Halo 3 MP testing under way

Bungie.net posting confirms that multiplayer action on the recently announced Xbox 360 shooter is already getting a daily run-through.

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The biggest news out of Microsoft's E3 press conference earlier this month was that Halo 3 was indeed in development and on its way for a 2007 release. But given that Halo 2 was subjected to a number of delays before launching a year after it was originally supposed to, some skepticism of the release date was understandable.

That skepticism might be tempered a bit by a recent posting on Bungie.net. In the post, Bungie.net "content monkey" Frankie says that the game is already far enough along that its multiplayer mode is undergoing daily playtests from the development team.

"Lars, one of the new[er] multiplayer designers, has a regular multiplayer test in session now--that happens every day--and with surprisingly polished-looking graphics, although I'm told a lot of the textures and decorator objects are just placeholders at the moment," Frankie writes. "Could have fooled me."

The post also mentions that the team is trying to make sure the game looks great even on standard-definition TV sets, but notes that there's still a "crazy rush" to claim the HD monitors for the multiplayer tests.

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