Reach beta expected reinvigorate ODST sales

Microsoft’s expecting to see a boost in Halo 3: ODST sales as next week’s Halo: Reach multiplayer beta rolls around, Stephen McGill, director of Xbox and Entertainment at Microsoft, tells UK site CVG. Seeing as owning a copy of ODST is the only way to get access to the bug squashing fun, he’s likely on to something, too.

“Naturally, the demand for Halo 3: ODST will be reinvigorated as soon as the public Beta kicks off,” McGill said.

“We know a lot of our Halo community have the game and are eagerly awaiting May 3rd, but there are also a ton of Halo gamers who know and love the Halo universe, yet didn’t try Halo 3: ODST.”

The now-lower price point, he continued, is “a great way for players to experience both ODST and the Halo: Reach Beta.”

Bungie’s Brian Jarrard is already expecting to see around three million participants in the beta, a figure that may have to be revised a bit then.