Halo: Reach Images Show Off Immense Amount of Detail

In their weekly update, Bungie delivered some new images from their current build of Halo: Reach and they are looking awfully impressive. While we’ve seen many Halo: Reach images at this point, they have all been from a pre-alpha build of the game. But Bungie was quick to point out that these new images features many of the same landscapes as the pre-alpha batch, but with added details as work continues on the game, sure to be one of 2010’s biggest hits.

Halo: Reach will be Bungie’s last venture in the Halo universe and they’re trying to making it the definitive Halo experience. It sounds like they are already well on their way. They are attempting to make the Covenant a more terrifying force and are also trying to increase tension in the game by increasing the length of time that it takes for shields to recharge. By doing so, they hope to make encounters with Elites more tension-filled as you have to hide when your shields go down. The emphasis in Halo: Reach is on fighting a terrifying force that will require tactics and patience to defeat.

In addition, Halo: Reach will tout larger battles as well as a human element. Reach is a human colony that is invaded by The Covenant and ultimately, taken over. As a result, you will encounter humans who may be fleeing, or possibly might even ask for your help. The development team at Bungie has said that they want the player to become attached to the world of Reach so that it’s devastation is difficult to witness. Ultimately, Halo: Reach is a story in which you can’t win the battle but you can help put into motion some of the events that help humanity win the war.

Bungie has said that they have reworked the Halo 3 engine to stretch the Xbox 360 to its limits, and it’s obvious that they are doing their best to push it as far as it will go. We’ve included some before and after images to show you the change as the team at Bungie continues to fill in the maps for the game and add details. It’s looking awfully impressive and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Oh, and there’s also a concept rendering of the ‘Powerhouse’ multiplayer map.

Halo: Reach will be arriving for the Holiday season. A multiplayer beta will begin on May 3 for owners of Halo 3: ODST. It will be available exclusively on the Xbox 360.