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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: 343 Industries
Halo 5: Guardians received its Overtime update today. The latest patch adds 4K support and other enhancements for Xbox One X, Oddball mode, the Local Server app, new commendations, weapon tweaks, and eSports-themed weapon skins. Full details can be found on Halo Waypoint, including a list of bug fixes, added Respawn menu options, and Forge additions
A recent Halo Livestream saw a host of announcements. The most significant of which is the upcoming Overtime update for Halo 5. The patch will add 4K support for Xbox One X, while also re-introducing Oddball, complete with new medals and voice acting; an app to host a local server on Windows 10 PCs, for low-latency matches with consoles on the same network; newly tuned weapons; and skins for several eSports teams, including Luminosity and Splyce. On eSports, Halo World Championship 2018 is also in the works, and this weekend’s HCS Fall 2017 Finals at DreamHack Denver will be streamed live on Mixer and Twitch. 343 also introduced the Relief & Recovery REQ Pack in Halo 5 last week, with all proceeds from the $9.99 download going to GlobalGiving from October 12-23. Lastly, Halo Wars 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be getting updates to take advantage of the Xbox One X’s extra horsepower. The former will also receive cross-platform support for multiplayer, and Xbox Arena, for organizing and conducting online tournaments. The update is set to go live later this month. The latter will actually receive a series of patches rolled out in iterative updates. 343 is planning on reaching out to the community later on, with the first update scheduled for spring.
Halo Wars 2 received two new downloadable drops today, Serina and Operation: Spearbreaker. The first pack features Serina, the UNSC Spirit of Fire’s AI from the original Halo Wars, while the second expands the campaign with two additional missions. Serina returns in full form, despite her unfortunate fate, while the story missions expand on the main game’s plot, as players take charge of a hero squad of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers against the Banished.
Microsoft is set to kick off the Halo Summer Celebration. In the upcoming months, the studio is set to revisit several of the older titles in the line. First up is word that four titles will be added to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility library later this year: Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary. Each game will support the campaign, multiplayer, and LAN play on Xbox One and between One and 360. As a bonus, every 360 add-on map pack will be free in Xbox Store. Later this year, Halo 5: Guardians will receive an update to support 4K alongside the release of Xbox One X. Halo Wars 2 is also set to get a new premium expansion this fall, Awakening the Nightmare. The add-on will feature a campaign focusing on The Banished, along with the return of the Flood and a new multiplayer mode, Terminus Firefight. Lastly, 343 will also be in attendance at several upcoming events, including RTX Austin 2017, HCS Summer Finals at DreamHack Atlanta, ChinaJoy and gamescom.
Halo Wars 2 received its second downloadable pack, Colony. Colony is a Hunter pair that functions as a single Leader, and can be selected in every multiplayer mode. The creatures command the Banished Lekgolo on the Ark, which allows them to create and expand clusters that can control and repair vehicles. This allows Colony to tromp around the battlefield with a horde of Lekgolo-driven constructs that can be improved and healed, and if needed, reinforced with Colony Drop and Devastating Host. Friendly vehicles can also be commandeered using Vehicle Symbiotes, while nearby allies are healed with the passive ability Combat Repair.
Strategy gamers who went with the standard release of Halo Wars 2 can try their hand at battling the Covenant in the game’s predecessor with the launch of Halo Wars: Definitive Edition. The enhanced re-release is now available as a standalone purchase on Steam, Xbox Store, and Windows Store. The latest version features updated graphics, extra Achievements, all downloadable content, and support for Play Anywhere. Play Anywhere allows PC and Xbox One owners to access both versions for a single purchase.
Microsoft has released a demo for the recently launched Halo Wars 2. Gamers can currently download it for Xbox One, while the PC version should be along shortly. The trial includes the first mission, The Signal, along with access to Blitz Firefight against an AI opponent. The latter comes with a pre-built deck of cards from Captain Cutter or Atriox. The Xbox One version requires a Live Gold account.
Players are returning to the battlefield today twenty-eight years after the original Halo Wars. The real-time strategy game will find a crew awakening from cryosleep to answer a distress call that leads to a new round of warfare. Virtual commanders will find a single-player campaign as well as multiplayer that sports several modes, including Deathmatch and Stronghold. 343 Industries’ head of strategy games, Dan Ayoub, has released a final letter to thank fans and to give several others at the studio a chance to share their thoughts at launch. It’s posted below in its entirety.