6 things you may have missed from the Halo: Reach trailer

So finally Bungie has let the SPARTAN-shaped cat out of the bag. Unlike the E3 trailer (which was just a dirty tease), the video shown at Saturday’s Video Game Awards gives us concrete details on the hugely anticipated Halo prequel. After you’ve watched the video below, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about one of 2010’s biggest games, including info on the series’ newest playable character and speculation on the game’s co-op mode.

You can play the beta next year

This is the one definitive fact to be gleamed from the trailer. Those who’ve bought Halo ODST will get the chance to participate in the game’s multiplayer beta. The game already has a Reach option built into the main menu, so players can simply click on this to activate the beta when it goes live. Just like the Halo 3 version which came with Crackdown nearly three years ago, we expect this to be out before Spring.

You control a SPARTAN

Did you miss Master Chief’s imposing frame, his ability to jump tens of feet in the air and those handy regenerating shields during ODST? Well good news, because it looks like you’ll definitely be controlling a SPARTAN super solider in Reach. You won’t be playing everyone’s favourite monosyllabic Covenant-killing machine, though. Instead, you’ll be shoved into the sizable shoes of a SPARTAN-II, as part of an elite six person squad, called Noble.

The silent solider you’ll undoubtedly control through most of the game is tentatively being called Noble Six at the moment. Other characters confirmed by the trailer include Kat-320 (the Russian-sounding woman with the bionic arm), Jorge-052 (the towering figure who sounds like he’s from South Africa) and Carter-259 (the apparent leader of the group).

It could be a squad-based shooter which supports 6 player co-op

This is educated guesswork, but considering the series’ past co-op elements, we expect Reach to support at least four player simultaneous play, if not six. Judging from what we’ve seen from the trailer, the emphasis seems to firmly be on teamwork, with Carter-259 telling Noble Six to: “leave that lone wolf stuff behind”. With several characters already sporting their own unique personalities and traits, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if the game ends up being a squad shooter. Although we suppose Reach could just use its different characters for flashback levels, like in ODST.

Expect to use the same weapons as the previous games

During the trailer you can see several weapons that have appeared in the old titles. Noble Six carries a weapon that looks distinctly like the iconic battle rifle on his back. A currently unnamed member of the squad holds a sniper rifle near the end of the trailer. And a shotgun, near identical in design to the one in the original trilogy, can be seen resting in one of the aircraft.

The Elites are the baddies again

Not that we didn’t love shooting oversized space gorillas in their stupid faces, but thank God the Elites are back to doing what they do best. Namely, being complete bastards. This piece of news isn’t exactly a revolution, though. After all, the game is a prequel to the Halo trilogy, set during the Battle of Reach when the Elites were very much at the heart of the Covenant, as their exterrestrial bible-bashing cult waged war on mankind.

The UNSC get their asses handed to them

The ‘Falls 2010’ at the end of the trailer isn’t a typo referring to a fall release next year. No, it’s alluding to the fact the humans let Reach, which is a colony planet, fall at the hands of the Covenant. We suspect the game will tell a dark Empire Strikes Back-style tale, which will show how the Covenant gained the upper hand during the war and why humanity is at such a desperate end during the first Halo.

Dec 14, 2009


  • Skykid - February 3, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    @Axcleblade The skull character does have a name, its Emile.
  • Demon64 - December 18, 2009 1:34 a.m.

    This game is gonna be awesome
  • blademage20 - December 18, 2009 1:32 a.m.

    The article says "Instead, you’ll be shoved into the sizable shoes of a SPARTAN-II" I may be mistaken, but isn't the Chief a SPARTAN-II? Maybe this is just a younger version of the Chief?
  • narutofreak1 - December 17, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    yesss this will be sa-weet!
  • diddly - December 16, 2009 2:20 p.m.

    @ persona: keep in mind this ngame wont be totally depressing if you read onyx then you know how much of a fight the spartans put up so i'm just expecting some good old fasioned gorilla tactics to be used big time!! gonna be great
  • mikeandike76 - December 16, 2009 3:12 a.m.

    @Daedazrael there actually is a scope cause u can see the reflection for a split second but this looks pretty cool. it seems like bungie liked the idea of the helmetless characters in ODST which i didnt realyy like all that much. id rather let my imagination create faces for them but idk maybe its just me
  • lovinmyps3 - December 15, 2009 10:48 p.m.

    This game will be awesome.
  • Dragslayer55 - December 15, 2009 9:16 p.m.

    all i can say is that i cant wait for this to come out it looks awsome and i hope you can use the choppers from in the vid that would be sweet
  • Bloodstorm - December 15, 2009 4:27 p.m.

    @Cwf2008 get a life dude. It bares no resemblance to the Vertibird. It looks very much like a pelican minus the space-flight capabilities. They both take their inspiration from Osprey's. Real life buddy. Second, the game won't cover the plot of the book. The book dealt very little with that action on the ground of Reach, but focused more on the Chief and his team. Even then, the book wasn't exactly original in idea's. It was very much based off of what Bungie already had set up as the pre-history for the first game. So they can't really rip off their own ideas, now can they? @JakkedGamer Brutes played no part in Reach from what I remember (but the book was written before Halo 2 was even announced, making brutes unknown at the time). But, I wouldn't doubt seeing a few of them. Doubt Bungie totally drops the Brutes and Drones for this game. Now, to the article. The gun on Noble 6's back is quite different from the BR. But, you can't expect them to throw in a bunch of new weapons into the game. From a technical point, story wise, the BR wasn't in regular military circulation in the events of Reach (though they did have access to them on reach, being the UNSC home base pretty much). I'm excited about this game. I can't wait to see how it progresses being that you know that Reach has to fall, and most Spartan II are lost on Reach, except Master Chief.
  • JakkedGamer - December 15, 2009 10:35 a.m.

    I missed elites too, but i heard from a friend that read the book Reach, that brutes were involved in Reach as well. So you may be fighting elites, and brutes in the same squad. Can you imagine a hammer brute chieftan, and a zealot elite with a sword rushin you at the same time? I can only imagine that awesome reality.
  • Cwf2008 - December 15, 2009 6:01 a.m.

    I watched it and seriously they just completely ripped the Vertibird off from Fallout 3. What gives Bungie your so out of ideas that not only will you steal a plot from a fucking book but also Fallout 3, a game vastly superior to your pile of horseshit?
  • Spybreak8 - December 15, 2009 4:28 a.m.

    Yeah I agree the biggest reason I care about Reach is because we get our asses handed to us on a silver platter. That and being the prequel to one of the best shooters of all time, hehe (school girl giggle). Squad based shooters are usually third person so it should be fun to see the fps side of things although L4D has already done it. I heard that Keighley said that the trailer was in-engine but heck this is from the internet so take that with a grain of salt.
  • otomicks - December 15, 2009 3:07 a.m.

    actually, the EVA guy already has a nick, its ghost, from modern warfare. and theres still some speculation, but noble 6 may be a SPARTAN III
  • Axcleblade - December 15, 2009 12:32 a.m.

    @Dill. "Noble 6" is not called George. He doesn't have a name yet, neither does the guy wearing EVA with a skull on his face (who I like to call Skully). Plus, none of them are called George. One of them is Jorge. Anyway, I seriously hope this game is amazing. Hopefully Microsoft will give one of its biggest franchises some good servers (yes, I know that Halo 3 isn't server based.) As long as it has forge, theater,a revamped Firefight (random skulls and more custom options plox?), and at least one new game mode, I think it will last a long time.
  • demonslayer76 - December 15, 2009 12:06 a.m.

    i will probably get ODST now so i can get that beta, and i want that custom skull EVA helm in multiplayer, hope thats in the beta too
  • Dill - December 14, 2009 11:03 p.m.

    Noble 6 is also called George if I'm right. I heard you guys say that it will probably have a dark storyline, and that got me excited. Not because you guys said it -- you just reminded me -- but because that is actually how the story starts. Everybody blows up and the Master Chief is like Suck my balls bitches
  • selio - December 14, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    Just in case someone doesn't know, six is also the number traditionally given to the leader in the military. I don't know if that's how it will be here though.
  • Pocotron - December 14, 2009 10:02 p.m.

    Or, 6 things I've a;ready done in Halo 3 multiplayer but with people that actually won't teabag or throw random cuss words at me(maybe).
  • stefansmith - December 14, 2009 9:58 p.m.

    The spartan with the skull painted on his helmet looks so badass.
  • Cyberninja - December 14, 2009 9:54 p.m.

    i think they will have a online 6 player mode if they dont put it in the story mode

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