Microsoft has officially released everything Halo fans need to know about the upcoming Halo: Reach beta, which begins on May 3. For a beta it’s pretty comprehensive as far as what portions of the game will be available. The beta will start out offering three playlists, but two additional ones will be added throughout the trial period, which will last until May 19. Other highlights include a free Reach hoodie for your Avatar, and an exclusive weekend of free multiplayer Halo play for all Xbox Live members, even the poor Silver folks.
Here is the full version of the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta details for your in-depth pleasure:
The beta will include three playlists featuring the all-new, highly competitive Arena mode (4v4 ranked Team Slayer games) as well as “Free-for-All” and “Grab Bag” playlists, which includes a mix of classic and brand new game types. Beginning May 7, the new large-scale Spartan vs. Elite “Invasion” playlist will be added to the beta. Finally, on May 14, the “Generator Defense” game type will become available.
Everyone who logs in and plays at least one full game of any type in the Halo: Reach beta will receive a free Halo: Reach Avatar hoodie via the Halo Waypoint portal on Xbox LIVE. To redeem the hoodie, players must access Halo Waypoint and browse their “Halo” Career statistics after completing a match. Additionally, as a way to give even more “Halo” fans a chance to join the fun, online multiplayer for the Halo: Reach beta, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 3 will be free for all Xbox LIVE members during the “Halo Multiplayer Unlock Weekend,” which runs from May 14 at 9 a.m. PDT through May 17 at 9 a.m. PDT.
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E.B. “Making you a better geek, one post at a time!”