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Halo: Reach Gets Release Date; Millions Played The Beta

Yes, Halo: Reach will be released. Find out when!


Dude, roll! Roll!
The Halo: Reach beta was kind of a big deal. According to Microsoft, just about 2.7 million dudes logged onto the Internet and gave Bungie's latest online FPS test a spin, collectively racking up over 1,826 years of play time (16 million hours) over the mere two weeks the Halo: ODST-tied download was available. Those are impressive numbers, for sure -- but they're not as impressive as the amount of people who were, undoubtedly, gifted a diverse verbal bouquet of unflattering, yet spectacularly creative dirty names to use on others courtesy of the experience.   
 
Speaking of Reach, Microsoft and Bungie confirmed this lovely morning that Reach itself will hit in September as expected. The game's worldwide launch kicks off September 14th, with a Japanese release on the 15th. We've been told by an incredibly unreliable source that two dudes have already lined up in front of a GameStop in Alaska in preparation for its inevitable midnight launch party. They have chairs; they have sleeping bags; and oh yes, they have empty bottles. 
 
The Reach beta officially ended on May 20th, making a many sad panda out of the deep pool of beta testers. Considering the numbers, we're guessing that more than a few of you gave Reach a shot. If you somehow managed to missed it, we got your back: Brad and Drew gave Vinny a lesson on the maps, modes, and weapons that were available in the beta before it was thick with players.
 
  
   
 
You're ready for September, right?
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Posted by BradNicholson

Dude, roll! Roll!
The Halo: Reach beta was kind of a big deal. According to Microsoft, just about 2.7 million dudes logged onto the Internet and gave Bungie's latest online FPS test a spin, collectively racking up over 1,826 years of play time (16 million hours) over the mere two weeks the Halo: ODST-tied download was available. Those are impressive numbers, for sure -- but they're not as impressive as the amount of people who were, undoubtedly, gifted a diverse verbal bouquet of unflattering, yet spectacularly creative dirty names to use on others courtesy of the experience.   
 
Speaking of Reach, Microsoft and Bungie confirmed this lovely morning that Reach itself will hit in September as expected. The game's worldwide launch kicks off September 14th, with a Japanese release on the 15th. We've been told by an incredibly unreliable source that two dudes have already lined up in front of a GameStop in Alaska in preparation for its inevitable midnight launch party. They have chairs; they have sleeping bags; and oh yes, they have empty bottles. 
 
The Reach beta officially ended on May 20th, making a many sad panda out of the deep pool of beta testers. Considering the numbers, we're guessing that more than a few of you gave Reach a shot. If you somehow managed to missed it, we got your back: Brad and Drew gave Vinny a lesson on the maps, modes, and weapons that were available in the beta before it was thick with players.
 
  
   
 
You're ready for September, right?
Edited by plop1920

Oh man, lots of good looking FPS coming out this fall/ winter
Posted by poser

no

Posted by Afroman269

Two people lined up already? Idiots.......

Posted by poser

what?

Posted by Rowr

meh, think i'm done with halo multi for the most part. Played the beta, seemed fine but feels a bit "modern warfare lite" . I'll probably end up getting it though and giving it a few weeks.

Posted by AlwaysAngry

Brad Nicholson?

Posted by Milkman

I refuse to believe that people are lined up already. I refuse. YOU HEAR ME?!

Posted by JoelTGM

1826 years?  That can't be right. 

Posted by JellyFish_Gsus
@AlwaysAngry:  Hes a new guy, read the recent news article posted.
Posted by Sharpless

BOOM. The Nicholson cometh.

Posted by LiquidSwords

And MW 2 will still be on top.

Posted by Evilsbane

Awesome only 4 months cannot wait to see how Bungie handles the single player.

Posted by NikotineXero

Hey Brad! What's your shoe size?!

Posted by WinterSnowblind
@LiquidSwords said:
" And MW 2 will still be on top. "
Are you talking about the amount of people playing?
Because Halo 3 will likely take over MW2 again very soon.
 
If you're talking about quality of the actual game?  Then yeah, Halo 3 is still better, let alone Reach.
Posted by Volkodlak

So... yeah, pretty much the same time a new Halo usually comes out? Those are some crazy numbers though. Anyway, congrats on the first story for GB Brad... BOOM!

Posted by zombie2011

I want this game so much.
 
Also good to see some new writers on here, seems like the sites expanding.

Posted by freecajunlove

I think I need to see video of Brad N. eating a giant gummy bear.

Edited by Belonpopo

WOW, way to bash Halo guys! Keep your unnecessary comments about the games community out of your articles. Truly pathetic.

Posted by Creamypies

Welcome other Brad!

Posted by Capum15

1,826 years of playtime collectively? Holy shit. I only contributed a few hours, but it was fun as heck, that it was.
 
Man, now I can't wait until September.

Posted by VicRattlehead

i like this new news poster person

Posted by MrWrighty987

BOOM! Not only can Brad Nicholson write up a good story he can also punch out god.

Posted by MisterMouse

Great News updates Nicholson!

Posted by immike

Wasn't a fan of the beta, so I probably won't be buying the game full price. 

Posted by EasyPeasey
@Capum15:  I would just like to say i enjoy that you said "shit" and then opted to say "heck" and not hell.
Posted by Capum15
@EasyPeasey said:
" @Capum15:  I would just like to say i enjoy that you said "shit" and then opted to say "heck" and not hell. "
Haha, I didn't even realize it.
Posted by Lambert

Meh. Killzone 3 was just announced.
 
And who the fuck is Brad Nicholson?
 
Halo is overrated trash. Why do you think Bungie split off from Microsoft?

Posted by MrCrushin

On my birthday, awesome!

Posted by TripMasterMunky

Am I the only one who doesn't really dig these new news posters?

Posted by bigcess

Brad Nicholson on Giant Bomb? HELLS YA!

Posted by ip007

The beta was super-fun, which means Multiplayer is going to be great. I have no doubts that the campaign will also be top notch. I cannot wait until September.

Posted by bigcess
@NikotineXero: What IS your shoe size Brad?
Posted by Kryptinite

Yo it's Braaaaaad Nicholson!

Posted by MeatSim

Two Brads? who's the good one and who's the evil one?

Edited by PapaLazarou

The gameplay just looks like a PC MP FPS from the 90s :\ Still don't get why people love Halo. 
 
Also it seems really floaty and annoying where melee is so overpowered. I mean melee should be a last resort but it just seems like it is the best thing to do in this game. Frigging the guns are so weak :\ Just stupid it is meant to be a shooter, not a beat em up. 
 
Counter Strike is still the best.

Posted by InfiniteGeass

GET HYPE!

Posted by dantheman1515

Awesome. I don't start college until the 18th, but I will be in the dorms so this could make for some epic lan games on my floor before I have to put the xbox away for the time being.

Posted by jos1ah

What's with these interns, or whoever they are, shitting all over an article to get attention. It's sickening and annoying. Just give the fucking factual news, toss in a decent, punchy joke, and move on.
Posted by SamitSarkar

Brad vs. Brad -- it must happen NOW!

Posted by Cube

I don't like your hair! Thanks for the news!

Posted by kariyanine

I'm glad this is coming in September and not later in the season.

Posted by Blueblur1

Odd. I figured they'd released it on the 21st as the past two Halo games landed on the 25th and 22nd. Meh.

Posted by Rawrz

The beta was a ton of fun so im totally excited for this. Though I thought it woulda been released a week later since 3 came out on the 25th and ODST came out on the 22nd so i figured Reach may release on the 21st but ill gladly take it on the 14th. Should be great.

Posted by teh_destroyer

1826 years?Holy shit...............

Posted by Fosssil
@Lambert said:
" Meh. Killzone 3 was just announced. Halo is overrated trash. Why do you think Bungie split off from Microsoft? "
Funny how you disparage the Halo series while simultaneously hyping up Killzone 3. Without the former, the latter wouldn't exist.
Posted by wefwefasdf
@Fosssil said:
" @Lambert said:
" Meh. Killzone 3 was just announced. Halo is overrated trash. Why do you think Bungie split off from Microsoft? "
Funny how you disparage the Halo series while simultaneously hyping up Killzone 3. Without the former, the latter wouldn't exist. "
Not to mention that utter crap the original Killzone was.
Posted by Stackboy

Excellent, smart to announce, pre-E3.

Posted by needforswede

God, give Halo a rest already.  I know people who still play Halo 3.  That's like...fucking sad, so many waaaay better games, and a lot of those games are way older than any Halo.  I don't get what the big deal is, it was fun for a while...then there was Call of Duty, now that's played out...FPSes need to fade into the shadows for a while.  Unless this game can give me blowjobs, then fuck it to hell.

Posted by Sykosis
@needforswede:  you are on the wrong web site if you're thinking about Blow jobs instead of Halo. No, wait. maybe you are on the right web site. keep hating away.
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