Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Halo

gamescom – Microsoft: Halo Wars 2, Killer Instinct S3, DVR, more

Xbox One (System) Killer Instinct Season 3 Gamescom- Screenshot 4

Microsoft made a number of announcements at this year’s gamescom. A few of which include the reveal of Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and Windows 10, currently in development at Creative Assembly, Killer Instinct Season 3, and the addition of Shadow Complex to the backwards compatibility preview program. Speaking of which, Microsoft plans to have up to 100 Xbox 360 titles supported by the November launch. Other announcements included console bundles for Fifa 16 and Halo 5: Guardians, DVR for Over-the Air TV functionality for Xbox One (a subscription-free service, allowing for streaming and transferring between devices), two Halo 5 wireless controllers ($69.99 each), and a chatpad ($34.99). Details, screens, and movies for the games on display can be found below.

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Articles, Convention, PC News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Halo 5: Guardians video documentary, Fall of Reach trailer released

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Microsoft has released the 12-minute Halo 5: Guardians video documentary they debuted at Comic-Con, A Hero Reborn. The behind-the-scenes look features 343 Industries discussing the development of Guardians, detailing their approach in designing the game from the ground up for Xbox One and Live integration. The doc can be viewed below or on the Halo Channel and downloaded on Android and iOS devices, as well as on Xbox One, Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 PCs, Windows 10 Mobile, and tablets. Another topic covered at the panel was how the studio is linking game’s story to other releases in the franchise, including the newly announced Halo: The Fall of Reach animated series, an adaptation of Eric Nylund’s origin novel, and the second story of Hunt the Truth.

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Xbox One News

E3 2015: Microsoft – Backwards compatibility, HoloLens, Gears 4

XXX at the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing on Monday, June 15, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)

Microsoft had a lot to show this year, including an on-stage demonstration of HoloLens, details about the upcoming elite controller, gameplay footage from Gears of War 4, and the debut of the Steam Early Access-like program Xbox Game Preview. There was also the biggest surprise of the event, the reveal that backwards compatibility is coming to the Xbox One. The latter is opening the system up to not only a massive back catalog of titles but also some nice bonuses, such as a free copy of Fallout 3 with Fallout 4 and free copies of Rainbow Six Vegas 1 and 2 with Rainbow Six Siege.

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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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DLC, Xbox One News

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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Xbox One News

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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DLC, Xbox One News

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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Apple Handheld, PC News

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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Xbox One News

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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