Halo: Reach to follow Spartan squad

New trailer for eagerly anticipated sci-fi shooter reveals group of Master Chief-like supersoldiers; source describes "bleak and violent" game as "Gears of War with Spartans."

Six months after they first teased the game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft and Bungie have released the first full trailer for Halo: Reach. The two-and-a-half-minute spot is taken from the opening cinematic for the sci-fi shooter, which will ship in fall 2010 for the Xbox 360. A multiplayer beta is planned for next spring, and buyers of Halo 3: ODST will receive invites.

Halo: Reach will be "bleak and violent," according to sources.

The trailer confirms what Halo: Reach's title hinted at: The game will depict some of the same events that took place in the novel Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund. The book portrays both the siege of the titular fortress planet by the Covenant and the origins of the Spartan program, which developed dozens of supersoldiers like Halo series hero Master Chief.

While the siege of Reach was briefly shown in the E3 teaser trailer, it is confirmed in the new video spot by a radio message saying "Winter Contingency has been declared." The same line appears in Fall of Reach when the Covenant begins a full assault on the planet, smashing its defenses and landing thousands of dropships on its surface.

The new Halo: Reach trailer also shows multiple Spartan soldiers. According to Microsoft, the six-Spartan group is Noble Squad, the military unit that will be the focus of Halo: Reach. The game will chronicle their battles with the Covenant as they try to protect Reach's human inhabitants from their relentless onslaught.

Speaking with GameSpot, a source who has seen Halo: Reach firsthand describes it as "Gears of War with Spartans" and "very bleak and violent." The trailer hints that the game will be grimmer in tone than previous games, with all members of Noble Squad bearing facial scars and one sporting an artificial arm. Another bears a Gears-like skull on the front of his helmet and wields a kukri-like curved machete, hinting at bloody bladed melee combat.

The trailer also may have offered a clue that Halo: Reach will focus on squad-based gameplay. It depicts a new Spartan joining Noble Squad, whose commander admonishes him to "leave that lone wolf stuff behind." Earlier this year, purportedly leaked shots of the game did indeed show what looked like a squad of Spartans.

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redeye200
redeye200

halo reach is goin 2 b the BEST halo EVER

WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

imo Killzone 2 looks better than this

LxLawliet
LxLawliet

Honestly, I used to be a much bigger Halo fan than I am now. The first Halo was incredible, and though I found Halo 2 to be lacking, I still tolerated it because I felt like the series wasn't beyond saving. Halo 3, regardless of the amazing multiplayer, was disappointing to me. It had the potential to be so much more better than it was. ODST was satisfying, because it just felt like a much more refined Halo experience. But with Halo: Reach here, I pray that they make this game the epic piece that the Halo series has been needing since the first game. Honestly, if they refine it to a tee (adding pre-rendered cinematics would be a nice addition), and better graphics, but most importantly refreshing experience with its gameplay, level design, and story, then I will be one happy Halo gamer. Frankly, with the heavy hitters that are on the market nowadays, Halo is a franchise that can no longer ride on its popularity stream and needs to step it up. Please Bungie, blow me away.

monson21502
monson21502

when is this game coming out? this video knocks it up my charts of the most wanted games.

IAPrino
IAPrino

To Ladeedah. I know plenty of people who have experienced RROD, but only a few have seen the YLOD on the PS3. I was just speaking of my personal experiences with these consoles. Have a good one, and keep gaming.

sparrowsuede
sparrowsuede

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sparrowsuede
sparrowsuede

ill take more gears gameplay even if its spartans. even if its cartoon bunnies or santa claus vs. kermit the frog. if its gearsish its gold

gamer082009
gamer082009

Another Halo..oh..ok. I hope this one is a little bit different than the norm.

Masterchief-118
Masterchief-118

in the first halos there were alot of parts we had to do alone, although fun and challenging, some prefered having someone with them, but now instead of a marine its going to be 5 other spartans...this game is gonna be MAJOR EPIC

Halo_Gears_COD
Halo_Gears_COD

this game just looks so good im getting it for sure

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

@Trentdo Uhhh, how is my comment negative? It's only factual. What other multi-million dollar franchise does Bungie have??? And you're saying that Nintendo, Konami, and Activision "suck Ba***"??? That is a COMPLETELY negative opinion.

sluffmochildeater
sluffmochildeater

If it's anywhere near the gameplay/story quality of ODST then it will be great. I just hope it's a little longer.

Rohan75
Rohan75

So many ps fans what are you even doing here. No point in saying it looks bad. If you don't like it dont buy it.

shenron43
shenron43

This is going to be a really good game.

xatman911
xatman911

You can't really say that a game (Halo: Reach) based on original book (Halo: Fall of Reach) to be a would be copy of a game (Gears of War) released several years later. The book Halo: Fall of Reach, expressed what happened on Reach as pretty gloomy, an excellent read. It is good that the game is sticking to the book. I would place it on the same level as Tolkien for fantasy as Halo books for sci-fi. While it would be silly to say that Gears is more multiplayer centered than Halo but I definitely know which game has the better story. And for multiplayer fanatics - the campaign is just an extended tutorial for the real thing.

monson21502
monson21502

love how ps fanboys bash halo for being milked and the same thing over and over again. yet they get so hyped at games like god of war 3,Gran Turismo 5, Resistance 3, uncharted 3 ect ect. and devil may cry, final fantasy 13, tekken 6 oh wait their not ps3 exclusives anymore so they are trash to them.... halo is not the worst, ps fanboys are :lol:

knoetgen
knoetgen

@Morphine OD once again I disagree I dont care for any of PS3's exclusives except GOW 3, and why shouldnt they be on PC thats a MS product as well, and far as consoles go they are exclusives. I hate the PS3's controller, PSN, games, ect Im not saying everyone should Im saying I do why cant you understand that fact? Some people just dont like the PS3 and some people just dont like the xbox thats it that dosnt mean there is something we are missing it just means we like and look for different things.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@knoetgen well, the trick is not to extend a warranty, but to fix only RRODs. Who said that the trick is evil? Trick is just a trick, you see it - good, you don't - you're being fooled. I'm not happy myself with that particular case of Sony's "care about customers", but it's still better than having not such a blast of exclusives for your platform. Almost all best games of XBOX are still present on PC.

knoetgen
knoetgen

@Morphine OD just to raise sales? sounds like a good way to take care of your customers to me. MS is not making money by covering the console longer. Just a trick? you sound pretty biased to me, I remember when sony was giving away TVs with the PS3 in England, was that a marketing scheme or evil trick, or is it the product of business and companies making choices to get there products selling because after all isnt that the point to give people a reason to buy your product over the other guys?

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@knoetgen well, if PS3 dies while being on a warranty period, they fix it. If not, why should they? they're not in charge of faults that happen outside the year of warranty. YLOD\RROD is only an indicator, that something went wrong, hence it could be the cpu, gpu, power unit, cooling system, you name it. MS fixes consoles for free and outside of a warranty just to raise sales. It's just a trick to make another big buck.

knoetgen
knoetgen

@Morphine OD thats fine that you develop, I work on aircraft electronics that dosnt mean I am going to flip every time I see something wrong with a system its par for the course, I just dont think you should assume that this guy didnt get the YLOD because quite a few people would argue otherwise, I dont really care because no matter how much it breaks xbox takes the cake on the most failures. That being said MS has made good on there mistake and fixes it for free, Sony charges the crap out of you so I would rather have an xbox die than a PS3.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@knoetgen who told ya, friend, that thing about me and Uncharted? I'm quite fond with the game, but I wouldn't name it groundbreaking overall. It has pretty good visuals, engaging action sequences, few tecnological miracles and astonishing animation. But that's it. Gameplay brings nothing new to the planet. I'd rather say MGS4/MGO is more innovative in gameplay. You see, I'm kinda developer myself, and it's hard for me to get a stoner from games. When I see some cons, I suddenly come up with some ideas, that could fix em. And that makes me sad. I know, that the devs came up with those too, but didn't implement em. You know why? Because they don't care about quality, they care only about sales. And sadly the reason behind it not being the same thing is Gamer, that buys average product.

dograw75
dograw75

My ps3 had ylod. It's not fake. I am not a 360 fanboy either, I actually prefer my PS3. (i bought a new rather than sending mine off because it wouldnt be back in time for uncharted 2). When the red light blinked at the same time as the green light it made a yellow light, hence YLOD. It wouldnt even stay on long enough to remove the game I was playing when it crashed. True the ps3 failure rate is miniscule compared to the 360 but it is there. And after i got a new PS3 it took hours of conversation with scea to deactivate my old system so I could watch movies from psn. And every previously purchased movie I bought was forfeit because they said you could only play movies on one system. I like ps3, but that really pissed me off

cruzerramos
cruzerramos

A lot of people hate on Halo these days, but I really couldn't care less honestly, it's a great game and this last installment will no doubt be mind-blowing! Sounds like they're taking a hint about what the fans want with the changes in gameplay and tone, which is probably for the best.

knoetgen
knoetgen

@Morphine OD what you forget is that not everyone shares your opinion, and BTW I have a friend with a PS3 and it broke I dont know if it was the YLOD but broken is broken so what the hell does it matter what color the broken console gave you if you cant use it what the hell good is it? Im sure you think Uncharted was ground breaking but to me it was a Tomb Raider/Gears cover system mold, you dont have to agree but you could try to understand that others may not share your opinion.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@monson21502 I've already had my laugh, thank you for concern.

ParisSun
ParisSun

Why are PS3 fanboys on a Halo:Reach topic? Your rants only make you seem bitter. Ha. This game looks real good. I do find it strange though, that you'll will be playing a game in which you ultimately lose. Reach was Little Big Horn for the Spartans.

monson21502
monson21502

@Morphine_OD. ok buddy there isnt no such thing . but when your ps3 flashes red and you try to turn it back on it comes up green then that yellow light comes up just think of me laughing my rump off at you. he who laughs last, laughs best my friend:)

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

there is nothing wrong with liking something. There is some wrong in lying like monson does. BTW trailer is nothing new and astonishing. Characters are generic cocky action heroes. Music doesn't have it's own style, just a generic Epic Score. So why like the trailer if it's average? Why someone would ever like something average? Because if you would go for something premium, Bungie would make something premium. Instead most of the people in this thread buy a mediocre content Bungie spawns. Just go on, pretend you like it, don't mind me ranting

monson21502
monson21502

@kamizuka, i said i rented infamous. i didnt like the art style or the game its self.it felt really cheaply made and it made my head hurt. i was shocked to see it get good reviews to be honest. my ps3 died about a week after the uncharted beta came to the psn store for the public.and for the last time... its 150 plus shipping both ways. i was guessing close to 200 total but someone told me it only cost about 20 for shipping both ways. now there is a dvd stuck in my system one of the kids i baby sit shoved it into my ps3 a game was already stuck in it. so my blu ray drive could be broken now. so sony might charge me another 170 to get that fixed. so i would be paying a total of 340 bucks or i could settle for a slim brand new for 299. but im not buying one of those till they are a fair price. which i think is 199. they took way to much out of the slim imo to be worth 299. also its very ugly and that dont help my choice either.

knoetgen
knoetgen

Wow must be the PS3 fanboy hour, R U Serious this is a halo topic if you are a PS3 only owner what the hell are you doing trolling on this post? Grow up no one cares that you like your PS3 and Hate all things MS, maybe I should go find Uncharted 2 and just start thumbs downing people who like it that would make me cool right?. Grow up people.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Those were Spartans? I thought they were ODSTs going for a Search and Rescue a missing Spartan. On a note, kinda sounds like Star Wars Republic Commando.

DPhunkT
DPhunkT

Too early to tell if this will be a hit, or a half-baked version (like Halo 3 was).

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@monson21502 you're lying. There is no YLOD. Never was, and never will be.

BCM
BCM

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deesnutts25
deesnutts25

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kamizuka
kamizuka

@monson21502 i dont know if what you said is true. first in the news of the ps3 selling 440 thousand you said that the ps3 slim is ugly and you would only buy it if it was 199. why would you want to buy an ugly 199$ slim if you can fix your fat ps3 for 120?? and the second one is my favorite: "wow thats shocking. i rented it and returned in the same day" that was about infamous. let us say that you own a ps3, how could you "rent" an exclusive ps3 game if your ps3 is dead?? and dont forget that you said your ps3 died last year. your lying inside a lie: your ps3 didnt die because your dont even own one.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

I think both trailers wher realy cool. I whouldent mind more blood and malee combat Like in the latest Halo Legends "The Package". That was realy cool! I definetly liked that episode. And despite what everyone else say i think this game looks realy awsome and im looking forward to play it. I only hope thay keep that "Horde Mode" but put in a search mode for it like in ranked TDM. Why not put Firefight in ranked as well? That whould be cinda sweet.

payne6705
payne6705

as a big halo fan I am mixed at this game on one hand you fight the elites and I really enjoyed fighting them in Halo 1 and the 1 st couple of levels on halo 2 but once again you are with a very unlikable squad (I hated ODST's squad they were all too generic and the love story? really? lets fight while a whole city burns) and the spartans themselves look like a cross between Gears of war Cogs, and ODST troopers

monson21502
monson21502

@Morphine_OD, your wrong, i never heard of the ylod either. untill my screen went blank and my system started blinking red. i went to turn it back on. it fashed green for a second then blinked a yellowish white color for a half second. then went back to flashing red. i looked everywhere to try to find out why my system wouldnt stay on long enuff to get my game out of my ps3. i looked on playstation.com and found out i had the yellow light of death. there was alot people on there who had it. and prolly even more people who aint logged on the forums that went there to find out about it like i did. thats 150 bucks plus shipping both ways to get it fixed. i hope you dont really get the YLOD. trust me paying 150+shipping isnt much fun after you think about how you spent 500 bucks on your system. a system you thought was safe!! one of the main reasons i bought a ps3 in 07 instead of a 360 was because it was the safer system with the best value. here i am out over 1000 bucks in my system and games. with sony just laughing at me saying spend another 200. or buy one of those ugly stripped down slims for 300. im no fanboy i never was . i always owned every sysyem. im just anti sony or at least anti ps3. i will prolly get a ps4 but i`ll never support them in the early years like i have in the past. its not worth it.... .

Soapweed
Soapweed

This is the prequel to the original so in a way it's not ruining the idea that Master Chief is the last of the Spartans. In fact I think this game will explain why he's the last one.

knoetgen
knoetgen

lol to all those who can do nothing but bash this game. This game (If the trailer is in game, which I think it is) has got me back into full Halo mode I want this game bad and it will be awesome and sell like crazy, so go on and hate it for no reason. To me this is a welcome change of pace, Masterchief needs some time off the same old story was getting well old. And the fact that its more violent is great to me the old Halo's did not need an M rating.

XenoLair
XenoLair

Cant wait for the release!

player_leo
player_leo

From the trailer alone this game looks epic. The music is powerful. Reminds me of Conan. "Spartans never die George... they're just missing in action."

major_falcon
major_falcon

@andalore Umm...you do realize this is a prequel to Halo :Combat Evolved right?

andalore
andalore

Whats with all the spartans?! they're ruining the franchise the thing about the masterchief and halo is that he's the LAST of the spartans and now you have millions running about, it ruins the game. If I dont feel like im the final hope for humanity it's just not that interesting,