Mr Hudson teams up with Rio Ferdinand as part of the Halo: Reach Elite Spartan Squad

LONDON– Wednesday 11 Aug 2010– Xbox today revealed the final celebrity member of the Halo: Reach Elite Spartan Squad. R’n’B / pop artist Mr Hudson is the fifth and penultimate member of the team, joining England and Manchester United footballer extraordinaire, Rio Ferdinand; Model and T4 presenter, Jameela Jamil; England Rugby star, Ben Cohen; and Gadget Show presenter, Jason Bradbury.

Launching in less than six weeks, Halo: Reach, is set to be the BIGGEST entertainment event of 2010, and will be available exclusively on Xbox 360. Last week saw the start of a nationwide search for the best Halo players across the country. The‘Looking for a Leader’ competition gives one lucky UK gamer the chance to Captain our celebrity Elite Spartan Squad. As well as becoming the Squad’s Captain, the winner will get the opportunity to train selected members of the celebrity team in a series of one-to-one’s, and then, as a team, participate in the most exciting live Halo battle in gaming history at Halo: Reach’s official‘Blue Carpet’ launch event in September. Additionally, a team of six gamers will also be selected to face-off against the Elite Spartan Squad and their newly-crowned Captain at the Reach mega-launch.

Individual and team registrations for the series of mini-Halo 3 tournaments happening this weekend across,, and as part of the‘Looking for a Leader’ competition close this Friday, August 13th. For more information please visit

Arriving in the UK on 14 September and created by acclaimed developer Bungie, Halo: Reach is the latest installment in the most successful franchise in gaming history. Halo: Reach tells the heroic story of Noble Team, a group of Spartan III Warriors who, through great sacrifice and courage, save countless lives in the face of impossible odds on planet Reach - humanity’s last line of defence against the encroaching Covenant force, whose ultimate goal is the destruction of Earth.


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