Microsoft today issued a press release making it known the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta will last 2.5 weeks.

You and your friends can get a sneak peak at the shooter beginning May 3 and lasting until May 19, when Microsoft says it will pull the plug.

Bungie representatives have said the beta’s length is to be determined, but Microsoft owns Xbox Live, not Bungie, and can cut gamers off whenever they feel fit to do so.

Microsoft also announced a “Halo Multiplayer Unlock Weekend” where Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach beta gamers can play for free. It runs from May 14 at 9 a.m. PDT through May 17 at 9 a.m. PDT.

To play the beta you simply need a copy of Halo 3: ODST, but you already knew that, because you read the extensive Halo: Reach beta guide.

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