Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: 343 Industries

Halo Wars 2 trailer up, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition rolling out Dec. 20

343 Industries’ Dan Ayoub released new info about Halo Wars 2 at this year’s The Game Awards. The first bit is a new trailer that centers around Atriox, the leader of the Banished, which can be found below. The other is that everyone who pre-orders the digital version of the Ultimate Edition will receive early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, an enhanced version of the original, along with its downloadable content, for PC and Xbox One. Codes for it will be sent out beginning December 20. A trailer was also released for the Definitive Edition.

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Two tracks by Gordy Haab, Finishing Move released from Halo Wars 2

343 Industries has revealed that Gordy Haab and Finishing Move will be contributing new tracks to Halo Wars 2. Haab has worked on several titles, including Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: The Old Republic, while Finishing Move’s work has appeared in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Two of tunes, “Run, Little Demons” and “Isabel’s Awakening,” have been released on Soundcloud. Check below to give them a listen, and when you’re finished, head over to Xbox.com to read an extensive interview with all three composers.

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Halo 5: Guardians – Anvil’s Legacy out for Xbox One, Forge for PC

343 Industries has released Halo 5: Guardians – Anvil’s Legacy, the entry’s ninth free add-on, and Halo 5: Forge for Windows 10. Accompanying the launches are two overview trailers, one for each drop. Studio head Josh Holme also released a letter going into greater detail about how the two tie together, and what the release of Forge for PC means for the future of Halo 5. PC gamers can download Forge from here. Give the letter a read, and the trailers a look, below.

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Halo 5: Guardians – Anvil’s Legacy DLC, Forge for PC to hit Sept. 8

Halo 5: Forge is set to launch on September 8 for Windows 10. Releasing alongside Forge will be Halo 5: Guardians’ ninth free content update, Anvil’s Legacy. Forge will allow players to create, share, and play on maps for Halo 5, which should be easier with a keyboard and mouse, and will also feature sharper visuals, including support for 4k, the ability to play and host 16-player custom matches, and a new multiplatform content browser. Anvil’s Legacy will also include a streamlined crossover content browser for Forge, plus two new maps (Arena’s Mercy, Warzone’s Temple) and several new REQs. The requisitions will add three weapons, Sound Dampener attachments, and customization options.

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343 Industries releases letter on development plans for Halo Wars 2

343 Industries held an open beta this past June for their upcoming real-time strategy title Halo Wars 2. Today, the studio released a letter detailing what was learned from the feedback sent in during and after the period, and their plans on how they will address several of the reoccurring issues. Some of the topics covered include changes to leader power balance and an increase to the current population count. Check out the full letter below.

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Halo 5: Guardians – Warzone Firefight goes live for free, trailer up

Halo 5: Guardians’ eighth, and according to 343 the largest, free content update has gone live. Warzone Firefight includes two armor sets, three maps, customization options, the Halo 2 Beam rifle, the UNSC air vehicle, and a Forge canvas, Tidal. Additionally, players can tackle the new Score Attack mode in the campaign and Warzone Firefight online. A limited-time promo also kicks off today, the Firefight REQ Reward program, which bestows a Gold REQ Pack to everyone who plays Guardians. Ten are available, the remaining being unlocked by playing in Warzone Firefight. As previously mentioned, Halo 5: Guardians is free to download for Gold members from today until July 5, and the full version is 50% off via Xbox Store.

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Halo 5: Guardians – Warzone Firefight revealed, launching June 29

Halo 5: Guardians will be receiving free additional content next Wednesday in a new update, Warzone Firefight. The eighth expansion will add the new game mode, and update namesake, Warzone Firefight. After some time in beta, the final version of the mode will have a gradually increasing difficulty level, along with new bosses and REQs. The REQs will offer new vehicles, armors, and weapons (UNSC VTOL, AV-49 Wasp, etc.). These will be accessible in Forge as well, which is also getting a new canvas, the ocean-themed Tidal. Multiplayer will be expanded with three new maps: Attack on Sanctum, Prospect, and Molten. The campaign isn’t being left out, either, as it will get Score Attack. As in previous titles, Score Attack allows players to compete with one another for the highest score, solo or in co-op, with points determined by how stylishly enemies are defeated. 343 is planning on showing everyone the ropes with a Firefight pre-release livestream at the official Twitch channel on June 28, 4 p.m. (CST).

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Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition announced for Windows 10

343 Industries will be releasing Halo’s Forge map-making, game-modifying tool suite for Windows 10. The free kit, titled Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition, will also feature some new abilities, including keyboard and mouse support, support for 4K resolution, the ability to allow Friends to test and play creations, and the option to publish and play on Xbox One. The interface is also being optimized for mouse support to allow for quicker navigation. Upcoming updates are set to add new environments, props, palettes, and enhanced file-sharing capabilities.

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Halo 5: Guardians – Memories of Reach, new REQ packs out now

343 Industries has released the final free content update for Halo 5: Guardians, Memories of Reach. The update adds the Arena map Stasis, Noble Team-inspired armor sets, new weapons (Brute Plasma Rifle, Jorge’s Chaingun), and the Infection game mode. As with the previous updates, there are also a number of extra assassinations, emblems, and weapon skins. Several fixes and tweaks are also included, such as the ability to modify matchmaking search preferences and an updated Post Game Carnage Report with medals and more stats. As a bonus, anyone who launches the game after Memories of Reach goes live will receive Memories of Reach Update Pack, a set that comes bundled with single-use REQs.

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Halo 5 – Ghosts of Meridian update to add new weapons, maps

343 Industries has detailed their next free update for Halo 5, Ghosts of Meridian. Slated to go live next week, the new drop will add customization items, maps, vehicles, and weapons. The maps will add one to Warzone (Skirmish at Darkstar) and another to Arena (Tyrant). One of the new weapons is a Legendary gravity hammer dubbed Tartarus’ Gavel, which causes kinetic explosions as well as increases speed, jump height, and shield strength. 343 will be demonstrating the new content on Tuesday, April 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (CST) on their Twitch channel and on Halo Channel.

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