New“Halo: Reach” Video Charts the Heroic Rise of a Spartan in the Biggest Game of 2010

LONDON– Tuesday 17 Aug 2010– In just four weeks, the epic story that catalysed the events of one of the world’s most celebrated video game sagas will unfold with the launch of“Halo: Reach,” the most anticipated game of the year. In the face of an insurmountable Covenant invasion, a team of fearless Spartans will rise to the challenge and complete one final, legendary mission.

Bungie and Microsoft today released“A Spartan Will Rise,” a new video for“Halo: Reach” that offers a preview of the inspiring story of Noble Team, a heroic group of Spartans who, through great sacrifice and courage, saved countless lives in the face of impossible odds. The video is available for download today on Halo Waypoint, Halo.Xbox.com and www.bungie.net.

“Halo: Reach” is currently available for pre-order in Standard, Limited and Legendary editions at participating retailers worldwide. The Standard Edition has an estimated retail price of£49.99, and the Limited and Legendary editions of the game will retail for£59.99 and£99.99, respectively, and are packed with extras fans won’t want to miss.

Additionally, a stunning line-up of custom-designed“Halo: Reach” hardware products are also currently available for pre-order. The Xbox 360 Limited Edition“Halo: Reach” Bundle has a suggested retail price of£249.99, and will be available on Sept. 14 exclusively at GAME and gamestation. The“Halo: Reach” Limited Edition Wireless Controller and Wireless Headset will be available on Sept. 3 for the estimated retail prices of£39.99 and£34.99, respectively.

Developed by award-winning studio Bungie exclusively for Xbox 360,“Halo: Reach” launches worldwide on Sept. 14, 2010.

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For .wmv versions of“A Spartan Will Rise,” visit (please do not publish this URL): http://edelmanadmin.psni.com/public/Halo%20Reach

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