Thursday 4 January 2007
European gamers will be able to take part in the Halo 3 online beta test - simply by buying a copy of upcoming Xbox 360 shooter, Crackdown.
Until now, the opportunity has only been available to US gamers (via an online registration form) who will find out this month if their applications have been successful.
The so-called 'beta test' will be a limited multiplayer version of the game, used by the developer to hone and refine the online experience through feedback from players. Bungie gets a load of free QA support and you get the chance to play Halo 3 months before the rest of the world.
Above: You might get to play Halo 3 sooner than you thought
To get involved you'll need to look out for special marked copies of Crackdown (on sale 23 February) which will contain an invitation to participate in the test this spring. You'll need an Xbox 360 with a hard drive and an Xbox Live Gold account - when the beta becomes available, your Crackdown game disc will be used as a key to unlock the game download from Xbox Live Marketplace.
Even better, our Xbox 360 spies are suggesting that the extra six months work put into Crackdown has turned it around from glitchy mess to rather decent, so it'll feel less like you're paying £50 for a rubbish game just to get you hands on a free download.