One of the most anticipated entertainment events of the year is almost here. Starting at midnight tonight, millions of people around the world will embark on a mission of courage, sacrifice and valour in HALO: REACH, the thrilling prequel to the iconic Halo trilogy that became a global entertainment phenomenon and defined a generation of gamers over the last decade.
Not since the debut of Star Wars: Episode I have fans been so excited to revisit a beloved franchise. Recently dubbed “a pop culture phenomenon” by Variety magazine and hailed as the No. 1 game series of all time1, the Halo franchise will once again make history with the launch of Halo: Reach, which goes on sale at 12:01 am tonight in more than 25 countries.
“When it comes to the size and scope of a franchise and especially the dedication of the fans, no game is bigger than Halo,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios at Microsoft Corp. “With Halo: Reach, we’re delivering on our promise to redefine blockbuster entertainment experiences and ultimately help make this year the biggest ever in Xbox history.”
To celebrate the launch, tens of thousands of retailers around the world are opening their doors at midnight exclusively to sell copies of Halo: Reach, as well as Halo: Reach Xbox 360 consoles and accessories. Special midnight openings are taking place in major cities around the world, including London, further adding to the fervor surrounding the highly anticipated video game, which is expected to top all previous entertainment launches this year.
Halo: Reach tells the tragic and heroic story of Noble Team, a group of Spartans, who through great sacrifice and courage, saved countless lives in the face of impossible odds. The planet Reach is humanity’s last line of defense between the encroaching Covenant and their ultimate goal, the destruction of Earth. If it falls, humanity will be perched on the brink of destruction.