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access_time August 1, 2011 at 1:04 PM in Features by AJ Dellinger

Halo Anniversary May Bring Halo 4 Beta

343 Industries cannot make it through their Halo Anniversary without rumors or speculation. All Halo Anniversary wants is a little attention, but a picture has turned up that suggests 343 Industries may be taking part in some extracurricular gaming on the side, and gamers may be able to join in with them soon.

Nothing suspicious here, out in plain sight.

The picture of the Halo Anniversary menu screen reveals an “Extras” option, which many believe to hold access to the Halo 4 beta. Couple this with the announcement of a “surprise” at Halofest and 343 Industries is not doing a great job of covering their tracks. Coming home with plasma on their shirt collar is not going to make Halo Anniversary happy, but putting the Halo 4 beta in the game may be a great marketing ploy. We’ll see what develops as we approach Halofest and PAX.



  • Cheddahz August 1, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    I know I’m going to sound picky here, but that menu looks generic compared to Reach’s menu

  • VaderRx August 1, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    You guys need to check your facts. Bungie has NOTHING to to with Halo Anniversary OR Halo 4. They are done with Halo period. 343 Industries now has control of the franchise.

  • HiredN00bs August 2, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Bungie is not involved with Halo Anniversary. They are not involved in any Halo-related endeavor as of today (August 2nd, 2011) aside from hosting some stat tracking, file share and forums on Bungie.net for their Halo games that still support them. 343 Industries and Microsoft are now in complete control, and they are responsible for Halo: CEA, Halo 4, and any other future Halo content.

    Furthermore, 343 Industries Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor has implied that there are no plans to gate access to the Halo 4 Beta via Halo: CEA. According to Mr. O’Connor, the Halo 4 Beta doesn’t currently exist:


  • AJ Dellinger August 2, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    That’s on me guys, my apologies. Fixed. I’m off to wallow in my shame.

    • HiredN00bs August 3, 2011 at 9:10 AM

      Mr. Dellinger, that thread I linked to on NeoGAF has a quote from franchise director Frank O’Connor:

      “…[Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary] is not in any way linked to the Halo 4 beta. Nor does such a thing exist at this time.”

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