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11:45 AM on 06.17.2014

Agent Locke is Master Chief's Spartan foil in Halo 5: Guardians

While Chief boasts top-billing in Halo 5: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Agent Locke (pictured above) will have a "key role" in the proceedings, 343 studio boss Bonnie Ross told Eurogamer. Apparently Ridley Scott's digital serie...

Steven Hansen

4:51 PM on 06.09.2014

Halo 2: Anniversary comparison hits right in the nostalgia

As part of the Master Chief Collection that was announced this morning, Halo 2: Anniversary is getting a fully remastered face lift just as Halo: Combat Evolved did three years ago with Halo: Anniversary. So, the game lo...

Brett Zeidler



Get the Halo 5 beta with The Master Chief Collection photo
Get the Halo 5 beta with The Master Chief Collection
by Jordan Devore

Folks who pre-order Halo: The Master Chief Collection will gain entry to the multiplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians this December, as announced during Microsoft's E3 media briefing.

A short CG trailer was shown which promised 60 frames per second, dedicated servers, next-generation arena combat, and new Spartan abilities. The beta will see the debut of "new game modes and features," according to 343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross.

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Microsoft reveals Halo: The Master Chief Collection, its biggest HD bundle ever photo
Microsoft reveals Halo: The Master Chief Collection, its biggest HD bundle ever
by Brett Makedonski

Microsoft has said as recently as a few months ago that we'll see more Halo in 2014. It turns out that the next installment in Xbox's flagship franchise isn't so much a progression of the series as it is a retelling of the canon with a makeover. This will come in the form of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a tetralogy consisting of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4.

The Master Chief Collection, as the name suggests, serves to tell the story of Master Chief before it's continued in 2015's Halo 5: Guardians. It will be available only on Xbox One on November 11, 2014, and will retail for $59.99. Included with the package is access to watch all the episodes of the Halo: Nightfall series as they release, and entry into the Halo 5 multiplayer beta which will take place in December 2014.

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2:30 PM on 06.06.2014

Marty O'Donnell files lawsuit against Bungie for unpaid benefits

Almost two months ago, longtime music composer for Bungie, Marty O'Donnell, was let go by the studio. According to O'Donnell, the termination was without cause. He may have had his hand forced, but O'Donnell's not going down ...

Brett Makedonski

4:30 PM on 06.04.2014

Ridley Scott's Halo film has begun filming in Ireland

According to the Belfast Telegraph, Ridley Scott's (Prometheus) mysterious "digital feature" has begun filming. It's set to come out later this year. Scott is attached as executive producer, and Battlestar Galactica director ...

Steven Hansen



Xbox One's free Games with Gold are now available to download photo
Xbox One's free Games with Gold are now available to download
by Brett Makedonski

We've known for a little while now that Xbox One was finally going to be included in Microsoft's continuing Games with Gold program beginning in the month of June. We just didn't know when in June that was going to take effect. Apparently, the answer is June 3.

Right now, both Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault are free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. They can be downloaded via the console or on Xbox.com. Remember though: Regular Games with Gold rules don't apply to Xbox One titles. You have to maintain an active Gold subscription to be able to keep them.

Halo: Spartan Assault [Xbox]
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood [Xbox]

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10:45 AM on 05.27.2014

Float and sputter: Halo assets coming to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

Previously, we have seen Skyrim and Marvel come to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, but the flagship Xbox franchise Halo has been suspiciously absent. You don't think Microsoft would pass up on an opportunity to marry two of its...

Darren Nakamura



Tuesday Newsday: Far Cry 4, Halo 5, Bombshell & TwitchTube photo
Tuesday Newsday: Far Cry 4, Halo 5, Bombshell & TwitchTube
by Max Scoville

There's been a whole bunch of interesting stuff to talk about in the last week! Halo 5: Guardians has been announced for 2015, Far Cry 4 is coming this fall, Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction has been rebranded as Bombshell, Tom Clancy's The Division is basically pulling a Watch Dogs and disappearing into development for another year or two, Playstation Now beta invites are going out to PS4 owners, and Twitch TV might be acquired by YouTube. Wild!

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8:00 AM on 05.17.2014

Halo messiah explains why Halo 5 is coming out in 2015

Halo messiah Frank O'Connor took to Halo Waypoint to add a little more info regarding Halo 5: Guardians. Specifically he detailed exactly why we're not going to see the next numerical entry into a Halo series until next year....

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Microsoft announces Halo 5: Guardians, set for fall of 2015 photo
Microsoft announces Halo 5: Guardians, set for fall of 2015
by Brett Makedonski

Microsoft and 343 Industries have revealed that the next installment in Master Chief's continuing saga will be Halo 5: Guardians. It is scheduled to only come to Xbox One, and is slated for a fall of 2015 release window.

This will be the first new entry in the Halo series on Microsoft's new console, and as such, Halo 5: Guardians is being built from the ground up specifically for Xbox One. According to 343 Industries, a new engine was created for the game which gives the developers more power and capacity to work with. This will result in a title that runs at 60 frames per second and is "massive."

However, it doesn't sound like Halo 5: Guardians is all that Microsoft has in mind for Halo in the near future. Bonnie Ross, the 343 Industries general manager, noted that a journey "definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step." She added that more information will be revealed at the June 9 Xbox E3 press conference, and that 343's "confident that Halo fans will be pretty excited about the special plans in store."

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5:30 PM on 05.12.2014

Halo: CE multiplayer will live on through official patch from Bungie

A little over a month ago GameSpy Technology announced they were shutting down on May 31, and their server hosting along with them. Various games have found solutions with different levels of official support, but some titles...

Brett Zeidler

4:30 PM on 05.07.2014

Microsoft's hiring for new game in 'established strategy franchise'

Microsoft plans to begin working on a new strategy title. Not that it made a public announcement or anything, but a job posting on LinkedIn outs its intentions. The position is for a team lead on a "new AAA title within ...

Brett Makedonski



Call of Duty: Advanced Manfare, Halo with Boobs?, and a Lot of Beverages - Tuesday Newsday  photo
Call of Duty: Advanced Manfare, Halo with Boobs?, and a Lot of Beverages - Tuesday Newsday
by Bill Zoeker

Lots of things happened in the game-o-sphere this week. Kevin Spacey scored the manliest name for his character in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We found out the Halo TV series may be produced in conjunction with Showtime, so there has to be boobs in it, right? Sunset Overdrive launched a fake beverage campaign, while Mountain Dew decided to bottle Baja Blast for some reason. We've also had a lot of rumblings out of the world of the Oculus Rift, and seen a whole new side of Disney Infinity.

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9:30 AM on 05.05.2014

Microsoft in talks to partner with Showtime for Halo TV series

That upcoming Halo TV show? Variety says that it looks like Microsoft and Showtime are going to team up for its distribution. If this goes down, the live-action show will show up first on cable, and then become available on c...

Dale North

6:30 PM on 05.02.2014

Your Halo: Combat Evolved dreams can persist with GameRanger

With Halo: Combat Evolved's impending loss of online functionality via GameSpy on the horizon, players were about to have to say goodbye to online multiplayer and matchmaking. Again. But third-party program GameRanger has swo...

Brittany Vincent