This special edition of Trailer-Gasm! brings you the latest developer video from the fine fellows over at Bungie, the developers of the huge Halo series. They first rose to prominence in 2001 when they created the most exciting new first person shooter since Goldeneye on the N64 in Halo: Combat Evolved.
After redefining the First Person shooter genre with the original Halo, Bungie then created an unrivalled multiplayer experience (at that time) with the sequel Halo 2. This remained the most played online game on Xbox Live until Gears of War knocked it off its pedestal two years later. Halo 2’s multiplayer was so popular that it still had a strong following up until the recent decision by Microsoft to turn off the online functionality of original Xbox games and consoles. So popular in fact, that a small group of dedicated fans have (at the time of this posting) remained logged into Halo 2 two weeks after the proposed ‘switch off’ date, making them the last online users of the service. They have refused to leave or switch off their consoles until Bungie or Microsoft kick them off the service.
By the time Halo 3 was nearing release, many would argue that the multiplayer aspect of the product had become the most attractive element to fans and so many jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek when a Multiplayer Beta was released, attached to Crackdown (many attributed Crackdown’s success – perhaps unfairly – to its bundled Halo 3 content). After the success of the Beta and the acclaim Halo 3’s multiplayer campaign garnered, it came as no surprise to find that Bungie were planning to incorporate a multiplayer beta for Halo Reach with the Halo 3 sequel Halo ODST.
Which brings us right up to date. As many 360 users will have been notified by Microsoft in the past week, Monday 3rd May sees the launch of the Halo Reach Multiplayer Beta. Trailer-Gasm! has got its hands on a video introducing all the new and exciting features you can expect this week. Look out for the hands on review coming up this week as well.
So until next week, enjoy your extra special Trailer-Gasm! Halo Reach.