Microsoft made an announcement this morning that the Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta will debut on Xbox Live May 16th and will run through June 6th. This is a big moment for any Halo fan, and here is what Bungie says the Beta will include:

  • The Beta itself consists of three maps – Valhalla, High Ground and Snowbound – graphically improved since our first MP screenshots – and all three will be playable in Matchmaking only (that is after all, what we’re Beta testing here). All three maps are suitable for a wide variety of gameplay types, and you will have the chance to try all manner of game types, familiar and new.
  • There are a number of new features you’ll get to test out – including a new grenade type, a completely different class of weapon and some of the enhanced online functionality we plan to bring to the game – but it should be noted, a lot of secret features are hidden in this Beta. We’re keeping a lot of our powder dry for Fall. In May, when your firing the Spiker, sniping vehicles with the Spartan Laser and sticking fools with the Brute Spike grenade, remember that it’s just a peek-a-boo fraction of what’s to come.
  • There will also be new guns, vehicles and gameplay features to try – including the mysterious “X-Button” functionality. But you don’t have to wait to find out what that is, since you can now view part of its functionality in our latest Vidoc, “Is Quisnam Protero Damno!” a long look at the making of Halo 3’s Multiplayer game.

If that isn’t enough info to grab your attention, then maybe this 7–minute video on the making of Halo 3 will strike your interest:

There is a lot of interesting stuff that they demonstrate in the video, such as the “Man Cannon” which replaces the teleportation devices from Halo 1 and 2. At first I thought it would be a little weird, but I was sold when they showed a person shooting someone else coming out of the Man Cannon (check it out about 3 minutes and 35 seconds into the video).

It’s going to be tough to make it better than Halo 1 and 2, but I think they are definitely on the right track!

Source: Kotaku