Halo: Reach - The Beta Story

Half a dozen pages of delicious dissection.

HBO noticed a new Gamasutra this morning featuring our very own Battle Bros, Brian Jarrard and Chris Carney, detailed all the post-Beta carnage. It's a hefty read, but if you're into everything Reach-related, you'll definitely wanna read it.

Halo: Reach - The Beta Story

Halo: Reach 6/25/2010 9:27 AM PDT permalink

Firefight is Back!

Now with more Bakken!

GutterXshark returns with another rad remix. This one takes a Waypoint interview with Lars "I Need a Drop Shield" Bakken and turns it into something magical. Pretty insane.

YouTube - Firefight is Back

Halo: Reach 6/22/2010 9:00 AM PDT permalink

Noble Clay Figurines

Molded into a cohesive fighting force.

Hawty's got some hot Nobe Team themed clay figurines this morning. Emile has a coal button nose. Don't ask why, just hit the link.

A Noble Set of Incredible Halo Clay Figures

CommunityHalo: Reach 6/21/2010 8:55 AM PDT permalink

Welcome to Firefight 2.0

The invasion just hit E3.

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Halo: Reach 6/16/2010 6:05 AM PDT

Halo: Reach E3 2010 Trailer

Where no Spartan has gone before.

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Halo: Reach 6/14/2010 12:00 PM PDT

Bungie Weekly Update: 06.04.10

While Urk is away... Sketch will play. Let's talk Reach, it's been a while.

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo: Reach 6/4/2010 6:36 PM PDT

The Mayish Bungie Podcast!

Breaking down the Beta.

Yup, so we didn't quite make the May deadline we set for ourselves, but whatever...get off our backs! You'll get the podcast when it's good and ready. Like now.

"Lukems bails, leaving Sketch and Urk in the lurch with designers Christoper P. Carney, Josh Hamrick, and Bungie.net Ultra Overlord, Chris Gossett. Talkin' 'bout all the Halo: Reach Beta Postgame Carnage."

The Mayish Post-Beta Podcast

Bungie PodcastHalo: Reach 6/3/2010 9:52 AM PDT permalink

Troy's Prop Workshop

Where does he get those wonderful toys?

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Breaking InFAQs and InfoHalo: Reach 6/2/2010 2:24 PM PDT

Amazing 3D Halo: Reach Trailer

Hawty's hitting on all cylinders.

More multimedia out of Hawty McBloggy this morning. This by way of Mini Waz. It's a montage of sorts featuring three flavors of certified 3D action. There's even an option for scrubs who still operate in 2D! Peep it!

Amazing 3D Halo: Reach Trailer

Halo: Reach 6/2/2010 9:10 AM PDT permalink

'JK I Suck' - Halo: Reach Failtage

I'm awesome!

Just kidding. Found this sucker over at Hawty McBloggy. It's so bad, it's good. Explicit Lyrics.

YouTube - JK I Suck

Halo: Reach 6/2/2010 9:05 AM PDT permalink

Reach For This

Fan-created custom 360 console.

Hawty McBloggy took this opportunity to make some naughty jokes. Innuendo, even. Turns out there's more than just double entendre, though. This is one hot box!

Reach for this Custom Halo-Themed Xbox 360

Halo: Reach 6/1/2010 8:45 AM PDT permalink

Halo: Reach Post-Beta Interview

Sweet stats and studious learnin'.

Our man Brian sat down and spilled the beans on all the sweet post-Beta stats. Then IGN stole those beans and published them on the Internet.

Halo: Reach Post-Beta Interview

Halo: Reach 5/25/2010 1:18 PM PDT permalink

What Your Armor Ability Says About You

Who are you really?

If you're the type of person that sends out those personality quizzes on Facebook, this Hawty McBloggy joint will be right up your alley. Mature audiences only.

What Your Halo: Reach Armor Ability Says About You

Halo: Reach 5/25/2010 9:32 AM PDT permalink

Good, Bad-ass, Uggo...YouTubed

For your embedding pleasure.

YouTube - The Good, The Bad-ass, and The Ugly

Halo: Reach 5/25/2010 9:01 AM PDT permalink

The Good, The Bad-ass, and The Ugly

Thanks for playing the Beta. See you on 09.14.2010!

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Halo: Reach 5/25/2010 6:00 AM PDT

Halo: Reach Launches 09.14.2010!

You picked a hell of a day to join up.

Biggest Blockbuster Game of the Year 'Halo: Reach' Launches Sept. 14, 2010

More than 2.7 million players make history with record-shattering demand for the "Halo: Reach" multiplayer beta.

REDMOND, Wash., May 24, 2010 - The most anticipated game of the year is making its worldwide debut this September. "Halo: Reach," the blockbuster prequel to the best-selling video game franchise and hailed as the No. 1 game series of all time,(1) will leave its mark on the entertainment landscape when it launches worldwide, starting Sept. 14, 2010, and in Japan on Sept. 15.

Developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by acclaimed studio Bungie, "Halo: Reach" drops players back into the iconic universe they love so they can experience the birth of the "Halo" legend. During the past 10 years, the "Halo" franchise has inspired multiple New York Times best-selling novels, comic books, action figures, apparel and more, and it has sold more than 34 million games worldwide to date.

"'Halo: Reach' is the culmination of a decade of 'Halo,' a franchise that has become a global entertainment and pop-culture touchstone," said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios at Microsoft Corp. "Just as 'Halo: Combat Evolved' catalyzed the success of the original Xbox to define a decade of entertainment, 'Halo: Reach' will push the boundaries for what's possible in video games and help make 2010 the biggest year in Xbox history."

"There's no doubt in my mind that 'Halo: Reach' will be one of the biggest games and hottest entertainment products of the year," said Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. "Pre-orders for 'Halo: Reach' have been off the charts, with fans snapping up the limited and legendary editions since they were introduced just a month ago. Overall, it's a real testament to the passion of the 'Halo' fan base."

Consumers Help Make History With Record-Breaking "Halo: Reach" Beta

As a testament to the anticipation for its release, more than 2.7 million "Halo" fans helped make entertainment history this month by participating in the "Halo: Reach" multiplayer beta on Xbox LIVE, making it the largest console video game beta test on record and more than triple the size of the "Halo 3" beta. Players completed more than 13 million online games and logged over 16 million hours of online gameplay, amounting to over 1,826 years of total play time in just over a two-week period. The data and user feedback gathered from the beta will help Bungie and Microsoft further refine the game and deliver a blockbuster experience that fans have come to expect from the "Halo" franchise.

"Halo: Reach" follows the story of Noble Team, a squad of heroic Spartan soldiers as they make their final stand on planet Reach, humanity's last line of defense between the terrifying Covenant and Earth. Representing the best-in-class multiplayer elements that have become the hallmark of the "Halo" series, "Halo: Reach" offers the most action-packed multiplayer experience yet on Xbox LIVE. The "Halo: Reach" experience is completed with an intense campaign, an unparalleled suite of features and stunning new visuals powered by groundbreaking new technology.

"Halo: Reach" represents an enormous evolution for the genre-defining "Halo" games, and is testament to Bungie's 10 years of experience crafting amazing experiences. During the past decade, "Halo" fans have demonstrated their commitment to the franchise by logging more than 2 billion hours of gameplay on Xbox LIVE, sharing millions of pieces of user-generated content, creating original "Halo" machinima series and even holding "Halo" themed weddings.

"Halo: Reach" is available for preorder in standard, limited and legendary editions at participating retailers worldwide. The standard edition has an estimated retail price of $59.99 (U.S.), and the limited and legendary editions of the game will retail for $79.99 and $149.99 (U.S.), respectively. The limited and legendary editions of "Halo: Reach" are packed with extras that fans won't want to miss. The centerpiece of the legendary edition is a 10-inch-tall, hand-painted and individually molded Noble Team statue crafted by the expert artisans at McFarlane Toys. As a special bonus, fans can receive a token to unlock an exclusive in-game Spartan Recon Helmet, by picking up a copy of the game on launch day at North American retail stores, and outside of North America by making a pre-order reservation at participating retailers.

(1) According to a recent reader poll by Guinness World Records.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

Halo: Reach 5/24/2010 10:44 AM PDT permalink

Tag and Release - Reach, Reach, Reach

The sillier side.

Since the Reach Beta files are still available for browsing, we figured we'd snag a few more for this week's Tag and Release. Only a handful today, and we're focusing on the less serious business side of the Beta. Have yourself a look-see.

Spartan-Man, Spartan-Man...

Shot me Down, Bang Bang


Prepare to Drop

Oink, Oink

Plenty more where these came from. If you have some multimedia leftovers from the Halo: Reach Beta, now's the time to do your housekeeping. Save 'em or lose 'em.

Halo: Reach 5/24/2010 10:05 AM PDT permalink

Hedge Loves Halo

And Halo loves Hedge.

Just not in that way. He's got some great screenshots, though. Check 'em out. Thanks to HBO for the linkage.


Halo: Reach 5/21/2010 9:43 AM PDT permalink

Spherical Panorama: Overlook

All around the world.

HBO's HaLo2FrEeEk takes you around the world one last time, completing the circumnavigation of all our Beta maps. Hit the link to check it out.

Spherical Panorama: Overlook

Halo: Reach 5/21/2010 9:41 AM PDT permalink

Sudden Death!

The Beta is now officially over.

We mentioned it yesterday, but it bears repeating. The Beta is officially over, but our test team is leaving the servers up and running so they can run some horrible, inhumane experiments on live subjects. If you're still in the mix, you should anticipate some pain and suffering.

Stuff like:

  • Unpredictable gameplay behavior!
  • Long and unsuccessful Matchmaking times!
  • Unceremonious disconnects from the Beta!

Halo: Reach 5/20/2010 10:13 AM PDT permalink

Beta Blooper: Armor Lock vs. Armor Lock

The Showdown.

Hawty McBloggy dug up this little gem from some dark corner of the Internet. Two players enter, nobody leaves, and we all get a good laugh.

YouTube - Halo: Reach Beta Blooper - Armor Lock vs. Armor Lock

Halo: Reach 5/20/2010 9:51 AM PDT permalink