Bungie's last game in the Halo series , Halo: Reach, is due to hit shelves worldwide on September 14, 2010. The announcement from Bungie boasts the more than 2.7 million participants in the recent multiplayer beta for the game. Japan is set to see the release of the game on September 15.
Corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios had some bold words describing the highly anticipated game for the Xbox 360. "Halo: Reach will push the boundaries for what's possible in video games and help make 2010 the biggest year in Xbox history."
The game follows a squad of Spartan soldiers known as the "Noble Team" as they make their final stand on the planet Reach in humanity's last stand before the Covenant approach Earth.
Halo: Reach will be available to customers in three editions with the standard edition having an estimated retail price of $59.99 (U.S.). The limited and legendary prices will be $79.99 and $149.99, and both copies will come with extras such as an exclusive in-game Spartan Recon Helmet available to players on release. The legendary edition will feature a 10" tall, hand-painted and individually molded Noble Team statue as previously reported.
In just over a two week period the multiplayer beta on Xbox LIVE managed to record over 16 million hours of online gameplay in 13 million online games. These figures helped make the beta the largest console video game beta test on record, over three times the size of the Halo 3 beta.