Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: 343 Industries

Halo 3: ODST, new map launch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Microsoft released new content for Halo: The Master Chief Collection over the weekend. In addition to the new multiplayer map Remnant, a re-imaged version of Halo 2’s Relic, a beefed-up 1080p, 60fps version of Halo 3: ODST’s campaign has also gone live. ODST is free for those who logged into Live and played the Collection between November 11 and December 19, while everyone else can grab it from the Xbox Store for $4.99. Those who qualify for the free version will receive a download code at the email address registered through Live.

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New #HuntTheTruth out, Master Chief wanted for kidnap, murder

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A new episode of the #HuntTheTruth podcast has gone live. The latest release details a secret report that accuses Master Chief of interrupting peace talks and kidnapping an emissary who is later found dead. Head over to huntthetruth.tumblr.com to hear the full account, and to listen to any missed episodes. New episodes are released every Sunday.

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Halo 5: Guardians cover art, Spartan fireteams revealed in new trailer

The Halo 5: Guardians cover art has been released, along with a quasi-movie showing Master Chief and Spartan Locke facing off. The video also features the Spartan fireteams that hunt Master Chief, and it follows strange images released last week that hinted at the reveal. These follow another cryptic campaign, an episodic audio series that sheds light on what led to Locke squaring off against the Chief.

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Halo 5: Guardians gets GameStop-exclusive pre-order armor set

Microsoft has teamed up with GameStop to bring exclusive armor DLC to Halo 5: Guardians. All pre-orders will receive a download code to receive the Spartan Locke multiplayer armor set. The outfit comes with Hunter-Class Armor and a Hunter-Class Helmet, each of which augments the player’s capabilities by offering additional power and enhanced “situational and threat awareness.” A new trailer gives a glimpse of the kit in action.

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Halo: Spartan Strike brings back twin-stick action, out for mobile, PC

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A new Halo twin-stick shooter has gone live for mobile devices and PC, Halo: Spartan Strike. The $5.99 download-only release is set in New Mombasa during the events of Halo 2. Players take on the role of a Spartan in an ONI simulation, guiding UNSC troops through 30 missions set throughout cities and jungles. Throughout the missions, soldiers gain access to new abilities, weapons, and vehicles. Windows 8 versions also include support for weekly challenges, leaderboards, and Achievements with accompanying emblems, avatars, and nameplates.

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Halo 5: Guardians live-action trailers All Hail and The Cost released

Microsoft has released both of the live-action trailers for Halo 5: Guardians that were aired during last night’s finale of The Walking Dead. Each video shows a situation from a different perspective, with UNSC’s Spartan Locke doubting Master Chief’s legacy as he stands victorious and the Chief giving Locke a lesson in heroism in The Cost. All Hail is viewable above, and The Cost below, the post. An ongoing series of audio narratives at huntthetruth.tumblr.com offers more of the backstory behind Guardians.

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Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta begins, limited editions detailed

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343 Industries has announced the beginning of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. The beta pits two four-player teams against one another in arena-based combat across seven maps and three game types. Access to the beta is restricted to owners of The Master Chief Collection, and will end on January 19. For those who do participate, any content unlocked for Nightfall and The Master Chief Collection will be carried over into the retail version of Guardians. Coinciding with the beta’s launch is the reveal of three premium editions that have gone up for pre-order: Standard Edition ($59.99), Limited Edition ($99.99), and Limited Collector’s Edition ($249.99). Details for each are available below.

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343 kicks off Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta documentary

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343 Industries has rolled out the first in a new behind-the-scenes series detailing their work on the multiplayer beta of Halo 5: Guardians. The beta is scheduled to launch this month for owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and the new six-part series, The Sprint – Making Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, will follow the developers and development stages as the beta takes shape. The first episode, titled Balance, premiers today at 6 p.m. (CST) on the Halo Channel, Windows 8.1, and Xbox One. A new episode will air each day until the beta launches on December 29. The full schedule, including episode details, is available below.

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(Xbox One Review) Halo: The Master Chief Collection

(Xbox One Review) Halo: The Master Chief Collection

” … it’s now a much better representation of the series that came to define the Xbox.”

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection now in stores, online for Xbox One

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now available for Xbox One. The launch initially kicked off with over 4,000 midnight release events and additional livestreamed festivities, but those who decided to stay in can now grab a copy. The set includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition, an updated Halo 2 with cutscenes by Blur Studios, Halo 3, Halo 4, access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, and the live-action series Halo: Nightfall from Ridley Scott. So pretty much everything but ODST and Wars. Pictures from the livestreamed launch event HaloFest were also released, and those who missed it can watch it on demand through the official site.

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