With current killer app Gears of War not even out worldwide yet, Microsoft is paying its studios well to keep attention going their way this month it seems. Possibly stealing quite some thunder from their competitor’s new console releases, Bungie has announced an open beta for Halo 3 this spring, and 360-exclusive downloadable content for its ever popular predecessor Halo 2.
Select Xbox Live, game away…
Celebrating the Halo franchise’s 5th birthday, TeamXbox got the exclusive until a mere few minutes ago on the press release:
On the fifth anniversary of the release of the landmark XboxÂ® video game â€śHaloÂ®,â€ť Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios today celebrated the milestone by announcing an exclusive hands-on experience with â€śHalo 3,â€ť one of the industryâ€™s most anticipated sequels. The Xbox LiveÂ® multiplayer public beta, which is a pre-release version of the multiplayer experience of â€śHalo 3,â€ť is scheduled for availability in spring 2007 exclusively on the Xbox 360â„˘ video game and entertainment system.
In addition, Microsoft and Bungie confirmed today that consumers will be able to experience the â€śHaloâ€ť universe this holiday season through a one-time airing of a stirring, 60-second â€śHalo 3â€ť teaser ad. And finally it was announced that the new, premium downloadable content for â€śHalo 2,â€ť exclusive to Xbox 360, is scheduled for release in spring 2007.
The Halo 3 teaser will be broadcast on December 4, one time only, on ESPNâ€™s â€śMonday Night Football.â€ť The following exclusive new screenshot was also released:
Halo fans in the world rejoice, and keep honing those Halo 2 skills for this public beta, no payment mentioned thank god but who knows what might happen. Now open your bets on whether the start of this beta will by any chance coincide with the European release of a certain other console.