Ok, so I just fired up my copy of Crackdown to have a wee blast around the city – and upon the loading of the title screen was greeted with the message ‘New Content Available in Marketplace’.
Curious as to what this could be (the obligatory update/patch perhaps?) I followed the link and was taken through to Marketplace to find the usual themes and gamerpics. Boo. After I left however, a new option sprung up in the Crackdown menu…
Download Halo 3 Beta
Although sadly not available just yet, this does indicate that the beta will be available to download from every copy of Crackdown – and not just those in specifically marked boxes. I’m guessing the statement from Microsoft implying it would only be available in the first shipment of Crackdown isn’t exactly true (the option after all is built into the game menu), and in fact means that the beta itself will be only available for a limited time before disappearing from the menu once and for all.
Whether or not this means you’ll be able to join the beta mid-way through or have to be there at the beginning is still anyone’s guess, but it’s nice to know you won’t have to go hunting for specially marked copies of the game.
As I’ve said before, it looks as though if you want to be part of the beta test – you will be.
WizKids Inc., creator of runaway hit games like HeroClix® and Pirates of the Spanish Main™, announced today its agreement with Bungie Studios and Microsoft to develop a new collectable miniatures game (CMG) called Halo® ActionClix™.
The Halo ActionClix CMG brings the incredible content of the Halo universe to the tabletop via the award-winning Clix miniatures game engine. Players familiar with HeroClix and HorrorClix™ will be able to jump right into the action and enjoy brand-new game mechanics, including weapon swaps, figure respawning and vehicle-based combat.
“Expanding the Halo universe into the Clix CMG world is a perfect fit for the franchise,” said Brian Jarrard, director of Franchise and Community Affairs at Bungie Studios. “WizKids’ commitment to quality and authentic detail ensures that these new Halo ActionClix figures will appeal to collectors and CMG players alike.”
The first Halo ActionClix set will feature more than 80 unique miniature figures from the Halo universe, including preview content from Halo 3. A number of vehicle packs are also being produced, including a big surprise planned for San Diego Comic-Con this July. Figures will be sold in randomized Booster Packs. The vehicles and a Starter Game will be sold in a diorama display format.
“We are proud to be associated with a great brand like Halo ,” said Lax Chandra, WizKids® president. “We are always looking for ways to push the envelope with our games and content. The phenomenal Halo video game play and universe provided us with an excellent spring board for innovation in tabletop miniatures gaming. We are very excited about this release.”
The Halo ActionClix CMG is expected to be released at retail in September 2007, with special Prerelease figures available at San Diego Comic-Con July 26 – 29, and at Gen Con Indy August 16 – 19. Awesome.