Halo 3 beta release date is May 16 until June 6 2007. Multiplayer video documentary shows the multiplayer maps: Snowbound, High Ground and Valhalla

10 April 2007
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Halo 3 Collectors EditionMicrosoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios today confirmed the multiplayer beta of Halo 3 will debut to audiences worldwide via Xbox Live on May 16 at 5AM PDT and run through June 6 at 11:59PM PDT. Coming exclusively to the Xbox 360 console this fall, Halo 3 is the highly anticipated third chapter in the groundbreaking Halo trilogy from legendary developers Bungie. Halo 3 lets gamers experience Master Chief’s greatest battle as he launches an epic mission to stop the Covenant, destroy the impending Flood threat and ultimately save mankind.

Via Xbox Live, which more than 6 million gamers worldwide currently use, the multiplayer beta for Halo 3 will give anxious Xbox 360 gamers their first opportunity to get their hands on the new levels, weapons, vehicles and game types, as well as a chance to provide valuable data that Bungie will use in continued development. Starting May 16, gamers who secured their admission to the multiplayer beta either through the Rule of Three promotion or by purchasing a specially marked copy of Crackdown for Xbox 360 will be able to don their Spartan armor, download the beta on Xbox Live, and jump online using their Xbox Live Gold account to battle other gamers from around the world.

Let’s take a look at the new Halo 3 multiplayer video documentary titled “Is Quisnam Protero Damno!” In which you get a glimpse at how the Halo 3 multiplayer maps are being designed, built and architected, and how these spaces are converted into fun places in which to play. Gamers can also catch the first-ever glimpse of brand-new Halo 3 multiplayer levels in their early stages of construction…

When gamers gather online to play the multiplayer beta via Xbox Live in May, they will be treated to three richly detailed, action-oriented maps: Snowbound, High Ground and Valhalla, which represent a mixture of large- and medium-scale combat environments and are brand-new to Halo 3. Each map will test gamers’ mettle as they are placed behind the controls of new Halo 3 vehicles such as the agile Mongoose all-terrain vehicle, and armed with deadly weapons such as the new and improved Assault Rifle, the ferocious Brute Spiker, the devastating Spartan Laser and the treacherous new Spike Grenades. This is just a taste of what gamers will experience later this fall when Halo 3 goes on sale.

“Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 changed the face of console gaming forever,” said Shane Kim, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios. “Gamers from around the world have logged more than 800 million hours on Xbox Live playing Halo 2, and years after its launch it remains the Number 1 title on our Xbox Live network. Bringing an early look at the multiplayer elements of Halo 3 to our passionate fan base is tremendously exciting for us.”

Wow, in the above Bungie video the Bubble Shield and Trip Mine weapons look awesome! That video save / replay feature looks sweet too.

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