If you were looking forward to trying out the new Halo game before deciding whether to buy it, it looks like you’re in for a major disappointment. 343 Industries, the developers for the game have just confirmed that there will be no multiplayer beta for Halo 4.
We’re pretty surprised by this decision as well. Given that this is the first Halo game without famed developers Bungie, you would presume that there’s a lot of pressure on the shoulders on 343 Industries to deliver a game with the same caliber of the previous games in the franchise, especially since Halo 4 will see the glorious return of Master Chief.
As most of you know, there was beta testing for the last two Halo games, but 343 Industries has already confirmed that they will not be following on with the trend for Halo 4. It now means of course that they run the risk of releasing a game that may come littered with bugs, bugs which could have been spotted by the community with the use of beta testing.
Obviously there isn’t an argument yet since the game is nowhere near completion, but we wouldn’t like to be in the shoes of 343 Industries if they release the game and then weeks after face a barrage of criticism over bugs and glitches because they didn’t put the effort in to bring out a beta.
On a side note, you may want to pay attention to the wave of fake Halo 4 beta websites that are in circulation at the moment which claim to offer free codes into the said beta. Now that 343 Industries has made the news official, we should now see a reduction in these sort of websites appearing, but we’d hate to imagine the number of Xbox 360 users that have already been duped.
What are your thoughts on the lack of beta for Halo 4 – are you surprised by this decision from 343 Industries? Halo 4 releases during the Holiday season this year.