Halo: Reach is forthcoming. It will be out later this year. One individual is already leaking beta footage onto the internet.

The footage is of the game booting up. There is no game play footage. The screen carries a message which reads:

Welcome to the Halo: Reach Public Beta, the experience you are about to enjoy is an early sample of a few multiplayer and single-player levels from Halo: Reach, launching exclusively on Xbox 360 later this year. Until then, drive into Activities or Campaign and have a blast.

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However, the leaked clip does introduce a new mode called "Murder Mode". From the tip description: "Use the Murder Mode to kill an enemy without being spotted." The Halo franchise is getting a stealth kill mode, it seems.

Click to view Then the clip fades to black, and players can hear game audio. It's all choreographed well. Maybe a little too well.

The footage shows the game running on a Samsung TV — just like Microsoft uses at demo kiosks and trade show events. Is the clip internal? There is no gameplay footage, which might be the only way that the clip could avoid possible infringement, but this could be for another reason entirely: to tease a new a new gameplay feature and build viral hype. Or it could, you know, just be a leak. If it's real, that is.

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Update: According to Microsoft, "Murder Mode" is a complete fabrication.

Leaked Halo: Reach Beta Video - "Murder Mode" Detailed [Xbox Evolved via VG247]