Bungie: 3 million people expected to play Reach beta

Wednesday, 21st April 2010 12:17 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Bungie community manager Brian Jarrard has said the studio expects at least 3 million people to play the Halo: Reach beta when it kicks off in a week-and-a-half from now.

“My expectation is it could be upwards of 3 million people,” Jarrard told The Seattle Times in an interview. “I think that’s a fairly conservative estimate. Certainly there will never be a console beta of this magnitude.”

Multiplayer design lead Chris Carney added in the interview that the game’s near enough done.

“It’s pretty close to done,” he said. “We still absolutely will tweak things after the beta, based on all [stat] information.”

Halo: Reach is due for release in fall, with the multiplayer beta set to launch on May 3 on Xbox Live.

Expect a hands-on report of the beta from an event in London this week to go live at 2pm today.



  1. Blerk

    That’s a hell of a beta!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. pleasant_cabbage

    How long is it open for?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gheritt White

    Not me – I’ve no interest in the MP mode apart from for local co-op and couch versus.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Who usually wins, you or the couch?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. mington

    I bet you play strip oddball

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Gheritt White

    Depends – it’s like that old saying: sometimes you frag the couch, and sometimes the couch frags you.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. DJ Deathstar

    @2 I think in the GTTV special they said around the same time as the Halo 3 Beta which lasted like 3 weeks i think, i wouldn’t be suprised if it maybe ran 4 weeks at most

    #7 5 years ago
  8. mington

    Ah the halo 3 beta, sitting staring at my crackdown menu screen for hours

    bad times

    you guys just hope the reach beta comes online when they say it will

    are they doing pre-downloads for this, or would that be too sensible?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. pleasant_cabbage

    /ponders re-acquiring ODST
    /thinks the better of it

    #9 5 years ago
  10. DJ Deathstar


    Nah i don’t think they are gonna be sensible and do pre downloads or at least they haven’t mentioned it. Instead there will be like a million people trying to download as soon as its open on the 3rd, can’t see it being a small file size either lol

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    I think more people will experience Reach beta. There are more then 4 million ODST copies sold.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. mojo

    anyone else thinks the Reach Logo looks almost like Lost Plaent 2 logo?!

    #12 5 years ago
  13. DJ Deathstar

    Yeah they are pretty similar actually lol, for some reason the Reach pic always makes me think of The Dig! Dunno why though!

    #13 5 years ago
  14. mington

    Reach, a poor mans Lost planet 2 /runs for cover

    #14 5 years ago
  15. mojo

    14: let alone the Logo.

    normaly in these pictures u see the planet from above – thats conservative
    if ur cool, u show the planet above the spectator – Reach
    if ur THE_FKING_MAN ur show it from down and the side! LP2

    its just like with basecaps..
    normal kids have the brim at the front.
    cool kids have it at the back.
    and the real cool ones (read: douchbags) have it at the back and at the side!!

    #15 5 years ago

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