are forgetting part of my childhood. :[

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Halo is dead to me. After Reach there is no looking back.

360army
360army

so this is a new map sweeet

R0cks0l1dd
R0cks0l1dd

I think you mixed up the names. Headlong is the original name. The remake is called Breakneck.

WithoutGraceXII
WithoutGraceXII

Haven't been a fan of Halo multiplayer since Halo 2, and Headlong was one of my favorite maps. Good news for Reach players.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I didn't even know they were doing a sort of beta for the game. Pretty good news, I might check it out. If my console wifi will stay online long enough to try it. >>