Send our Beta out with a Bang!

Calling all cinematographers.

Wanna commemorate your very best Beta moments? Help us, help you. Today and tomorrow, we'll be scouring the Beta file collection in search of stuff that shows off your 1337 skills and greatest gameplay moments. We'll even be looking for some bugs and glitches that make us chuckle.

Participation is easy:

  • Upload your Saved Films from the in game menu
    • Not clips, but full Saved Films
  • Tag your Saved Film with "Sendoff"
    • You can use the in game menu or add the tag on
    • All one word, with no quotation marks
If your Saved Film is indeed awesome, we might use it for something top secret and totally sweet. Now get to work! Time, she is a-wastin'!

Halo: Reach 5/19/2010 2:59 PM PDT permalink

Beta Sunset Date Officially Extended!

The Beta ends on Thursday, May 20th at 10:00am PST.

The final twenty-four hours of the Halo: Reach Beta are now underway. We hope you've been having a blast. The data you've helped us collect will ensure that Halo: Reach's multiplayer experience is the best it can be when it launches in the fall.

For now, go ahead and keep on keepin' on. We won't officially pull the plug until tomorrow morning at 10:00am PST and we plan on prowling the Playlists ourselves this evening in search of unsuspecting suckers. Keep an eye out for us, but if we don't get a chance to catch up, we just wanted to say thanks for playing. You're awesome. A big part of the Beta's success is owed to you.

Thanks, Seventh Column!

We should note that after the Beta officially ends, our test team is planning on jumping into the live environment to simulate a host of horrible conditions in order to better prepare themselves for the retail launch. They'll be unceremoniously pulling plugs, pouring coffee into server banks, and pressing buttons that are clearly marked, "Do Not Press." If you're still playing the Beta after 10:00am tomorrow, you should expect to witness some strange and suspect stuff going down.

Stuff like:

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

Halo: Reach 5/19/2010 9:42 AM PDT permalink

KOXM Episode 212

Two men enter...

...and both men left. This time. Yup, Chris Carney and Brian Jarrard dropped in on the Official Xbox Magazine's KOXM radio broadcast to talk a little bit of Reach Beta. HBO tipped us off. Have a listen.

KOXM Episode 212

Halo: Reach 5/19/2010 9:12 AM PDT permalink

Bug Hunt Bags the Big Ones

Excellent work, my brothers!

In last week's update we put out the call for a handful of rare bugs we wanted you to help us find. You answered that call. If you planned on participating, show's over. We have all the evidence we need and these bugs are so gettin' squashed.

If you were one of the five who submitted games and films for each bug we listed, you'll be hearing from me soon. Thanks for the assist!

Halo: Reach 5/17/2010 1:58 PM PDT permalink

Tag and Release - Overlook

Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Only one weekend's worth of Overlook content? No problem. You guys do quick work. Check out what was already on hand when we woke up on Monday morning.

Tag: Overlook


Wish You Were Here


Surly Bonds

Fog of War

Generator Lost

Back Blast


On Patrol

In the Sunshine

Blaze of Glory



Not enough for you? Get your fill by checking out all the files contained in our Halo: Reach Beta File Search. There's plenty more where these came from!

Halo: Reach 5/17/2010 11:04 AM PDT permalink

Leekegan Strikes Again

This time, with deadly precision.

Seems a bit early to have a precision replica of the Halo: Reach Sniper Rifle, but that's exactly what's Leekegan is holding in his hot little hands. An email to our team made the rounds this morning so we could ooh and aww over his handiwork. Now it's your turn. Hit the jump to check it out. - Leekegan Halo: Reach Sniper Rifle

Halo: Reach 5/17/2010 10:55 AM PDT permalink

Teabag Prevention Presents

How to use Armor Abilities.

Another find from HBO this morning, the fine folks over at Geekscape! want to show you the Reach Beta ropes. Up today, Armor Abilities. If you've yet to come to grips with the new school, pull up a chair and pay attention. You're about to get learned!

TP Presents: Reach for my Tips - How to use Armor Abilities

Halo: Reach 5/17/2010 9:10 AM PDT permalink

Views From the Edge

Helping Reach fall in style.

Looks like the addition of Overlook added some sweet scenery to the mix. Check out these scenic views from Overlook...and beyond! Thanks to HBO for the linkage.

Views from the Edge: Views from Reach

Halo: Reach 5/17/2010 9:04 AM PDT permalink

Sword Base All Panoramical Like

Round and round we go.

HBOer HaLo2FrEeEk took some time out of his busy schedule to lock horns with the Halo: Reach Beta and produce this downright dizzying shot. Take a peak at the whole of Sword Base from one unique perspective.

Spherical Panorama: Sword Base!

Halo: Reach 5/17/2010 9:01 AM PDT permalink

Network Test 1 is Live!

Defend the Generators or die trying!

3v3 Generator Defense. Spartans vs Elites.

Elites, destroy the Generators. Spartans, get up close and lock them down by holding X. No matter which team you're on, make sure you're using the d-pad during respawn to choose your location.

Halo: Reach 5/14/2010 11:28 AM PDT permalink

'The Beginning' - A Halo: Reach Beta Montage

From the beginning...

Super serious music, a good blend of gameplay, and some super slow motion (for me) make for an interesting mix. Check out a three minute montage from some guy who probably really isn't Snip3down.

YouTube - The Beginning

Halo: Reach 5/14/2010 9:27 AM PDT permalink

IGN Top Kills of the Week - May 13th


Looks like IGN was digging around in the same place I was yesterday. One, two, three...not it! But where we only put three clips on display, they came away with ten. Check 'em out.

Halo: Reach 5/13/2010 9:09 AM PDT permalink

Beta Playlist Updates Live!

A new gametype goes live alongside some fancy new updates.

Embrace change! We've just made some adjustments to the Halo: Reach Beta and introduced a new flavor of Slayer inside the Grab Bag playlist. Along with a host of under-the-hood technical type stuff that you don't need to be too concerned about, here's the list of alterations you'll definitely wanna know about:

  • Grab Bag’s “SvE Slayer” pits Spartans vs. Elites
  • Spartan DMR Loadout removed from Invasion Phase 1
  • CTF Flag return proximity slightly increased
  • Headhunter skull pickup radius increased
  • Same team Stockpile flag removal and re-scoring resolved

It's all live right now. Fire up the Beta and check it out!

Halo: Reach 5/12/2010 4:50 PM PDT permalink

Purple People Eater, Pro-Style

Sweet clips, bro.

Banshee. With seven of your buddies. The Banshee. It's awesome. I love it. Ah!

Get Piped

Armor Lock Beats Banshee

Flipped Off

We wanna see more of your sweet stuff! Make sure you're uploading and tagging your clips from the in game menu or on If you want to render them up so other people can play 'em back from the comfort of their own computer, use Bungie Pro to get the job done. If you already have, make sure you're saving your clips to your local hard drive for posterity.

Halo: Reach 5/12/2010 2:16 PM PDT permalink

Halo: Reach Magnum Montage

Grip it and rip it.

KnightxofxLight is pretty handy with the hand cannon. Check out his five shot skills.

YouTube - Halo: Reach Pistol Montage

Halo: Reach 5/12/2010 9:05 AM PDT permalink

Halo: Reach Beta Survival Guide

Getting killed out there? Step inside.

Read Full Top Story

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

Halo: Reach Beta FFA Tournament

Registrations open now!

Bungie Central is hosting an online Halo: Reach Beta Tourney is support of the charity of your choosing. That is, if you win. More details inline below.

"Thousands of players will be playing the Halo: Reach Beta for the next two weeks. We thought this would be a great opportunity to raise money for charity and award some participants with Bungie swag, Halo: Reach Legendary Edition pre-orders, Microsoft Points, and much more. In order to make this happen, we're asking you to donate at least $5 to participate via PayPal.

There will be no more than four rounds in the tournament. Once you've registered, you're all set. Check the Bungie Central forum to make sure you're on the tournament bracket. The schedule for what date and time you'll be playing will be posted there on May 11th, if not sooner. If you can't make it, you may be able to be re-scheduled. If not, you'll be added to first priority on the substitutes list."

Halo: Reach Beta FFA Tournament

Halo: Reach 5/10/2010 3:39 PM PDT permalink

Tag and Release - Invasion

Instruments of destruction.

War. It never changes. Or maybe it changes everything. While you're busy pondering platitudes, use your mouse wheel to peruse these sweet screenshots I discovered while sifting through the Invasion aftermath.

Halo: Reach Beta File Search

Hot Zone

Ash and Anger

Air Support

On the Move

Rain Down

Subtle Beauty


Will of the Gods

Light the Way



This is the End

Forged in Fire

See Me Rollin'

Plenty more where these came from. You know where to find 'em. (If not click the link at the top of this article.) Upload and Tag your own from the in game menu or drop them off at and use your profile to get yourself sorted.

Halo: Reach 5/10/2010 10:18 AM PDT permalink

Late Halo: Reach Beta Access!

There's still hope!

Hope Unto Dawn wants to help you get access to the Halo: Reach Beta. Better late than never. For full rules and submission steps, hit the jump below.

Late Halo: Reach Beta Access!

Halo: Reach 5/10/2010 9:23 AM PDT permalink

Views from the Edge

Before the Fall.

HBO's BlueNinja got his boots in the mud and came back with some still images. Check out some cool screenshots from the Halo: Reach Beta.

Views from the Edge: Before the Fall

Halo: Reach 5/10/2010 9:19 AM PDT permalink

Unique and Deadly


Grin + Bear It goes unusually safe for work this morning and takes a brief look at the economy of war in Halo: Reach. Hit the link to check it out.

Grin + Bear It: Credit Card

Halo: Reach 5/10/2010 9:13 AM PDT permalink

Bungie Weekly Update 05.07.10

And now it's time for the breakdown.

Read Full Top Story

Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo: Reach 5/7/2010 3:08 PM PDT

Invasion is Live!

Form a fireteam and fall in line.

If you've called in sick to play some Halo: Reach Beta, it's time to throw-down therapeutically. Invasion in live. If you need a quick primer, check out the Invasion exploration in our Beta Guide, otherwise, get in there and get tactical!

Halo: Reach 5/7/2010 11:09 AM PDT permalink

Reclaimer 253- Stone Epitaph, Part Four

Taking fire!

Part four of Reclaimer's Stone Epitaph is up and online. You've been following along, right?

Reclaimer 253 - Stone Epitaph, Part Four

Halo: Reach 5/7/2010 9:07 AM PDT permalink