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MS: Halo Reach beta will revive ODST sales

Platform holder expects 'a ton' of gamers to buy title for first time

Microsoft expects "a ton" of Halo fans to pick up Halo 3: ODST for the first time as hype builds for the Halo: Reach Beta launch.

The platform holder told CVG that interest in the 2009 FPS will be "reinvigorated" in the next couple of weeks - as gamers grab the opportunity to enter the Reach multiplayer Beta on May 3rd.

The only way for consumers to enter the Beta - which Bungie claims will hit three million players on day one - is via a key given away with ODST.

"Naturally, the demand for Halo 3: ODST will be reinvigorated as soon as the public Beta kicks off," director of Xbox and Entertainment at Microsoft Stephen McGill told CVG.

"We know a lot of our Halo community have the game and are eagerly awaiting May 3rd, but there are also a ton of Halo gamers who know and love the Halo universe, yet didn't try Halo 3: ODST.

"Now at £24.99 ERP, we're offering a great way for players to experience both ODST and the Halo: Reach Beta."

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If they haven't played it, they'll be in for a treat. CVG gave Halo 3: ODST 9.0/10 in our review last year.

We expect the release date for the full version of Halo: Reach will arrive in September - but Microsoft is keeping tight-lipped for now.