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Original Xbox games will no longer be playable online from April 15, but Microsoft's set to ease Halo 2 obsessives from their addiction with the promise of Halo Reach beta access.

Several committed Halo 2 players have already been contacted by the Xbox Live Team, reports Kotaku, who thanked them for being "loyal" Xbox Live customers with the promise of free three-month Gold memberships and 400 Microsoft Points to spend.

Microsoft is also extending the invitation to participate in the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta, "because you've been so loyal to Halo."

A good incentive to get those stubborn Xbox 1 stalwart over to the current generation then - if they haven't already.

Last month Microsoft confirmed that the multiplayer beta - also accessible through copies of Halo 3: ODST - will kick off on May 3. See the first Halo Reach gameplay video, if you haven't already.