Four player co-op for Halo 3?

Beta code says "yes".

Crafty coders playing the Halo 3 beta have unearthed references to a four-player co-op mode.

We're still waiting to hear from Microsoft about whether it's legitimate, and if it will feature when the full-game launches on 26th September.

"Only 2 players may play splitscreen coop on the same Xbox 360 console. The party size is too large to start the game. Up to 4 players may play coop on Xbox Live or System Link. Loading information from Xbox Live..." read the on-screen text for the party-menus, courtesy of teamxbox.

Their digital probing also gave them an insight to previously unannounced weapons, vehicles, and game types. A full list of these can be found below.


  • Assault Rifle
  • Battle Rifle
  • Beam Rifle
  • Brute Shot
  • Carbine
  • Excavator
  • Gravity Hammer
  • Flamethrower
  • Magnum
  • Missile Launcher
  • Needler
  • Plasma Pistol
  • Plasma Rifle
  • Fuel Rod Cannon
  • Rocket Launcher
  • Shotgun
  • SMG
  • Sniper Rifle
  • Spartan Laser
  • Spiker
  • Sword


  • Mongoose
  • Warthog
  • Hornet
  • Pelican
  • Scorpion
  • Ghost
  • Brute Chopper
  • Spectre
  • Shadow
  • Banshee
  • Phantom
  • Wraith

Game Types

  • Capture the Flag: Invade your opponent's stronghold, heist their flag, and bring it back to your base to score.
  • Slayer: Kill as many of your opponents as you can. The player with the most points wins.
  • Oddball: Find the ball and hold on to it to earn time. The player with the most time wins.
  • King of the Hill: Gain control of the hill to earn time. Keep your opponents off and earn the most time to win.
  • Juggernaut: Work together to take down the Juggernaut. Beware, you kill the Juggernaut, you become the Juggernaut, and only the Juggernaut can win.
  • Territories: Find and control the territories on the map. The more territories you control, the faster you earn time.
  • Infection: Destroy the Flood or become infected. Score points for killing flood or big points for infecting a human. The player with the most points wins.
  • Assault: Da bomb!
  • V.I.P.: Protect the V.I.P. from dying at the hands of your opponents. If you are the V.I.P., you must stay alive or your opponents score a point.


Apparently these will be shareable with other users in a similar way to movies.

  • Team Slayer
  • Team Swords
  • Team Rockets
  • Team Shotguns
  • Team Fiesta
  • Team Phantoms
  • Slayer Duel
  • Sword Duel
  • Rifle Duel
  • Rumble Slayer
  • Rumble Swords
  • Rumble Rockets
  • Rumble Shotguns
  • Oddball
  • Fiesta Ball
  • Team Ball King
  • Phantom King
  • Crazy King
  • Team Crazy King
  • Multi Flag CTF
  • CTF Wraiths
  • CTF Classic
  • Shotgun CTF
  • 1 Flag CTF
  • 1 Flag CTF Fast
  • Multi Bomb Assault
  • Rapid Assault
  • Neutral Bomb
  • Neut. Bomb Fast
  • 3 Plots Land Grab

Games menu options

A glitch also allowed beta players to see the following settings from the game menu options:

  • Damage resistance
  • Shield multiplier
  • Shield recharge rate
  • Immune to headshots
  • Grenade counts
  • Infinite ammo
  • Weapon pickup disabled
  • Player speed (25%, 50%, 75%, 90%, 100%, 110%, 125%, 150%, 200%, 300%)
  • Player gravity (50%, 100%, 200%)
  • Vehicle use (passenger only)
  • Motion tracker range (10m, 25m, 75m, 100m, 150m)
  • Appearance: Vis effects (black glow, team glow, white glow). Active camo (good camo that might fool and elite, poor camo that might fool a grunt, invisible).
  • Indestructible vehicles (on, off)

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