Halo 3 Public Beta – Release Date


Apparently Xbox and Bungie will be releasing a beta version of Halo 3 in February 2007. You can either get a copy of the beta by being one of the first 13,333 players who complete all of the requirements (listed below) or, you can take the simple way out and purchase a copy of Crackdown (www.xbox.com/en-US/games/c/crackdown/default.htm) In my opinion expert opinion, this looks like a huge stunt on the part of Microsoft and/or Bungie to sell copies of a horrible game, that would otherwise remain on the shelf for months. I’m just going to burn a copy of the Halo 3 Beta when it becomes available! 😉

For those of you who are interested in learing how to be one of the lucky 13,333 who can earn a free copy of the Halo 3 Beta, read below.

The following text was taken from www.halo3.com:

The Xbox Live multiplayer public beta, which is a pre-release version of the multiplayer experience of Halo 3, is scheduled for availability in spring 2007 exclusively on Xbox 360. This beta also represents an opportunity for gamers to give information that will help in the development of Halo 3. Through the resulting feedback, Bungie Studios will be able to further refine and hone the end result of the game.

Phase one registration is now closed. If you have been selected to participate, congratulations and stay tuned for an email notification on the week of January 22-26, 2007.

For those of you that didn’t make it in – fret not as this phase one was just the first of three ways to secure an invite to participate in the development of Halo 3. The next two paths of entry are the following:
– Qualifying over Xbox Live via the “Rule of Three” program in early February
– Purchasing marked packages of the upcoming game Crackdown™, which hits store shelves in the U.S. on Feb. 20

Details of both of these programs are provided below.

Rule of Three Program
The “Rule of Three” program is currently planned for gamers (17 years and older) in the 50 United States (includes District of Columbia) and Canada who have access to an Xbox 360 Pro console or an Xbox 360 Core console with hard drive, a valid Xbox Live Gold subscription and the Halo 2 game.

It is a two-step process:
1. Participate in at least three hours of Halo 2 multiplayer sessions on your Xbox 360 console via Xbox Live during the three (3) day period beginning February 1st at 12:01 am EST and ending February 3rd at 11:59 pm EST.
2. After the three day window is over, head back over to www.halo3.com on February 5th and register.

If you are one of the FIRST 13,333 to do this (and meet the above requirements) you will receive an invite notification in February to participate in the Halo 3 Beta.

Please note that if you registered to participate in the Halo 3 Beta during Phase One and were not selected, that does not preclude you from registering again for during Phase 2.

Crackdown
When Crackdown hits store shelves (Feb 20 – North America, Feb 22 – Asian territories, Feb 24 – European markets), and you still haven’t secured a place in the Halo 3 multiplayer public beta you can still get in via specially marked boxes of Crackdown. These boxes of Crackdown include an invite to participate in the coveted Halo 3 multiplayer beta program when it becomes available. When the Halo 3 multiplayer beta surfaces in spring 2007, those owners of Crackdown that have access to an Xbox 360 Pro console or an Xbox 360 Core console with hard drive and a valid Xbox Live Gold subscription simply need to load their copy of Crackdown into Xbox 360 and use the disc as a key to download the beta from Xbox Live Marketplace and join the battle in Halo 3 multiplayer.

Hopefully this information provides some additional clarity. See you online!

*Limit one registration / Halo 3 beta invite per person and Xbox Live gamertag. Your invitation is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The Halo 3 beta is available in English only.

6 thoughts on “Halo 3 Public Beta – Release Date”

  1. I agree, I think it is going to be virtually impossible to get the beta copy by the “Rule of 3” – first 13,333??? There are going to be at least a half a million loser college kids taking 3 days off of school in order to qualify.

    Why bother?

  2. you missed a bit, the bit about the compettitions dotted around XBC’s everywhere but they’re all don now.

  3. First of all, “Master Cheif” if you spent less time moaning like a drunken Japanese school girl, you might of actually stood a chance of registering on time like me. And secondly even if I didnt get in from “rule 2” I’d buy crackdown anyway. And this is for the moron who said this, and i quote “In my opinion expert opinion, this looks like a huge stunt on the part of Microsoft and/or Bungie to sell copies of a horrible game, that would otherwise remain on the shelf for months.” Take your two feet out of your mouth so you have something to stand on, and then go download the demo of crackdown. And then tell me in your “expert opinion” that crackdown is looking to be a horrible game. You probably didnt even hear about it at E3, to busy choking on Sony’s dick.

  4. FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT PEOPLE TAKE THIS WAY WAY TO SIRIOUSLY IE…. EX. WHAT A DICK!!. BUT I DIGRESS TO SAY THAT I THINK CRACKDOWN IS A VERY GOOD GAME IN ITS OWN RIGHT. LET ALONE THAT IT COMES WITH AN OPPERTUNITY TO PLAY THE COVETED HALO 3 MULTIPLAYER BETA. ANYONE WHO HAS PLAYED THE GAME WILL PROBOBLY AGREE THAT IT DOES HAVE SOME FLAWS BUT OVER ALL IS A VERY COOL GAME.

    ROCK OUT WITH UR COCK OUT

  5. OK first off your “expert” opinion… LOL is totally fucking wrong. like someone else said you fucking sony fanboy.. the game is totally kick ass and blows GTA out of the water along with many other open world games with that kind of gameplay.. the game is fairly short but one of the most addicting games iv bought yet..

    expert opinion… LOL your probably some retard who has a PS2 and 4 games… just shut up now loser… please your making your self look like a fool.. and like the other guy said.. maybe you should have watched E3 before you had an expert opinion

  6. Kudos goes to Ex and “Crackdown… Bad? NOT!!!”

    i.nconspicuo.us, you come across to me as one of those poor, poor people, who can just about afford the core version of the console and as a result of that just spends their time playing Hexic HD. You obviously have no idea what so ever about gaming or anything else for that matter. Your bitching and whining because your mum wont take you to the store to buy crackdown because she spent her last $60.

    If your gonna say that a game is “horrible” why not play it first then make your opinion? Crackdown is a kickass game, i’ll admit that it is short (I only bought it today and im already near the end of the secodn island after only playing for a few hours) but its the most fun ive ever had on an open world game.

    Please spare us from any more of your sh*t posts and go back to sucking your duelshock 2.

    “Master cheif” You hardly need to take 3 days out of anything to play a game for 3 hours. “Loser college kids” You call them losers because they want to play a game? So what does that make you? You’re crying because you dont want to miss out on a halo 3 spot? Under you’re definitions that would make you a loser?

    Its people like you that piss me off. Go sell you’re 360’s (if you really own them) and go play some runescape in my opinion.

    – bluNt

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