Microsoft and Bungie Studios have confirmed that the multiplayer beta of Halo 3 will debut via Xbox Live on May 16 at 5 a.m. PDT and run through June 6 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
Gamers who participate in the beta will utilize three action-oriented maps: Snowbound, High Ground, and Valhalla. Each map will test a gamer’s skills as they fight with deadly weapons like the new and improved Assault Rifle, the ferocious Brute Spiker, the devastating Spartan Laser, and the treacherous new Spike Grenades.
Gamers who did not participate in the Rule of Three promotion but still want to join the beta can do so by purchasing a special version of Crackdown marked with a Halo 3 beta sticker.
“Halo:Combat Evolved and Halo 2 changed the face of console gaming forever,” stated Shane Kim, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios. “Gamers from around the world have logged more than 800 million hours on Xbox Live playing Halo 2, and years after its launch it remains the No. 1 titles on our Xbox Live network. Bringing an early look at the multiplayer elements of Halo 3 to our passionate fan base is tremendously exciting for us.”