Halo: Reach PR stunt sees Spartan jetpack in Trafalgar Square

Monday, 13th September 2010 12:14 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Seriously. The guy flies.

To celebrate the imminent launch of Halo: Reach, Microsoft dressed a man up as a Spartan and got him to fly around London’s Trafalgar Square with a jetpack.

This is a statement of fact. You can see it in the HD video below.

Brit Xbox boss Steve McGill looks a little taken aback by the whole affair, saying the stunt was “loud” and “fun”.

Reach reviews went live yesterday and the verdict on Bungie’s last Halo title’s unanimous: it’s good.

Look. You’ll be able to buy the shooter from midnight tonight.



  1. Callum

    Hurray. Mine is here…am I allowed to play this thing or what?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Tonka

    That is seriously cool. As in for real. That is cool.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Who do I have to kill to get a go on a real jetpack, then? :-)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Aimless

    Yourself in an unfortunate jetpacking incident.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen


    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    That’s… probably true. :-|

    #6 4 years ago
  7. AHA-Lambda

    so is this where all the marketing money went? :P

    #7 4 years ago
  8. A4-F8

    that’s incredible

    #8 4 years ago
  9. naffgeek

    haha that was cool but he did look a tiny bit embarrased after he landed, I would have thought they would have done this at midnight but maybe darkness makes it a bit too suicidal.

    My copy has just arrived and I work from home…can feel a power cut coming on.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Happy Hardon Harry

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a fucking flying MS PR guy. Shoot him!

    #10 4 years ago
  11. JimFear666

    im not impressed…
    This stunt sucks!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    5 seconds of flying must be too much for the Microsoft wallet.

    MS PR guy: “That was incredible!!11 That was so LOUD!11 ……, flying around Trafalgar square and landing between the two spartans. Incredible, amazing!!111 This was a great opportunity, great photo moment, great fun, as exactly is what Halo:Reach is all about. I think people will going to like it when they are going to get it tonight!”

    So 5 second of flying is what Reach is about?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Kerplunk

    I wonder what the MPG ratio is on that thing.

    Also, that clip reminded me of the GTA San Andreas mission where you steal the jetpack from the military base. Jetpacks rock!

    PS: I am not posting comments too quickly and I will not slow down!

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Quiiick

    A free jetpack is included with every copy of “Halo Preach – Limited Edition”. Amen.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    Single player stuff is fine to play now. Not so sure about MP – it looked like it was completely disabled when I had a quick go at lunchtime.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Crysis

    some of you are underestimating how much money & effort goes into that jetpack, granted it’s unessecary, but nevertheless, still amazing, i long for the day when we can all travel like that.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DrDamn


    #17 4 years ago
  18. Freek

    You’ll never be able to fly with that jetpack. It only has a feul capacity for about 20 seconds of flight. That’s why you never see it do more then that, it simnply can’t.
    Been around for a while too, an earlier version was in a James Bond movie.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. zoopdeloop

    extravagant and cheesy…Microsoft’s PR and marketing department is on a roll lately(not in a good way) :)

    #19 4 years ago
  20. DaMan

    that was awesome really.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Crysis

    We will never have Jetpacks shaped like that commercially available for a number of reasons(mainly limitations on fuel capacities on a device that small), Killzone’s kind of jetpacks seem more realistic, but we’re probably 30 years away from it becoming commercially available.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Patrick Garratt

    I’d always preferred the idea of the incredibly safe-looking Skycar, personally –

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Aimless

    People are bad enough at driving regular cars. I can’t say the prospect of putting those same drivers in something that could potentially fall on my house has me brimming with enthusiasm.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Do MS only employ fat chavs these days ? Have a shave and eat less cakes ffs !

    I guess it’s probably a deliberate ploy to make their customers identify more with the company ;)

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Freek

    You woulden’t fly the Moller sky car yourself, it would work via autopilot and predefined air highways. You’d select a route and off it goes.
    Asuming ofcourse it ever makes it beyond the prototype stage.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Gekidami

    Is this actually real?!

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Yoshi

    Disappointing how short that was, nice to see they did it in London though :)

    #27 4 years ago
  28. LOLshock94


    #28 4 years ago
  29. itsucks

    H aha the butthurt Sonybots are all butthurt because Phony can’t use this now on Laggzone3 for the pieceofshit3. They couldn’t aford it, for the 100 copies that bomba game sold, also.


    #29 4 years ago

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