Halo: Reach title update beta dropping October 4

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


Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo: Reach

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.
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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