Now that the beta for Halo: Reach has ended, the game has been stamped with a release date. The first Halo title that is not a first-party Xbox game, will be available September 14.
The Halo development studio, Bungie, is no longer owned by Microsoft. However, Halo: Reach will still be an Xbox 360 exclusive. Microsoft does still retain the rights to the Halo franchise.
Despite that internal turmoil, the Halo: Reach beta was a success. More than 2.7 million people participated in the online preview build of the game, logging in a combined total of 16+ million hours.
Bungie community director Brian Jarrard said the beta turnout "exceeded our expectations." He added, "Our only real perspective going into this was the Halo 3 beta test, which had about 800,000 people. We knew there were a couple million copies of ODST out there, but we really didn't have any specific information that let us know what the population might be like."
As per usual with Halo titles, when Reach hits the store shelves, you'll have a few different SKUs to choose from, including a $150 "Legendary Edition."
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