HALO 3 has officially been given a release date of September 25. Well, that's if you're in North America, at least - European citizens will have to wait a pointless extra day until September 26.
The announcement comes as Halo fans get their grubby little mitts on the multiplayer beta, which opens this week to those looking to do a bit of free labour in exchange for a first look at the game. Initial comments have suggested that, whilst the game now has a date, it's the graphics that are looking dated, with X360 owners familiar with Gears of War lamenting the lack of detail in the uprated Halo engine compared to the Unreal 3 Engine.
Most people expected Halo 3 to arrive in time for Christmas, to be the season's best seller, but we're all in for a treat early, it seems. Of course, the official date is rather a set back from the one originally announced by Bill Gates, who remarkably assured the press that Microsoft would launch Halo 3 on the same day Sony launched the PlayStation 3.