Halo: Reach Beta - Sketch Style

Turns out the old saying "take a picture, it'll last longer" applies to the Reach beta, too.

Playing the beta this past week has been a blast but the fun doesn't have to end when the game does. With Saved Films you can re-live your amazing (and embarassing) moments and capture them forever as a screenshot or a film clip.  But of course you know all of that, right?

And you also know that you can browse through all the screens and films created by the community directly within the game, right?

You do already know that we've had over a million people experience the Reach: Beta this week. But what  you don't know is that over 375,000 screenshots have already been taken and uploaded to Bungie.net.  Yes, that's right, THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND screenshots. Add in saved films and all told we've had just over a half million user created files uploaded to Bungie.net in just the first three days of the Reach Beta.  Wow, you all have been busy.

There's no shortage of truly epic and awesome screenshots to be found out there but I'm here today to show you MY screenshots. I'm certainly not claiming that these are the best around, in fact, probably far from it. Rather I just wanted to share my own personal scrap book from the first few days of online beta adventures. Perhaps this will inspire you to do the same.

Sketch's Halo: Reach Beta Week One Photo Album

 *CLINK* Never before has that sound struck such fear into the hearts of men. And yeah, I'm that guy that tosses nades whenever I get the opportunity.

The only thing more fun than crushing someone with a Hammer is being on the receiving end and popping Armor Lock, meleeing them to the head and stealing their mallet. 


Bip. Bap. Bam.

What can I say, I'm a sucker for FX. And this just looks badass.

Poor red dude is between an (armor) Lock and a hard place.

 Monkey in the Middle. 

 Mmmmm dust and debris... My one and only game of Juggernaut so far. Why won't more of you vote for it? /cry

Noble Sketch, reporting for duty. (Not pictured: My recently acquired helmet optics package)

We'd love to see your screenshots so keep taking 'em and keep tagging 'em and maybe we'll show off your goods in the next installment of "Tag and Release."  With Invasion releasing tomorrow and all the Spartan vs. Elite and vehicular mayhem that comes with it, we should be in store for some truly epic screenshots in the days ahead.

Halo: Reach 5/6/2010 1:26 PM PDT permalink

Halo: Reach Headshot

Two Battle Bros enter...

...and they both leave. Because they are kind and gentle souls. Click the video below to see what these two soul-mates think about their fabulous new Armor Abilities.

YouTube - Halo: Reach Headshot w/ Sark and The Dead Pixel.

Halo: Reach 5/6/2010 8:59 AM PDT permalink

Heroes and Villains

Folks need gyros.

Greek sounds good for lunch. Stole that joke from Shishka. Shameless, ain't I?

Where were we? Oh, yes. Hawty McBloggy posted up a poster-ized take on Halo's "Heroes and Villains" straight from the mind of Halcylon. If you need a new wallpaper, this could be a contender. Check it out.

Halo’s Heroes and Villains Wallpaper

Halo: Reach 5/6/2010 8:42 AM PDT permalink

Halo Multiplayer's Salvation

Sup, Johnny Shakyhands.

IGN's Alec Meer loves us so much he penned a love note. Love you too, Alec. Love you, too.

Why Reach is Halo Multiplayer's Salvation

Halo: Reach 5/6/2010 8:40 AM PDT permalink

File Under Awesome

More multimedia madness!

Yup, we found some more sweet files for you. We do so love you. Check out four sweet film clips our Bungie Pro Video rendering service turned into amazing YouTube clips!

If want to make you own and share them with the world, make sure you're using the Theater provided in the Beta to show off your in game carnage. If you want to make it even easier to share, make sure you check out Bungie Pro. If you just want to find other people's uploaded stuff, snag them straight from the menu in the Beta, or if you're away from your rig, get 'em right here at Bungie.net. Bam!

Halo: Reach 5/5/2010 1:28 PM PDT permalink

Beta Damage - Day One

Breaking down the damage done.

Whoa. We knew that the Halo: Reach Beta launch would be kind of a big deal, but you came out of the gate and absolutely crushed our expectations. Also crushed on day one: our servers. Thanks for being patient as we worked out some of the kinks that inevitably come with a global launch effort, and thanks for jumping in and playing the Beta with us. We've already collected reams of data and your participation continues to help us make the game even better for the full release this fall.

Since you kicked so much ass, we've got a nice little stats breakdown to help put it in the proper perspective. Here are the numbers from the first twenty four hours.

1,170,112 Total Players!

  • 14,205,611 Player Games
  • 157,972,986 Kills
  • 936,864,266 Seconds Spent Playing

Out stats guru, RocketMoose, tells us that the average player kicked in fourteen games during the inaugural run! That amounts to about 29.67 years of total time. Overall, we saw more players on the first day then we did over the entirety of the Halo 3 Beta. Thanks for the investment. We'll make sure it pays dividends.

And of course, the Beta is still in full swing. To check out what's on tap in the days ahead, touch base in our Beta Guide and stay tuned to Bungie.net for more information.

Thanks for playing!

Halo: Reach 5/5/2010 12:59 PM PDT permalink

Reclaimer 252 - Stone Epitaph, Part Three

Assassinations are good for the soul.

Looks like we missed some Reclaimer amidst all the Reach Beta news. Get caught up by clicking on the link below. Reclaimer indexes all their past records in cold state storage!

Reclaimer 252 - Stone Epitaph, Part Three

Halo: Reach 5/5/2010 11:28 AM PDT permalink

Halo: Reach BetaBusters Episode 1

Myth: defendthehouse made another Mythbusters video.


YouTube - Halo: Reach BetaBusters Episode 1

Halo: Reach 5/4/2010 3:01 PM PDT permalink

How to Give Good Feedback

Help us, help you.

So you’ve downloaded the Halo: Reach Beta, played some games, and now you want to sound off. Great! We want to hear from you. Here are a few tips to help you make your voice heard.
Be Succinct
Cut to the chase. As you can see, our Beta Feedback forums are awash in lengthy reviews, passionate diatribes, and totally doable feature requests. Make your subject line clear and concise and it’ll help your feedback cut through the muck.
Good Feedback

Subject: Stockpile Scoring Issue

Body: In Stockpile someone else on your team can pick up flags you’ve placed in the stockpile and put them back to get credit for the score.

Oh, that’s not cool. We’ll fix it for ship. Good feedback!
Great Feedback
The only thing that would have made the above even better would be a link to a Saved Film showing the exploit in action. In fact, every good report is made better by simply attaching a relevant Film Clip and the link to the game itself from your history page.

Like this.

Since Bungie.net doesn’t automatically link the two, please include the Saved Film AND the link to the game in question from your stats page.

A good example of the effectiveness of this method is spawn reporting. A thread about how spawns “totaly suk” isn’t all that helpful. A thread highlighting a particularly egregious spawn you experienced while you were hanging out in the Rock Garden on Powerhouse, complete with a link to the game in question and a Film Clip of the event occurring right before our very eyes, is exactly the sort of thing we’re looking for.
Not so Good Feedback

Subject: “Who misses the legendary BR?”

Over the last week i have been thinking after looking at some game play footage what the ... have Bungie done why have they tried to make a game like CoD. But since i have got the beta I am surprised to say i am totally wrong it is still halo but i am sad to see the end of the LEGENDARY BR!!

What do we learn from this kind of feedback (aside from the obvious stuff I won’t cover for fear of badly bruising a young child’s ego)? Well, nothing. Matters of opinion are all fine and dandy, but they’re not very constructive and they don’t provide us with any useful data. The same goes for overly elaborate posts that break down the current weapons palette, bullet-by-bullet, with explicit instructions regarding potential modifications that you feel would make them better. We’ll be able to see exactly how effective or ineffective each weapon is using the wealth of statistical data we are collecting.

Reviews of our work-in-progress beta software, both positive and negative, are welcome, but we ask that you keep them isolated to the Review Thread we’ve pinned so feedback and bug reporting doesn’t become buried under the tremendous weight of your glowing praise or damning criticism.
Done Before
It should also be noted that the issue you’re reporting has likely already been identified. Take a minute to search the Beta Feedback Forum and glance at our thread setup to cover and consolidate known issues.

Re-posting known issues only serves to push other relevant topics off the front page, making them more difficult to find. You aren’t getting sweet credit for being first, you’re likely making it more difficult for us to key in on relevant issues, including your own. Zero e-credits for you.

Seek out established threads where users are already discussing the issues you’re experiencing and it will be much appreciated. Feel free to add your own data and link us to any relevant film clips you have so we can see the problem first hand. Naturally, threads covering widespread issues should bubble up to the top and stay afloat.
Be Nice!
We really shouldn’t have to tell you this. It’s just good common sense. People are more inclined to listen to you if you communicate with them respectfully. Verbal diarrhea and vitriolic rants are not only unhelpful, they’re also uncivilized. The intent of our feedback forum is to give our awesome users a sounding board to let us know what’s not up to snuff for retail release. Wading through your typographically challenged rant makes that a significantly less than enjoyable experience. More importantly, it requires that we sift through useless information to get to the good stuff.

Please play nice. We can and will nuke you with the Banhammer. And we'll enjoy it. We’re cranky like that.

Oh, and one more thing. While we’re definitely interested in gauging the community response to the Halo: Reach Beta, some things are ultimately subjective and implemented by design. If you’re furiously typing up a tome with the belief that your expert opinion on weapon balance or fundamental game mechanics desperately needs to be heard, you’re likely throwing your keystrokes away.

We are listening, we are watching, but we are not going to make major changes based on your day one review – even if you have a really high k/d ratio, tens of thousands of Halo 3 games tallied, and credentials that date back to the halcyon days of Halo: CE.

Thanks for playing the Beta and thanks for the feedback.

HelpHalo: Reach 5/4/2010 11:28 AM PDT permalink

Reach Beta Saved Film Spectaular!

We saw that!

Aldridge already found some sweet Saved Films stashed in our Reach Beta multimedia collection. Check out some great, not-so-great, and downright hilarious stuff people are doing with the Reach Beta. Don't forget to upload and tag your own clips in game, and if you wanna share them with ease online, to render 'em using Bungie Pro.






Oh, and if you need some incentive for uploading your awesome screenshots and film clips, you might want to note that we're keeping our eye out for awesome content. Players who impress us could end up with something sweet for their trouble. Stay tuned.

Halo: Reach 5/4/2010 10:50 AM PDT permalink

Beta is Online and Operational

Some string, duct tape, and a whole lot of elbow grease later.

The Beta is not quite fully operational, but it should be moving at a pretty good clip now that our online team has applied some technological fixups. You should still expect suboptimal performance, but you should also now be getting games with relative ease. Once again, thanks for being patient. Unless of course you weren't patient at all and you made like a million posts to the feedback forum to complain about the outage even though there were already like a million posts already made complaining about the outage. If you were that guy, thanks for nothing!

Again, we're not out of the woods just yet. If you experience any problems connecting or getting into games, please let us know about it. Politely, of course. Otherwise, have fun in the Beta!

Halo: Reach 5/3/2010 8:10 PM PDT permalink

Getting Games in the Beta

Some quick tips to shorten your wait.

So, yup some stuff is on fire here at the office and if the forums are any indication, we were totally unprepared, don't care about our real fans, and should totally give everyone their zero dollars back with a side of free Xbox LIVE. While none of that's the case, our test team just broke away from an epic struggle with some molten server metal and 600,000 players to deliver us some quick tips to help you get games going a little bit faster.

  1. Don't restart your search, even if load times are long. The initial load for map and game type will take a really long time, which is super lame, but once you've made the connection, the files will be cached to your hard drive and the next time you load to same map/game type, it should be nice and fast.
  2. Don't reboot or reload the beta. It won't help and it will actually clear your cache, making your wait times much longer.
  3. Don't leave your party. Since everybody in the party has to load the same files, your wait is tied to other player's download process as well. Stick with the same crew and things should iron out.

Rest assured that we're working on the issues and as soon as things start to smooth out, we'll let you know. Thanks for your patience.

Halo: Reach 5/3/2010 4:10 PM PDT permalink

Tied the Leader: Welcome Aboard

The more the merrier.

The Gunslingers over at Tied the Leader wanna welcome you to the Reach Beta show. I think they might just want some more moving targets. Either way, they've got the early tricks of the trade to help you ease on in. Hit the link below to mount up.

Tied the Leader: Welcome Aboard

Halo: Reach 5/3/2010 11:48 AM PDT permalink

Teabag Prevention Presents

Reach For My Tips - Week 1

HBO tipped us off that Geekscape! posted their latest Teabag Prevention piece. This one is as poignant as all the rest. Beautiful prose aimed at preventing you from seeing too much crotch. Sound good? Link below.

Teabag Prevention Presents: Reach For My Tips - Week 1

Halo: Reach 5/3/2010 11:43 AM PDT permalink

Tag and Release - Reach Beta Edition!

Sweet assets!

Looks like there are already heaps of awesome multimedia packed into our Halo: Reach Beta file collection. Check out some of the screenshots I found, just by fiddling with a few simple knobs and levers.


o hello

Guy with the Gun


Under Glass


Open Up and Say Argh!


Making Minor Adjustments

Good work. There's much more where these came from, too. If you want to dig in, the full collection is online. Don't forget to upload and tag your own awesome content. You can make it happen right from the Halo: Reach Beta menus.

Halo: Reach 5/3/2010 11:31 AM PDT permalink

Top 10 Halo Reach Kills - 4.30.10

Blame Stosh!

Sweet! IGN migrated their Top 10 Kills series over to the Halo: Reach Beta. Look closely and you might recognize the star of one of the clips. So clutch!

YouTube - Top Ten Halo: Reach Kills

Halo: Reach 5/3/2010 10:46 AM PDT permalink

Halo: Reach Betage!

Gonna break my rusty cage and run.

Hawty McBloggy's got a link up to an early access pass Halo: Reach Beta montage. It's awesome. Did we mention that Rendered Videos work with the Halo: Reach Beta?

YouTube - Betage

Halo: Reach 5/3/2010 10:36 AM PDT permalink


Fire up your copy of ODST!

The Beta is live! Gain access via the ODST main menu. If you're already squatting there in anticipation, you may need to reboot and reload your copy to see the change.

Welcome to the Beta!

Halo: Reach 5/3/2010 10:03 AM PDT permalink

Preview the Beta

Watch while you wait!

Aisha Tyler gets you primed and ready to play the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta! The beta goes live this morning. Standby!

Welcome to the Beta

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QuickTime High Definition (Subtitled)

WMV Standard Definition
WMV High Definition (Subtitled)


Halo: Reach 5/3/2010 9:54 AM PDT permalink

Halo: Reach Beta Weekend FAQ

The Reach Beta officially begins on Monday but many of you have questions NOW. Answers inside.

The Reach Multiplayer Beta is officially just two days away but with all the recent commotion around "friends and family" codes and what seems like the entire world (except for you) playing early, there are a lot of questions and some confusion arising in the community. Let's see if we can provide some answers so you can get back to enjoying your weekend.

When does the Beta officially begin?
ODST owners will be able to access the Reach beta "late morning" PDT on Monday, May 3rd. Just put your ODST campaign disc in and select the Reach Beta menu option.

"Late morning?" Can't you tell us the exact time?
Late morning (Pacific Daylight Time) is as exact as we can get right now. As soon as the switch is flipped and the beta is active, we'll be sure to spread the word.

If the beta doesn't start until Monday then why is everyone else already playing?
This weekend there are some people playing the Reach Beta as part of what has been dubbed the "Friends and Family" early beta. Over the past few days Bungie and tons of community sites and media sites have given away codes all across the web. In addition, MGS has issued codes to various partners and retailers. Ultimately this amounts to thousands of people but it's still a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of people expected to join beginning on Monday. The purpose for this early access is to allow us to work out any kinks and knock off the dust before the flood gates open on Monday morning. As such, it was intentionally limited to a manageable, small population.

"Small population?" Looks to me like nearly 20,000 people have been playing the Beta!
That may very well be the case given all the various programs going on out there (the two thousand or so codes Bungie gave out and then all the codes MSFT has distributed to retailers and media outlets). Twenty thousand people sounds big but compared to the few million people that could potentially all start playing as of Monday, it's a very tiny fraction of the overall beta population.

I bought ODST and I'm a huge fan of Bungie - why didn't I get a code and why do I have to wait until Monday?
The Beta was always scheduled to begin on May 3rd and that's still the case. Nothing is being taken away from you. Unfortunately there were only so many codes available for this preliminary weekend and given the enormous size of our community, only a tiny fraction could be included. We're sorry that we couldn't hook up everyone but the good news is that you won't have to wait much longer.

Is Bungie giving away anymore codes?
We are not giving away anymore codes. It's possible that some community or media sites are still giving away codes but Bungie has depleted the small stash we had. Any codes you find on Bungie.net are certainly already claimed by now so please enjoy your weekend and don't waste your time scouring the site for a left over code.

Why can't you just turn the beta on early?
Unfortunately it doesn't work that way. There's a lot happening behind the scenes with a lot more groups involved than just Bungie. We built this small test weekend into the schedule specifically to make sure Monday's launch is as smooth as possible. As soon as the switch is flipped on Monday we will spread the word.

What's this I hear about Halo 2 people getting codes for the beta?
Microsoft contacted Halo 2 players a month or so ago and informed them that they would be receiving a Reach beta code as a small token of appreciation in light of the game being decommissioned from Xbox LIVE. If you received one of these messages, you're one of those people. If you didn't, or have no idea what any of this means, don't sweat it.

I'm a huge Halo 2 fan, I've played a million games... I never got a mail from Microsoft. What gives?
Unfortunately I don't have any insights into the parameters or qualifications that warranted getting one of these emails. This was a nice gesture extended by the Xbox LIVE team and Bungie doesn't have any involvement.

Ok, I'm one of the Halo 2 people - when can I expect my code?
Microsoft has informed us that they will begin mailing out those codes on Monday May 3rd. However, please note that due to the large volume, it may take a few days to reach everyone.

As soon as the beta is live on Monday morning we will spread the word. Until then, enjoy your weekend!

Halo: Reach 5/1/2010 6:46 PM PDT permalink

Welcome to the Beta!

The Beta is live!

Read Full Top Story

Halo: Reach 4/28/2010 2:59 PM PDT

Birth of a Spartan

Welcome to Noble Team.

The Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta begins on May 3rd. Ready?

"The highly classified bio-augmentation procedure is a Spartan candidate’s final and most difficult ordeal before joining the ranks of the legendary soldiers. The dramatic interpretation of Carter’s rebirth as a Spartan embodies the themes of courage, sacrifice and honor in Halo: Reach and gives viewers a unique look into the origins of a central character in the upcoming blockbuster game."

Birth of a Spartan - Standard Definition [6.3 MB]

Birth of a Spartan - High Definition [50.8 MB]

Halo: Reach 4/27/2010 9:00 PM PDT permalink

The Halo: Reach Beta Guide

Get ready to rumble!

The Halo: Reach Beta Guide is open and ready for business. Before you get down and dirty with the Beta, get yourself up to speed. Just click on the image below to begin.

Halo: Reach 4/27/2010 2:20 PM PDT permalink

Gamepro's Got Codes

Get em!

HBO tipped us off to a little Twitter competition Gamepro is running. Follow along and you could win Friends and Family codes. Free and easy. Give it your best shot!

Gamepro Beta Code Giveaway

Halo: Reach 4/27/2010 9:05 AM PDT permalink