You know those hardcore Halo 2 fans who are still playing the game on Xbox Live even though Microsoft shut down the service a few weeks back? Well, in addition to untold amounts of gamer respect, the refusing-to-finish-the-fight-ers have also received a special gift from Microsoft: access to the multiplayer beta for Halo: Reach.
“A small band of a committed few, engaged in a battle against insurmountable odds. It's not Noble team from Halo: Reach, it's the final, passionate few who are still playing Halo 2. We wish them the best in their battle against time. Their tremendous exhibition of courage and commitment makes them ideal candidates for Noble team and therefore we are working to ensure they have everything necessary to participate in the Halo: Reach beta,” Microsoft said in a statement to IGN.
According to this currently offline Justin.tv feed, there are now just eight players still connected. You can follow their valiant stand over at the Bungie forums. It’s unclear how many players will received Reach beta access, but I poked Microsoft for more details.
Anyone out there a member of the elite Halo 2 club?
Thanks for the feed link Mason!