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Official: Halo 3 beta May 16!

Much anticipated Bungie beta goes live in just over a month

Microsoft has finally announced that the much anticipated Halo 3 multiplayer beta will be going live on May 16 at 1pm GMT.

Microsoft has finally announced that the much anticipated Halo 3 multiplayer beta will be going live on May 16 at 1pm GMT.

The beta will run through to June 7 at 7:59am - giving you just under a month to tone your Halo 3 fragging skills. Three maps will be available for you to stomp around in your 360 Spartan armour; Snowbound, High Ground and Valhalla - all of which our lucky git of an editor played earlier this year.

New guns and vehicles available for sampling include the nippy Mongoose all-terrain vehicles, Brute Spiker, Spike Grenade, all-new Assault Rifle and Warthog-smashing Spartan Laser.

"'Halo: Combat Evolved' and 'Halo 2' changed the face of console gaming forever," said Shane Kim, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios.

"Gamers from around the world have logged more than 800 million hours on Xbox LIVE playing 'Halo 2,' and years after its launch it remains the No. 1 title on our Xbox LIVE network. Bringing an early look at the multiplayer elements of 'Halo 3' to our passionate fan base is tremendously exciting for us."

Microsoft previously offered gamers three chances to access the beta, the only remaining gateway being Realtime World's Crackdown - which if you haven't bought already you might to run to the shops and pick up.

A new behind the scenes video documentary is also planned to hit Xbox Live Marketplace today. Look for more news on that as soon as we stream it down our office pipe...

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