Halo 3 Crackdown Beta delayed a day?

After months of anticipation and hype, the Halo 3 multiplayer beta was scheduled to go live today at 8:00am EST/5:00am PST. Two hours later though and there's still no sign of it for people trying to get in through the Crackdown invite.

Bungie has updated its website (that's a bit broken too as thousands try to access the forums to find out where the demo is) with following: "Folks are reporting problems downloading the Halo 3 Beta via Crackdown this morning. We have alerted the appropriate Live authorities and they are taking care of the problem as we speak. More news as it comes in."

The option to download the Halo 3 Beta is still greyed out, telling us to check back at a later date. Thanks for that.

"With any luck this will be a short delay. People entering the Beta through other methods - Friends and Family, Rule of Three and so on, are unaffected," adds Bungie. The population count has been increasing since earlier this morning.

Word is, sources close to Bungie have now said that there could be a problem the the server that's hosting the beta for Crackdown invites. Other sites are suggesting a 24 hour delay. Same time tomorrow? 8am EST/5am PST? We'll keep you posted in our24-hour Play Party, updated live as we find out more.

May 16, 2007