We already know that Ascension, Coagulation, Zanzibar and Sanctuary maps of Halo 2 will be re-imagined  and will be part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Microsoft yesterday revealed that Lockout is the fifth map that will be part of the collection. Set in an old Forerunner research laboratory in the frigid mountains of Delta Halo, Lockout features fast-paced, close quarters combat with its narrow corridors and vertical level design. With three levels to navigate, adept players can deftly traverse around the map by mastering specific jumping points, enabling them to secure power weapons faster and set up ambushes for unsuspecting opponents. The re-imagined version of Lockout also includes a few new features that will surprise even the most hardened Halo 2 veterans. “Lockout was hands-down the most popular small arena-style map in Halo 2,” said Max Hoberman, president of Certain Affinity and one of the original lead designers of Halo 2. ...

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During the Xbox gamescom 2014 Media Briefing, Microsoft revealed that the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta will run from Dec. 29, 2014 through Jan. 18, 2015 and focus on just a portion of Halo 5: Guardians’ full multiplayer experience – arena gameplay. Featuring intense 4 vs. 4 showdowns, arena combat in Halo 5: Guardians will start players with the same loadout, ensuring matches are perfectly balanced and competitive. The Multiplayer Beta includes seven maps and three game types, as well as a variety of different armor sets to customize your Spartan with. Available from Dec. 29, 2014 through Jan. 18, 2015. Owners of “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” will be among the first to experience a new generation of “Halo” multiplayer in the “Halo 5: Guardians” Multiplayer Beta. Focusing on the arena multiplayer legacy that the franchise is known for, the Beta will feature a multitude of maps, several game ...

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  At Gamescom, Microsoft today announced a new portal for Halo fans on Xbox One called Halo Channel. This new Halo hub will be released along with The Master Chief Collection launch in November. “The Halo Channel enables you to seamlessly transition between Halo games and other Halo experiences,” The Halo channel will feature Twitch integration, get news about Halo, chat with fellow fans, get exclusive content on Xbox One and more. The Halo Channel additionally will offer fans direct access to Halo Nightfall digital series, gives them the ability to share their activities on social networks and more. ...

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At E3 , Microsoft revealed the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This is a remastered compilation of its classic Halo games in a unified UI for Xbox One later this year. This will go on sale for $59.99 on Nov. 11. This collection will include Halo 1, Halo 2 in 1080p, Halo 3 and Halo 4, with 100 multiplayer maps running in high-definition 1080p video at 60 frames per second on dedicated servers. Microsoft today announced that they are working with ESL and Twitch to bring you a 4v4 tournament at Gamescom. Open to all gamescom attendees, the tournament will feature $10,000 USD in prizing, four days of qualification on the gamescom show floor, and culminate with the grand finals on Sunday, August 17. Our friends at Twitch will be broadcasting the finals for all the world to see at Twitch.tv/Halo. To qualify for the finals, swing by the ESL Arena in Hall 9, where ESL will have ...

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The final Halo 3 Easter Egg has been found seven years after the game was released. Back in 2012, Bungie confirmed the existence of this Easter Egg and revealed that it will work only on specific day.  “There is one Easter egg in Halo 3 that I don’t think anyone has found – I stumbled across it in code a while back. It only happens on a specific day … so good luck.” Today, Teambeyond.net revealed how to experience this Easter Egg. When you press down on both thumbsticks during the loading screen on December 25, you’ll be shown a wider view of the Halo ring with the words “Happy Birthday Lauren!” on the ring’s surface. This Easter Egg was done by programmer Adrian Perez dedicated to his wife as a birthday gift. Adrian Perez claimed his proudest moment at Bungie was “showing my wife the Easter egg I put in the halo 3 ...

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343 Industries and Certain Affinity yesterday discussed about the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection in a panel at RTX. During that, they released a this new ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection Terminal’ Trailer. This new trailer shows the game featuring The Arbiter, voiced by actor Keith David. The Halo journey begins in 2014 by remembering and celebrating our past. This holiday, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will launch on Xbox One, marking the first time the entire Master Chief story will be playable on a single console. Included with Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Halo: Nightfall an original live-action digital series that introduces a pivotal new character in Halo 5: Guardians. In December, the journey continues with the competitive multiplayer beta of Halo 5: Guardians, leading up to the fall 2015 launch alongside the Halo television series. You can pre-order it from Amazon  and Microsoft Store from the link ...

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At E3 this year, Microsoft revealed the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This is a remastered compilation of its classic Halo games in a unified UI for Xbox One later this year. This will go on sale for $59.99 on Nov. 11. This collection will include Halo 1, Halo 2 in 1080p, Halo 3 and Halo 4, with 100 multiplayer maps running in high-definition 1080p video at 60 frames per second on dedicated servers. There are two bonus things that come with this package. You will get access to beta of Halo 5: Guardians which will be available to play in December and also access to Halo Nightfall Digital series access. Today, Microsoft revealed that 343 Industries will be at Rooster Teeth Expo (RTX) in Austin, Texas from July 4-6, including an exclusive panel dedicated to “Halo: The Master Chief Collection.” Halo fans will be able pick up limited-edition swag, shop at the “Halo” store, line up for an exclusive ...

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  343 Industries, the creators of Halo series today announced that they are partnering with ASTRO Gaming to bring Halo branded accessories. As part of the agreement, Skullcandy and ASTRO Gaming will develop several new products including branded headsets, speaker tags and more in support of the latest releases within the Halo universe. I had the pleasure of wearing nearly every iteration of ASTRO products since the very first Limited Edition A40 headset, so it is with great excitement, and with an ASTRO headset on my head, that I bring you this wonderful news. I know I speak for many when I say that I cannot imagine a better or more organic headset partner for our brand. I’m super pumped about the new products that are on the way, and I am quite glad that we’re finally taking our relationship to the next level. Read the announcement below, Skullcandy, Inc. and its division ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that the next installment in the Halo saga: Halo 5: Guardians, coming in fall 2015 for Xbox One. Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director at 343 Industries revealed some more details about the upcoming game at their official blog. In addition to developing the game, they have developed an advanced game engine to support it. Also, Microsoft and 343 Industries will reveal more information at E3 and beyond. But we’re not just making a new game in that three year span, we’re also making a new engine. During the development of Halo 4, we pushed the Xbox 360 and the engine to its limits, and we were happy with the way we were able to make the Halo universe look. The Xbox 360 still has a few tricks up its sleeve, even now. We are moving to a whole new platform with the Xbox One – a new ...

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Engadget today reported that Microsoft is working on bringing ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ for Xbox One which will be released later this year. This Halo collection is expected to include Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 and are being collected in a Master Chief-focused HD remaster coming from Microsoft. Engadget also reports that Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST  won’t be part of this collection. Our sources say that the set will zero in on Halo‘s most famous soldier to refresh audience’s memories ahead of Halo 5: Guardians‘ release, so curiosities like Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach likely won’t be a part of the package. The game’s developer is unknown at this point, but considering that Saber Interactive handled Combat Evolved Anniversary and is also working on an unannounced Xbox One project, the team is a likely suspect. Also unclear are plans for digital distribution, resolution and ...

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Microsoft 343 Industries today confirmed the they are moving forward with the popular Halo franchise with the upcoming “Halo 5: Guardians” title. “Halo” isn’t simply a perennial game franchise, it’s a part of the Xbox platform itself. In terms of innovation and ideation, it’s sometimes important to people who might not even play “Halo.” And of course it’s a passion and an essential experience for two generations of gamers. So we asked ourselves, how do we begin and where do we go with “Halo” on Xbox One? In the past, “Halo” games have pushed the Xbox forward, showcasing the console and its ecosystem in entertaining and innovative ways. Making a “Halo” game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial. It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on a “Halo” television series in association with Steven Spielberg. The “Halo” television series is a groundbreaking original series based on the award-winning “Halo” franchise. Award-winning filmmaker, director and producer Steven Spielberg will executive produce the live-action TV series, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television. Today, Variety reported some information regarding this upcoming Xbox Original. Xbox Entertainment Studios is deep in negotiations with Showtime to develop a live-action “Halo” drama series that is a high priority for the Microsoft production unit headed by Nancy Tellem. Xbox Studios has been developing a drama series spin on the vidgame franchise with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV banner for more than a year. It’s understood that the company is close to a deal with a pair of showrunners to steer the series adaptation of the expansive bible developed by screenwriter Stuart Beattie, but the deal ...

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Microsoft today revealed more details about the Xbox Originals program in which they there are over 12 different projects are under production. We already know that Steven Spielberg is working with 343 Industries for Halo based interactive content, in addition to this, the man behind Alien and Blade Runner Ridley Scott is working a another Halo based Digital feature for Xbox. The project is expected to be released later this year along with new Halo game launch. When asked about whether Scott Free production is another Web series, like Forward Unto Dawn (a Halo live-action show from 2012), Levin said, “Similar, but higher budget. We’re biting off something a little bigger. We’ll be shooting in Ireland and Iceland. It’s not following Master Chief.” From Venture Beat, Halo embarked on a digital feature a couple of years ago. It was a risk at the time because we weren’t sure how the fans ...

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Somewhat unexpectedly Microsoft has confirmed that Halo: Spartan Assault will launch on Steam’s digital distribution service on April 5th.   Halo: Spartan Assault was an exclusive to Windows Phone originally but later debuted on the Windows 8 Store.  It has also come out on the Xbox One and 360. Steam and confirms that it will include 30 missions that not only deliver intense gameplay, but also explore the Spartan Ops program seen in Halo 4.  Special features include Steam achievements, leaderboards, and Steam trading cards, and Steam Cloud save games.  The cooperative mode has been stripped from this version of the game. Features: Epic campaign featuring 30 action packed levels with a brand new Halo story set just before the events of Halo 4. Command many of your favorite Halo weapons, vehicles, and armor abilities, and customize your Spartan to create the perfect Spartan warrior. Complete weekly challenges for XP and ...

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At E3 last year, Microsoft showed us a teaser for the upcoming Halo game for Xbox One. The teaser even revealed that the game will be coming in 2014. In an interview to Gamezone, Steve Downes, the voice actor for Halo’s main character Master Chief said that he don’t expect to see Halo 5 until 2015. I think you may be ahead of yourself on Halo 5 … I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015. What you can look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of Halo 2. IGN reached out to Steve Downes after this statement, he said to IGN that he didn’t actually intend to imply that he has knowledge of Halo 2 Anniversary. “What I said was: ‘I think you’re ahead of yourself on H5. I have read some things on line that you can look forward to a H2 anniversary edition maybe this year, but I ...

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As Microsoft’s 343 Industries studio is busy preparing their next game for Xbox One console with transition of platform and technology, they have made some notable additions and changes to their team. Tim Longo from LucasArts has joined us Halo team as the creative director. Tim carries with him almost two decades of game development experience during which he has worked on titles such as Tomb Raider, Star Wars: Republic Commando and most recently the unreleased FPS, Star Wars: First Assault. Joseph Staten who worked on several earlier Halo titles when it was developed by Bungie is now returning to Microsoft. He was the lead writer and cinematics director for Halo, Halo 2 and Halo 3: ODST. Microsoft provided the following statement on him, We’re thrilled to welcome Joseph back to the Microsoft Studios family. Over the past 15 years at Bungie, Joseph has been a key creative force behind some of ...

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