Finally, after months of anticipation, the Halo 3 multiplayer beta is here.
Everyone that is participating in the beta seems to be happy, but all was not
beer and skittles the morning of May 16, as those who had paid good money for Crackdown (which is a great game by
itself) found themselves unable to download the Halo 3 beta.
There were three ways to get into
the Halo 3 beta. Those who were
lucky enough to be selected by Bungie and Microsoft for the beta received a
code, which would be used to enable the download for Halo 3 beta. Those people were first into the beta, as the codes
started working during the early morning hours of Wednesday.
Those without a special invite could buy their way into the
beta by picking up a specially marked copy of Crackdown. Supposedly, Crackdown
owners would be able to start downloading the Halo 3 beta starting 5 a.m. PDT/7
a.m. EDT – but that never happened.
When it was time, countless numbers of Crackdown owners – me
being one of them – sat at their downloadable content screens constantly
refreshing, waiting for that “Download Halo 3 beta” link to come to life. Hours
pass and far too many refreshes later, still no sign of Halo 3.
Understandably, all owners of Crackdown were pissed. A forum
thread on NeoGAF practically
exploded, accumulating over 3600 posts, with users expressing their grief over
the delay. Some had even called in sick to take the day off just for the beta.
Finally, almost 14 hours later, an update appeared for
Crackdown which would fix all issues with the downloader – and 911.18 MB later,
the Halo 3 beta is finally here. For the pain and suffering caused by the
delay, the beta will be extended by four more days.
“We realize this has been a pain for many and an
inconvenience at the very least. Given the circumstances, we've decided to
extend the duration of the Halo 3 Beta from June 6th to June 10th at 11:59 PM
PDT. So, you lost almost a full day of
play today but to make up for it we're tacking on four more days (and a weekend
at that),” Bungie wrote on its website. “We apologize for the delay and
hardships this issue has caused and hope that it quickly becomes a distant
memory clouded by good times playing Halo 3 with your friends. Thank you all
for your patience and understanding. We'll see you online!”
So, for those of you who have spent some time with the
multiplayer beta, what do you think?