X10 News: Halo Reach Beta Dated

February 11, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Xbox

To get in on the beta for Halo Reach you will need a copy of Halo 3: ODST

Fresh from the X10 event in San Francisco, Bungie and Microsoft have unveiled the date for the much anticipated Halo Reach Beta.

Owners of Halo 3: ODST will be able to get their hands on the Reach Beta starting May 3rd 2010, providing that they still have the disc. Players will be able to access the beta through the ODST menu. Bungie have also released the cover art as well as minor details on the first map: “Powerhouse”. Expect more details to surface in the next few days. In the mean time, here’s a post on Bungie.net with more details: Bungie.

Also from the X10 event, Microsoft has announced release dates for Alan Wake (finally), Splinter Cell Conviction (again, finally), Lost Planet 2 and Dead Rising 2. The first 3 will all be out by May, with Dead Rising set for an August release. They also announced some Xbox Live Arcade releases including Perfect Dark, and confirmed that Fable III will be out this holiday season.

I’m sure you’ll hear more from us if any more big news comes out of there (Natal anyone?).

Firefight could be in Halo: Reach

September 7, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, Xbox

Sergeant Johnson

Bungie’s community lead Brian Jarrard has hinted that Firefight, the new co-operative gameplay mode in Halo 3: ODST, could be used in future games. Speaking to representatives from gaming site Eurogamer, he said:

“I can’t talk too much about Reach specifics, but hopefully the game mode’s going to be received as well we think it will be, and people are going to enjoy it. I don’t think we’ve ever been known to really take things away from each successive release, so I think it’s safe to say that if Firefight gets a lot of traction and people love it, it probably has a good future home in our next title as well.”

He did however confirm that it would not be added to Halo competitive multiplayer.

Prepare to Drop – BRless

September 7, 2009 by Dan Skitt  
Filed under News, Xbox

All Hail King Connor!
It’s no secret we’ll be fighting off countless Covvies without our beloved Battle Rifle, maybe it’s not all bad.
Connor, or now King Connor from this day forth actually gave the Bungie Dev’s the question that’s been on the tip of everyone’s tongue, everyone as in mine, and maybe yours.

Exactly why was the glorious Battle Rifle taken out of Halo: ODST. Well, it will all be explained at this link here.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, Halo: ODST is set to release this 22nd September, that’s right, this September. Prepare to drop.

And if you’ve been living under a rock all this time, how are you reading this?

Bungie Employee With Halo Weapon Causes Massive Police Search

September 4, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, PC, Xbox

Kirkland Police search Bungie Studios/American actor Nathan Fillion tries out a replica Sniper Rifle

Kirkland Police search Bungie Studios/American actor Nathan Fillion tries out a replica Sniper Rifle

Anyone who had their eyes glued to Bungie webcams on Wednesday were given the treat of witnessing Kirkland (USA) Police Department giving a bit of an earful to some Bungie employees.

In the latest Bungie Weekly Update, it was mentioned that when a Bungie employee decided to go for a stroll down a nearby road wielding an SRS99D-S2 AM replica (the Sniper Rifle from Halo 3 for those of you who aren’t obsessive Halo nuts) a local resident alerted the authorities claiming that there was an armed lunatic roaming the streets.

KPD then proceeded to swarm the nearby streets searching nearby buildings trying to locate this armed madman. When they arrived at Bungie Studios, it is safe to say that they were not too pleased with the famous Halo developers.

A bit of a blunder for those Bungie employees who probably didn’t realise that not everybody can distinguish between a real rifle and one from a popular first-person shooter…