The unveiling of the Halo 3
launch date comes on the eve of the release of the Halo 3
multiplayer beta, which will debut to audiences worldwide via Xbox LIVE on May 16 at 5 a.m. PDT and run through June 6 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.* The Halo 3
multiplayer beta will provide audiences worldwide with an exclusive early look at some of the multiplayer elements of Halo 3
on Xbox LIVE. Gamers who are interested in experiencing the multiplayer beta of Halo 3
can still participate through the purchase of the critically acclaimed, Xbox 360-exclusive title Crackdown
, which was launched in February. Starting May 16, the specially marked copies of Crackdown
will act as a key for gamers to participate in the Halo 3
multiplayer beta. In addition to giving gamers their first opportunity to get their hands on the new levels, weapons, vehicles and game types, the multiplayer beta will also provide valuable data that Bungie will use in continued development.
The Halo franchise has expanded beyond video games into The New York Times' best-selling books, graphic novels, collectible merchandise and now a new, special edition Zune digital media player. Encased in collectible packaging, the Zune-Halo 3 edition digital media player comes pre-loaded with artwork, trailers and music from all three Halo games, as well as an exclusive new episode of "Red vs. Blue" from the fan-adored machinima creator Rooster Teeth Productions LLC. The Zune-Halo 3 edition (estimated retail price $249) will be available exclusively at GameStop starting June 15.