It has been announced that the Halo: Reach
beta test, made available through Halo 3: ODST
, will be available to play until May 19th. Starting May 3rd, it gives players over two weeks to sample a variety of new play types and features. The beta will rotate three playlists, which will be a variety of new and old match types that will be covered on the rotations, they will feature the game's new four-on-four team Deathmatch Arena mode.
From May 7th, a fourth playlist will be available concentraing on large-scale Spartan vs. Elite matches and the "Generator Defense" match type will be introduced into the battles on May 14th.
As you would expect online play will be limited to Gold Xbox Live
members. However Silver members will be able to play the beta(as well as Halo 3
and Halo 3: ODST
) online for free from 9 a.m. PDT on May 14th through 9 a.m. PDT on May 17th.
All players who finish a full game in the beta will be able to claim free hoodies for their Avatars by going to the Halo Waypoint
area of Xbox Live
and looking at their career stats.
Hosted by actress Aisha Tyler, Microsoft will host a video walk-through for the beta. Like the beta, that clip will be accessible through the Halo 3: ODST
has produced a guide for anyone who is worried about how to access the beta: http://www.bungie.net/projects/reach/article.aspx?ucc=faq