Microsoft announces "free LIVE weekend" for Halo: Reach owners

Tomorrow sees the year’s most anticipated game released, Halo: Reach; it is naturally being accompanied by a very large marketing campaign. Halo: Reach is exclusive to the Xbox and, as with other Xbox 360 titles, if gamers want to play online then they need to have an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription.

However, this weekend Microsoft will be allowing all owners of Halo: Reach, even if they are only Xbox LIVE Silver subscribers, access to the multiplayer gaming content. The company has said that “from 17-19 September, everyone can enjoy the online multiplayer modes as [they] unlock all the benefits of Xbox LIVE Gold for [their] Silver subscribers”.

It is assumed that many people who buy Halo: Reach over the next few days will already be Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers, but this “free LIVE weekend” might encourage Silver subscribers to also purchase the game this week. This could could help increase sales of both the Halo game and Xbox LIVE subscriptions.

Multiplayer gaming on Halo: Reach will allow co-op missions for 4 friends or the ability for 8 players to battle against one another. This weekend will also see some organized multiplayer events such as allowing people to battle against the developers of the game.

Microsoft also said anyone who wishes to buy an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription will be able to buy a specially branded Halo: Reach membership card which provides access to the gaming service for 12 months plus 2 bonus months.

With an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription, more than just multiplayer gaming is available. You can access Twitter and Facebook, watch live TV (various services are used depending on what country one lives in) and watch a lot of films, TV shows and music from various service providers. Later this year, Microsoft will be expanding the Zune integration on the Xbox 360 with access to millions of songs and instant HD movie streaming.

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is MS is smart which they rarely are is either offer a free upgrade for silver subscribers and pay only 10% of the total cost after 6 months for one year then have them pay the normal fee like all gold users do or reduce the price for a qualifying silver subscribers to a gold subscribtion by 75% of the total price for the first year then pay the normal fee after 1 year. that sounds very fair to me. ms can afford to loose a bit of revenue in exchange for more customers who will make up the difference after awhile.

FoxieFoxie said,
Can someone explain to me, why Halo is so popular? I tried first part on PC and it was awful.

The game on PC IS awfull. And the game was made in 2000-2001. And badly ported years later. I'm not a big fan of FPS on console, but this one is good. Starting with Halo 3.

so, it's <insert retail price here> for the game /and/ 4 days on Xbox Live

i've never met a Halo player that isn't an XBL Gold member

I got this game 3 days ago, but I decided to wait till release because I'd find it unfair if I played it early while others who have to wait...................................................................................

I don't have a console and I do all of my gaming on a PC, but after seeing Reach on an XBOX at a Microsoft store I found myself wishing that I had one. It's the controllers for consoles that ruin it for me; a mouse is so much more controllable.

This game looked and played beautifully.

KavazovAngel said,
No, its not the most anticipated game release of the year.

Lets wait for the sales figures to roll in unless you have proof of your claim?

brent3000 said,

Lets wait for the sales figures to roll in unless you have proof of your claim?

The same can be said for the other way around.

I've never been a fan of the Halo franchise but if that's your thing, cool cool. I'm definitely looking forward to Black Ops though. NHL 11 for now though.

KavazovAngel said,
No, its not the most anticipated game release of the year.

Really? Maybe not for you, but watch it outsell every other game thats an exclusive. Or even multiplats on the one system.

Vandalsquad said,

Really? Maybe not for you, but watch it outsell every other game thats an exclusive. Or even multiplats on the one system.


MW2 sold more than Halo3 on the 360, and Halo3 was out 2 years longer, while console sales would affect such a number on release, as said, no point gloating about most anticipated titles till we have numbers for both in a similar time frame.

shakey said,
That's cool of them to do. Baiting the hook and giving a taste is the best way to draw people in.

Yeah makes a lot of sense especially since Halo is like their most popular title.

As you said many who buy it will be gold subscribers....
And also there is a card with a code for 2 free days included in the box so the basically had lready give this to everyone ^^ But nice of theme anyway

Leonick said,
As you said many who buy it will be gold subscribers....
And also there is a card with a code for 2 free days included in the box so the basically had lready give this to everyone ^^ But nice of theme anyway

You know you can use the 2 free day xbox live card after 19. So that makes it 4 free days of xbox live.

I am a gold member anyway, I'll be giving away live code here on neowin if anyone is interested (Once I get my game tommorow).