7th Columnist

Halo 3 Epsilon
August 13, 2007, 2:14 am
Filed under: Beta, Campaign, Custom, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

So you may have seen posts on various sites recently, or perhaps the particularly high flying of you out there caught this live in action… but it would seem some folk have been spotted showing that they’ve been playing ‘Halo 3 Epsilon’ in their Xbox Live status.


Naturally the internet pretty much caught fire the second this was found, with rampant fan speculation as to what exactly this ‘Epsilon’ was. Was it a new game? An XBLA release? Or just a final build of Halo 3?

Well, it would seem we now have the answer. As not long after the story hit the web, an anonymous source sent in a copy of the email sent out with the internal invite to take part in Halo 3 Epsilon:

Congratulations on being selected to participate in the Halo 3 Epsilon! The Epsilon is now available for download on Marketplace!

First, unlike the Alpha, Beta or Delta, this is a very special test in that not only will you be testing nearly final Halo 3 Matchmaking, you will also be able to:
* Play Multiplayer on six maps: Snowbound, High Ground, Valhalla, Last Resort, Epitaph and our new big map, Sandtrap.
* Play Custom Games and test out full game variant editing.
* Play with the Forge and be able to cooperatively edit and save multiplayer map variants.
* Play up to 4 person co-op on a single Campaign level.
* Play and test the full Saved Film functionality, including screenshots you can view in-game for Campaign, Multiplayer and Forge.

So it would seem Microsoft and Bungie are having another internal testing session, only this time with much more content than was available in the public beta we all got to play with. Epsilon seems to be showcasing everything magazine press has seen so far, including Forge, new maps (Sandtrap, Last Resort, Epitaph), saved film functionality, 4 player co-op and more.

And whilst it’s unlikely we’ll ever be seeing this ‘Epsilon’ build of the game in the form of a demo on Marketplace, if the past is anything to go by – you can pretty much guarantee some video footage is going to find it’s way out on to the web somehow – and we’ll have it the very second it does.


53 Comments so far
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give us a leaked video of sandtrap and the elephant please.
that would rock.

Comment by D-thunda

Somehow I think that might violate whatever agreement is required to access the Epsilon.

Comment by Narcogen

****I don’t think were going to get any videos leaked on this one****

But go here: http://www.1up.com/do/minisite?cId=3161338

That will have more info and pictures, maybe a video!

Comment by LostprophetVII

Actually, they may have a video, but there are no friends and families of employees on this build.

Comment by LostprophetVII

so I guess 7th isn’t one of those lucky few.
if you are 7th, vids, pictures, music, post it!

thanks for the great site, so are you allowed to play epsilon?

if you are one of those lucky few, use a hex editor to hack the code and find more stuff! :P

Comment by D-thunda

Hehe, Sorry guys… I’m afraid i’m not in on this one. It’s totally internal. So lets keep our eyes open for any leaks, yeah?

Comment by 7th Columnist

No-one here has it, and this is an employee only take home build.

Comment by LostprophetVII

Yeah this will not be a public testing it’ll be totally private to inside Bungie studios and the employees we will be lucky to get a screen shot out of the whole thing.

Comment by Sid

Go to Evil Otto’s house and steal his HDD.

Comment by DEL360X

Who knows, moments before the release Major Nelson might do a pre-release video like he did for the beta.

Comment by LostprophetVII


I was searching for H3 Epsilon on GoogleVideo (no luck so far) and came across the E3 trailer again. After watching it, I noticed something weird. 43 seconds in, a brute throws something…. it looks like a person with a yellow head. Go and pause it there. It might be an EVA spartan. This would imply that your spartan variants apply to campaign or that at some point in the game you will be able to fight alongside another spartan.

Comment by OMGZ HALOZ

no you’re way off its a construction worker

Comment by spartanized

yup, Construction Worker.

*Brown Boots
*Blue Jeans
*Light Blue Button Shirt
*Yellow Construction Hat
Yup, you’ve got a Construction Worker.

Comment by DEL360X

Yep, a contruction worker. He wasn’t one of the few children that were selected to be spartans. In fact he wanted to get a job at the Law-firm but they turned him down and he had to work for the New Mombasa Construction Crew, You know, The ones that put up the “Grunt Xing” signs.

Comment by Codeh

i havent gone on xbox live because my wireless connection isnt working. hopefully i get the message or watever for h3 epsilon when i go on

Comment by trippin4

HAS NUTHIN TO DO WITH EPILSON BUT WHAT TIME ON THE 25th IS HALO 3 COMING OUT ON!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???!?!?!?!?!?

Comment by ryguy

Exactly at 12 AM – 9/25/07.

One minute after 11:59 PM on Monday, September 24, 2007

Comment by DEL360X


Comment by LostprophetVII

*Double sigh…….*

Comment by LostprophetVII

man someone needs to post a vid on youtube of the campaign.

Comment by trippin4

How can we Friends & Family members get the Epsilon?

Comment by DEL360X

unfortunately, there is no way we can get into epsilon sadly, unless we somehow get a correct redeem code.
Anyone can try, but it’s a 1 in a few trillion chance you’ll get it.

Damn, 7th, even you don’t get in.
I made a forum on Bungie.net asking people how to get into epsilon, but the ninjas came and BLAM!
forum locked…

If anyone has seen epsilon, please post on this site.
Film a vid with your cellphone, anything!

Comment by D-thunda

It seems that the Epsilon is available to those who participated in the original internal Beta tests. I have a friend who participated in the “Pimps at Sea Alpha” and he has also been playing Epsilon. If anyone ponders the validity of this he works for another well-known Microsoft Game Studio in the UK.

All I can say is.. jammy git.

Comment by Triad


Comment by LostprophetVII

Great hes updating every saturday. maybe i should find a site that updates every day

Comment by Master Tricks

Some F&F members are also testing.

Comment by DEL360X

i saw the elephant and the hornet in a scans of famitsu magazine
and other stuffs XD
here : http://www.gamersyde.com/news_4795_21775_2_en.html


Comment by x brok3ns4int x


I was on the friends and family list last time round… but sadly not this time.

@Master Tricks

Serious regular updates are well on the way… don’t panic! :)

Comment by 7th Columnist

The cold dawn light shines on the crowd;
The seconds, Ticking slowly past
Until the black corporate shroud
Of secrecy be dropped at last!

The faithful wait before the stores.
Though weeks have passed, no spirit sank;
They make their camps beside the doors
And devour the weakest of their ranks.

A light goes on; The time is near —
A thrill for those who have survived!
The doors fly open — The moment’s here!
Halo 3’s at last arrived!


Comment by DEL360X

Pushing, Fighting, Stabbing, Tears!
Call them names! Punch their groins!
“Limited Quantities!” Cried in fear
By those late to the battle joined!

The War is done! The blood is dried.
The winners return to their lair
To celebrate their fortune’s tide
By pwning noobs in multiplayer!

See their lust for blood be sated!
See them jump with physics exaggerated!
See the Covenant brought to grief —

– Excert from “Halo, How Are You?” by Jeremy “Norm” Scott in issue 219 of EGM.

Comment by DEL360X

Edit to last line-


No one can sue me now!
I put in the info where I got the poem.
Oh, and it is pg. 110

Comment by DEL360X

That poem.. is comfort… for the coming fire!

Comment by LostprophetVII

wow that poem rocks.
yup, the anticipation is building, soon halo 3 will be among us.

Comment by D-thunda

wow that vid was funny lol.

Comment by x_kenney_x

the graphics looked weird in that vid

Comment by ryguy

my friend on my friends list on xbl, he has it and he wont tell me anything, i dont think he has a mike, and i asked him for some footage and he sed no… *cry* i wont to play so f-kin bad!!!!

Comment by antii

o and im pretty sure that vid is fake/fan made…

Comment by antii

The first part is a fake picture, the door cutting is the first map in Halo 2 when you first get your guns, then the rest is an added master chief with animations from both Halo 2 and Halo 3. Fake, very fake,but you have to be a good video maker to make something like that.

Comment by LostprophetVII

not to be rude but what happened to there being like an update everyday and not like two every week

Comment by ryguy

7th columnist is getting married, so that will be taking up a lot of time.
soon, my fellow halo fans, soon…

Comment by D-thunda

Um, Yes! We do aprove of pants.

Comment by DEL360X

Wouldn’t that be 3 years?

Comment by DEL360X

With over a million pre-orders in every area, I’m starting to get scared as if I will get my Pre-Ordered LEGENDARY EDITION on Sept. 25 from my local Game Crazy/Holywood Video store.

Comment by DEL360X

dude I went to Circuit City today to pre-order H3 and they were “out of pre-orders.” I didn’t even know that could HAPPEN.

Comment by K-Bizzle the Dizzle

wow, I am pre-ordering my halo 3 legendary tomorrow, there’s still tonnes of copies of legendary left!
only a few hours…

Comment by D-thunda

i already pre-ordered mine from circut city. lol. Cant wait for the 25th. Damn its gonna be fun!

Comment by BigRedz

this guy in my friends list (metalgear7) says that the demo is beeig spread via “recover gamertag.” this is for real. he says that if you have the demo, somebody can use your gamertag and password recovery option to sighn into your account with their 360, download the demo, and bam!!! spreading bungie love. OK, i haven’t done it yet, so i’m not 100% sure. i’m actually kinda worried that this might be a virus. but i’ll guinnea pig on this one. IF ANYONE KNOWS ABOUT THIS…. email me asap at eyemadwebe@hotmail.com plzplzplzplz

Comment by eyemadweeb

OMG WOWZUR- Your post of the OMGZ EPSILON is from doa4 when u unlock the female master chieftess thing… lol… it is halo and its on a 360 just not halo 3… fyi to everyone though, videos have leaked from the epsilon but bungie searches for them many times a day with an army of lawyers so none of them last long… just a tip, the ones that can be found will not be found by searching halo 3 epsilon on YOUTUBE… gl and own ya in September!

Comment by Sam

As someone who’s actually played the Epsilon, it’s pretty funny to visit sites like this and hear you guys talk about it.

And no, MY video isn’t posted on YouTube (obviously).

Comment by GarGamer 7787

ive played a pireated copy of halo 3

Comment by nathan

has anyone but me seen that the hud color can be changed ?

Comment by Nuju aka Neji 89

no it cant be changed (well i dont think so, allthough it would be cool) that is the elite hud

Comment by soans

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