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Halo: Reach, Reaching Beyond Shooter Fans

Written on September 13, 2010 by Japhet Writ

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As Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 becomes the best-selling shooter game of all time, Halo: Reach will land on a very different world as it debuts on September 14.

Becoming a cultural phenomenon last 2007, the fire flinging, sci-fi saga took over novels, toys and apparel boosting XBox sales, and bringing in cash for Microsoft Corp. But three years since was put to bed by , much has changed along the gaming landscape. Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty reclaimed the attention of hardcore gamers with their Modern Warfare series. However, gaming industry analyst, Michael Pachter, anticipates that : Reach will sell over 6 million copies this year.

Slated as the last installment of the Halo series, Bungie Studios signed an exclusive ten-year deal with Activision to publish and distribute games for various platforms. Taking a more personalized approach with Reach, Master Chief becomes the Noble Six. They are a group of hardened Spartans that aims to inhibit The Covenant from obliterating the planet Reach. can be a man or a woman, outfitted with hundreds of different armor, color and emblem combinations. They also have special gadgets like jet packs, invisible camouflage and holograms. , creative director at Bungie Studios, hopes that chance for players to customize their character means reaching beyond male shooter fans. The intergalactic protagonist is also a pilot, providing gamers the opportunity to take the skies for the first time.

According to Lehto, “We really never anticipated it becoming this big. There was so much responsibility on our shoulders to make sure that ‘Reach’ is the best of all the ‘Halo’ games. We put every bit of effort we could into this game. While we’re happy that it’s done, and we’re proud of what we created, we’re really sad to say goodbye to the ‘Halo’ universe.”

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