According to Bungie.net:
Bungie's Friends and Family program. A couple thousand lucky fansSpoilerwill be getting the Beta five days before anyone else. That's supposed to happen today.
According to what they say, it seems like they're sending it out the evening of 05/11, which would be tonight, probably PDT. My guess is that it's going to be between 6pm and midnight PDT, which means we're more than several hours away, right? I don't know. I'm still curious if there's a way we can get into this thing; I'm not exactly the most frequent poster on Bungie.net. Even though the F&F starts tonight, we'll be privy to loads of info from the press between now and then...and particularly, after the San Fran/NYC event tonight. That's what I'm psyched about...
FRIENDS AND FAMILY FIESTA
You may have heard rumors, tales whispered in dark corners of mysterious taverns. Bearded men speak in icy tones of a legend. A secret level of Public Beta, called ‘Friends and Family.” Aye, such a thing exists. It is the same beta, sent out a few days earlier, to Bungie Friends and Family. We never revealed how you became a friend or a family member, and nor will we. Some of ye already know who you are and how you’ll be getting your invite. Others, in for a rare treat.
A selection of Bungie.net members – regulars all - has been picked using a semi-random process devised by our own Roger Wolfson and Tom “Achronos” Gioconda. Those lucky winners have already been picked and collated. Next week, on the evening of the 11th of May, they will receive a Friends and Family code, delivered to one place and one place only. Their PM mailbox right here on Bungie.net. Spread the word – a small percentage, but still a significant number of Bnet loyalists, are getting the Golden Ticket delivered straight to their Bnet PM mailbox.
For those of you who “win,” congratulations. And for those who find that PM Mailbox empty on the 11th, our commiserations. NOTE: These winners have been picked; the ONLY way to find out is by checking that PM mailbox here on Bnet on the 11th. Do NOT ask us if you’ve won or not. We can’t tell you. Do NOT try to create a new account – it’s already too late. Do NOT spam the forums. The matter is settled.
For everyone else, the same avenues for the normal Public Beta still exist – for most of you, that means playing via specially marked versions of Crackdown (still available in stores) and a few others won contests from their regional Xbox organization.
But it’s all so much. If only I had help.