Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: 343 Industries

Lockout being reimagined for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Microsoft has announced that Lockout will join Halo 2 multiplayer maps Ascension, Coagulation, Sanctuary, and Zanzibar in being reimagined for the upcoming compilation Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Max Hoberman, president of Certain Affinity and one of Halo 2’s lead designers, described some of the changes to the three-level map: “most prominent among these are a bit of cover added to the ‘Elbow,’ the long walkway connecting the grav lift to the sniper tower, and a dynamic element that should help counter an entrenched group of enemies.” Lockout will also be one of the levels playable at the Xbox Booth (#412, #422, #432) at PAX Prime. 343 Industries will be hosting a number of events at PAX, including a signing, a panel, and a weekend-long tournament, details of which can be found below. Gamers not attending can check out a livestream of the events at the Halo Twitch channel.

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Convention, Xbox One News

Halo 5: Guardians slated to hit Xbox One in 2015

Halo 5 (Xbox One) Announcement - Header

343 Industries has announced that they are currently developing the fifth entry in the main Halo line, Guardians. Currently scheduled to ship in fall 2015, 343 explained that the extended development cycle is because a “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.” The studio also noted that Guardians will be larger than Halo 4, in terms of “content and scope” and tech, namely “a brand new and more powerful engine.”

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Xbox One News

Halo: Spartan Assault on sale for Windows 8, headed to Steam

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The top-down shooter Halo: Spartan Assault will be available on Steam starting on April 4. Set between Halo 3 and 4, Spartan Assault puts players in the role of two soldiers as they battle a besieging Covenant force. The $4.99 shooter will be on sale from April 3-9 for $1.99 for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. According to the Steam listing, the new version will also be compatible with Windows 7 and Vista.

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PC News

(Xbox 360 Review) Halo: Spartan Assault

(Xbox 360 Review) Halo: Spartan Assault

“… a solid if short top-down shooter that serves both solo- and co-op-minded players, but the influence of microtransactions makes for an overly limited experience.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews

Halo: Spartan Assault deploying tomorrow on Live for 360

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Microsoft announced that they will be releasing Halo: Spartan Assault for 360 tomorrow. Gamers who purchased the Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 version before December 15 will be able to download the game for $4.99, while new players will be able to purchase the title for $14.99. The 360 version will feature over 30 missions, including the Operation Hydra expansion, and online co-op play (not supported with Xbox One multiplayer). Spartan Assault, set between Halo 3 and 4, is a top-down shooter that tasks players with battling the Covenant as part of the newly formed Spartan Ops program.

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Xbox 360 News

Forge Island launches for Halo 4, Great Anvils added to Forge mode

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The recently revealed Forge Island expansion for Halo 4’s Forge mode is now available on Live. The download features three modifiable islands, known collectively as the Great Anvils, as well as new building materials for the map-creation mode. Forge Island is available through Halo 4’s in-game store or Live Marketplace, and weighs in at 150 megs.

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DLC, Xbox 360 News

Halo 4 – Majestic Map Pack detailed, to be released next week

New details have been announced about the second of three upcoming map packs for Halo 4, the Majestic Map Pack. The Certain Affinity- and 343 Industries-developed entry in the War Games Map Pack series will launch next Monday, February 25, with three small- to medium-sized maps, detailed below, as well as two Majestic DLC playlists and a new free-for-all mode, Infinity Rumble.

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DLC, Xbox 360 News

Halo 4 to begin last half of Spartan Ops: Season One this month

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Halo 4’s Spartan Ops: Season One will continue shortly with a recently announced five-week run of content. The new drops will launch between January 21 through February 24, adding more episodic adventures for players to see the crew of the UNSC Infinity through. Episodes 6-10 will feature Fireteam Crimson searching for Spartan Thorne on planet Requiem, squaring off against Jul ‘Mdama and his Covenant cult, and beyond. According to the press release, players can look forward to vehicular and on-foot combat as well as gunbattles with Promethean and Covenant forces.

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Xbox 360 News

Halo 4 launching at midnight in over 10,000 stores, 343 to join in

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The Chief will return in his first new adventure in five years at midnight with the launch of Halo 4. Microsoft has announced that over 10,000 retail stores around the world will be opening their doors at 12:01 tomorrow morning for gamers who can’t wait to don the green armor again. The University Village Microsoft Store in Seattle will host the biggest event, with kiosks housing playable units, prizes, and 343 Industries staff on hand to meet fans.

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Xbox 360 News

The invasion of Requiem featured in new Halo 4 terminal video

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A new video preview for Halo 4 detailing the Covenant invasion of Requiem has launched at Halo Waypoint. The footage is from one of the terminal videos that can be found throughout Halo 4, which offer additional background on the surrounding events. The prologue offers a glimpse of the initial assault on the Forerunner world. To check out the video, head on over to Waypoint.

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Xbox 360 News