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Halo: Reach beta to hit 3m players - Bungie

'There's never been a console beta this big'

Bungie expects Halo: Reach to record the biggest console beta launch of all-time next month - and is forecasting over three million players on day one.

Access to the beta is available through keys given away with Halo: ODST, which was released last year.

"My expectation is it could be upwards of 3 million people [on launch day]," Bungie community boss Brian Jarrard told the Seattle Times today.

"I think that's a fairly conservative estimate. Certainly there will never be a console beta of this magnitude."

The firm said that it had done a "lot of work" to ensure region-specific matchmaking went smoothly for the beta - after it faced problems with Halo 3.

It has previously claimed that the Halo Reach beta will "surpass" many full-size releases in terms of user experience.

The Halo: Reach beta will kick off on May 3rd.

Who's going to 'jump in'?

[ SOURCE: Seattle Times ]