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Halo: Reach Dated

Sad that the “Halo: Reach” beta is over?  Well, Bungie doesn’t plan to keep you hanging for too long.  According to the Associated Press, Halo: Reach will be in stores on September 14th.  Bungie and Microsoft had already said publicly that the game would be released in September – the announcement simply adds the day.

Then again, any news about “Reach” is big news, after the massive success of the beta.  2.7 million people played the “Reach” beta over the course of 18 days, racking up around 16 million collective hours of playtime and over a billion kills.  If those statistics serve as an indicator, “Reach” has a chance to be crowned “most successful Halo game.”  Not an insignificant title, to be sure.  “Halo 3”, the current high-flier, sold around 5 million copies in the first week.

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Happy Halo: Reach Beta Day!

If you own an Xbox 360, but haven’t started playing the “Halo: Reach” multiplayer beta, then either you’re a very busy person or a very stupid person.  WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!

Go stab guys in the back!

Use a Jet-Pack!

Get Killed!

Ok, so maybe you avoid that last one.  Anyways, if you’re interested, but don’t have a beta code,  you can still get one by buying a copy of “Halo: ODST.”  The Halo: Reach beta starts today and ends on May 19th.  The full game will be released some time next fall.

Halo: Reach Beta Screens

So the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta opened up to a limited number of users yesterday.  For all of you out there drooling at the prospect of playing the game even a second earlier, here are some really nice screenshots.  The wide-scale beta opens on May 3rd.  The full game, however, won’t drop until some time in September.

Master Chief Sings

It looks like Master Chief is out of a job.  Bungie confirmed that there aren’t going to be any new Halo games at least ten years.  Plus, he’s not even in Halo: Reach.  What’s a Spartan to do?

Well apparently he’s been thinking about it, and Master Chief is getting a jump on making the transition from heroic cyborg to…  80’s pop singer.

Who knew that Master Chief would be a Phil Collins fan?

Bungie and Activision Sign 10-Year Publishing Contract

Halo developer Bungie had made it quite clear in recent months that Halo: Reach would be the last game in the Halo franchise for the foreseeable future.

If you didn’t believe them…  Well, now you have proof.

Bungie has agreed to give Activision-Blizzard exclusive publishing rights to all games the studio develops for the next ten years.  Though the terms of the deal were not fully disclosed, The agreement seems to revolve around the establishment of a single AAA franchise, to be published across multiple platforms; “Activision will have exclusive, worldwide rights to publish and distribute all future Bungie games based on the new intellectual property on multiple platforms and device.”  It was also made explicitly clear that the deal calls for a “partnership”, rather than a merger or aquisition:  Bungie will remain completely independent and retain complete creative control of their projects.  When asked why they chose to work with Activision, Bungie president Harold Ryan said that the studio was looking for a producer with “global reach” and experience publishing games on multiple platforms.  If nothing else, Activision has both of those things in spades.

The question everyone’s asking now is; “What is the new IP”?  No one knows, but according to Activision COO Thomas Tppl,”Bungie has been working on this project for awhile.”  Bungie staff are keeping tight-lipped about everything not Halo: Reach related, but have indicated that the series will be something completely new (Sorry Marathon fans), it will be big and it may or may not be a shooter.  When asked what genre this new series would fall into during an interview with Kotaku, Bungie Community Manager Brian Jerrard said; “Looking back on our pedigree we’ll definitely be building on the strengths that have helped Bungie to get where we are today.”  Technically, that could mean a lot of things:  Realistically, it means the game is going to be an FPS.  Meanwhile, other rumors are already surfacing, such as the idea that the new series may be subscription-based, but both companies are keeping quiet about what’s in store.

On a different front, this news only strengthens recent the likelihood that Activision will seek to dissolve Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward, which has been the cause of series of problems for them in recent months.  With a strong new franchise from Bungie, there seems little reason to keep the studio open, seeing as it is a shadow of what created the most-successful game of all time.

Games For Thought will keep you posted as details of the deal and the new franchise arise.  Given that the series is already being developed, it’s totally possible that we get a little taste – or at least a name – during E3 this June.

UPDATE:  Remember what I said about the possibility of getting more info about Bungie’s new series at E3?  Well, apparently it ain’t gonna happen.  Bungie community manager Brian Jerrard, speaking with Edge this time, says that there will be absolutely no new information about the project this year’s show.  Jerrard emphasized the fact that Bungie is still working on Halo: Reach, which won’t actually be finished until this fall.

Live Action Halo: Reach Ad – “Birth of a Spartan”

It seems like the best things to come from “Halo: ODST” were those live-action ads Microsoft made.  Well, they’re continuing the trend for Halo: Reach.  Titled “Birth of a Spartan”, the trailer shows how a Spartan III is made.  Halo: Reach drops September 1st, but for everybody who bought ODST,  the “Reach” multiplayer beta opens on May 3rd.

UPDATE:  Here’s the extended version of the trailer.  Frankly speaking, the longer version doesn’t add anything particularly interesting – the same event transpires, but with extra camera work.  That said, feel free to check them both out and see for yourself.

Halo: Reach Multiplayer Video

This trailer for Halo: Reach shows a lot of new features, from the previously rumored assassination abilities to new things like jet-packs and “headhunter” mode.  The multiplayer beta starts May 3’rd; if you haven’t picked up a copy of Halo: ODST, I’d consider running out right now.