Bungie have confirmed the release date for the final chapter of the Halo franchise, Halo: Reach. The game will be launching worldwide on the 14th September (15th September in Japan) and will come in Standard (£49.99), Limited (£59.99) and Legendary (£99.99) editions.

"'Halo: Reach' is the culmination of a decade of 'Halo,' a franchise that has become a global entertainment and pop-culture touchstone," said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios at Microsoft Corp. "Just as 'Halo: Combat Evolved' catalyzed the success of the original Xbox to define a decade of entertainment, 'Halo: Reach' will push the boundaries for what's possible in video games and help make 2010 the biggest year in Xbox history."

Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop added: "There's no doubt in my mind that 'Halo: Reach' will be one of the biggest games and hottest entertainment products of the year, Pre-orders for 'Halo: Reach' have been off the charts, with fans snapping up the limited and legendary editions since they were introduced just a month ago. Overall, it's a real testament to the passion of the 'Halo' fan base."

The news comes alongside some great stats for the beta, more than 2.7 million gamers participated in the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta clocking over 13 million online games and over 16 million hours of online gameplay.