Halo 3 beta extended to June 10 because of Crackdown flaw

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. D'oh.

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?

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