Halo: Reach trailer appears with jetpacks; beta date confirmed

Early this morning, many sites reported a leaked video from GNN of what appeared to be a trailer for the upcoming prequel to the Halo series, titled "Reach." At 5 AM PST, Bungie posted the same video on their site, confirming its authenticity. The video showcases Reach's multiplayer mode and some exciting new functionality.

The most notable inclusion in Reach is the ability to use jetpacks, which may flood old school gamers with memories of Tribes. Other new features include:

  • Assassination kills
  • Invasion mode
  • Hunter mode
  • Loadouts

According to Bungie, the multiplayer beta is set to hit Xbox LIVE on May 3rd. Owners of Halo 3: ODST who have an Xbox LIVE Gold Account will be able to gain access to it when it's made available. Reach will be the sixth installment in the Halo series. It will also be the last of the Halo games to be developed by Bungie. Future games in the series will be made by Microsoft subsidiary, 343 Industries. Reach is expected to be released sometime in Fall 2010.

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