We all knew that after the beta ended, the wait for Halo Reach was going to be a long and painful one. Things just got a little better, as the wait just got ten days shorter. Despite previous reports that Halo Reach would be released later, the official release date for Halo Reach is September 14th, according to the AP.
Some of you may be wondering what the future of a site named haloreachBETA is when said beta is now over. Don't worry folks, no need to go changing those bookmarks, we're not going anywhere.
We'll continue to provide you all with all the latest news and discussions about Halo Reach all the way through the release of the game and beyond, for as long as the game is still worth talking about.
And, if you're getting withdrawals from not being able to play Halo Reach, what better way to pass the time until its September release than by talking about the game with other Halo fans over in our Halo Reach Forum?
We've been playing the Halo Reach Beta for two weeks now. We've tried out armor abilities, we've tried the new melee system, we've tried Invasion, we've tried Generator defense. We all know what your guy's thoughts on the beta are from all the good forum posts and arguments we've been seeing the last two weeks, but what are our thoughts? And does anyone care?
Well, if you do, hit the jump and read our impressions after the break.
The Halo Reach Beta will indeed be extended...by one day. The beta will shut off at 10am PDT on Thursday, May 20th.
Of course, if you just refuse to power down your system or leave the game, you can play for longer, as the Halo 2 folks will tell you.
Shhhh, don't tell Bungie, but we're hearing some mumblings that they may secretly be planning on extending the beta. I'm sure everyone remembers the server issues that plagued the beta the first few days, and if you think back to the Halo 3 beta you may recall that they had the same issues and ended up extending the beta a few days to make up for it.
But the most interesting piece of evidence comes from one of our own haloreachbeta.com users. Jump in after the break to see it.
I'm sure everyone has hit up youtube to watch their fair share of Halo Reach montages at this point. We'll be posting some here shortly, but we're going to stick to the ones that aim to be a little bit different rather than just someone editing some clips to show off their l337ness, which can be found ad nauseum.
First up comes from the creators themselves, and is a montage straight from Bungie, but with a twist. It's actually more "blooper reel" than montage. Hit the jump to see it in all it's glory.
Just a heads up everyone, the last game mode for the Halo Reach Beta, Generator Defense, has now gone live along with the last map we'll see in the beta, Overlook. For details on each just check out the links or hit the read more button, otherwise get to playing and let us know what you think over on the forums!
Have you noticed some differences when playing the beta the last few days? Well, that's thanks to you, folks. Bungie has taken feedback from the beta testers and made some changes to the game. Some are small, but some are pretty significant.
The updates include bug fixes, changes to gametypes, weapon changes, and even new gamemodes being introduced. Several of the changes are things that were discussed pretty ravenously here on our forums and comment sections, like the much discussed point stealing with players picking up and dropping flags already in a capture zone during Stockpile.
For a list of the changes, hit the jump.
The Halo Reach Beta has come in 3rd on Major Nelson's list of most played xbox 360 games, behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Halo 3: ODST. The 3rd place finish is quite impressive for a beta that not everyone has access to.
Further, what other sites reporting this are failing to mention is that the Halo Reach Beta was likely the 2nd most played game in actuality. Halo 3:ODST likely finished as high as it did on the charts because people have to boot into it to get to the Halo Reach Beta, at which point it is counting it as a "game played". So every person playing the Halo Reach Beta is also counting as a person playing ODST, and coupled with the couple people actually playing ODST that obviously puts it ahead of the beta on the list, even though it isn't in actuality.
Just a reminder for those of you that have been getting tired of playing the same two maps, and even for those that haven't. The Invasion game mode for the Halo Reach Beta will become available today around 11am PDT. It will also bring with it a new map, Boneyard, to play on. Also for the first time in the beta we'll see some playable vehicles.
For the full schedule of game type/map releases, see here.