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Bungie Releases New Halo Reach ViDoc! April 22, 2010

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Bungie has released a new multiplayer behind the scenes ViDoc to YouTube, probably in anticipation for the Halo Reach MP Beta, which is coming out May 3rd, and gameXcess will be reporting on.  Currently it’s strictly on their YouTube channel, but you can be sure it’ll probably be uploaded to Xbox Live in HD pretty soon if it hasn’t already been.

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Alan Wake to Recieve an Xbox Live Mini-Series April 22, 2010

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In a post from the completely awesome department, Kotaku is reporting that Xbox Live is preparing to release a six episode live action mini-series that will serve as a prequel to Alan Wake.

The series will be released weekly, every Sunday (starting with this one) for Xbox Live Gold members and the day after for Xbox Live Silver members.  The episodes will then appear on brightfalls.net the following day.  Two episodes will kick off this Sunday, with one episode released weekly.  It will lead up to the final two episodes being released on May 17th, the day before the release of the game.

This is without a doubt the most awesome news I’ve read in a long time.  I have been waiting five years for the release of Alan Wake, and this is a definate sign that the hype machine for the game is starting.

I can remember only a few times a live action prequel miniseries has been released to promote a game.  F.E.A.R. had a miniseries which was only concluded in the Collector’s Edition.  Halo 3, since they weren’t getting a Halo movie made, had a live action miniseries (but was only three parts) directed by what would become the team that made District 9.

Halo Reach Coming in 3 Editions (2 Special) April 22, 2010

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Bungie.net officially announced today that their newest game, Halo Reach, will have not one, but two special editions.

Following in the footsteps of Halo 3, Halo Reach will feature a Collector’s Edition and a Legendary Edition.  The CE will cost 80 dollars US, and feature a special case, downloadable exclusive elite armor, and a box of behind the scenes material.  The LE will cost 150 dollars US and feature everything the CE has, as well as downloadable Spartan armor and a 10 pound diaorama of the entire Noble Team as done by McFarlane toys.

I can still remember thinking that Halo 3’s Legendary Edition at it’s 130 dollar price point, was going to sell out immediatly.  Months later the retailers were trying their best to offload the giant packages and I saw prices for it as low as 30 dollars.  I do think that Bungie is repeating a mistake here, what made the Legendary Edition good was not the helmet, but the exclusive third DVD with the extra documentaries and paticularly the Halo 1 and 2 commentary.  It doesn’t look like any DVDs will ship with these editions, begging the question as to why bother picking them up.  I am curious however what is in the box of behind the scenes material.