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Halo 5: Guardians

Watch the Halo 5: Guardians opening cinematic

Enough military speak to sink a fleet
Sep 01
// Joe Parlock
Halo 5: Guardians is on the horizon, and so 343 Industries has given us a peek of the game’s opening cinematic. It’s got your usual Halo stuff: Covenant, people in absurdly big armour, and lots of holograms. The ...
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Halo 5

Master Chief won't be unmasked in Halo 5

Guardian his face
Aug 21
// Brett Makedonski
No one has ever seen the face of Xbox's most popular video game franchise. Master Chief's appearance is nothing more than a suit of armor. 343 Industries says it's staying that way for a while -- at least through Halo 5: Guar...
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Halo 5: Guardians

343i: The problem with split-screen co-op is 'nontrivial'

Dev responds to #BringHalo5SplitScreenBack
Aug 18
// Vikki Blake
Halo 5: Guardians' franchise development director has hit back against criticism that the newest instalment of the shooter will not feature split-screen co-op play.
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There's a hole in my beta, dear Liza
The theme music from Halo 5: Guardians and shots of multiplayer menus (including Warzone, the new 12-on-12 mode) have leaked online following a recent update to this winter's now-defunct beta. Despite having concluded m...

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I'm a big teen now!

Halo 5 first game in series rated T for Teen

Teen friendly, mother approved!
Aug 07
// Jed Whitaker
[Header image from DeviantArt artist Lazeedog.] Great news, teens: you can buy Halo 5: Guardians without an adult as the ESRB has rated it T for Teen, making it the first core game in the series not rated M for Matu...

Halo 5 has some changes that longtime fans will have to get used to

Aug 06 // Brett Makedonski
Longtime Halo players might find this change jarring or even possibly off-putting. There are people who pride themselves on getting their way through the story on legendary difficulty, trying again and again until they finally hit the next checkpoint. Halo 5 could render that sensation largely moot thanks to a new revival system that's akin to the one in Gears of War. It gives second chances, something that Halo hasn't really done before. Design director Brad Welch says he doesn't think that will be the case. He commented that those who are playing on those higher difficulties will find a familiar level of challenge. "We've approached Halo from a completely new perspective," he said. "It might take people a little while to adjust, but we've worked for a long time on the balancing," he offered as he explained that being careless with your teammates will just lead to everyone dying rather quickly. Once that happens, it's right back to the checkpoint. There's a similar AI implementation in multiplayer that's a departure from what everyone has been used to. The 12-on-12 Warzone mode will feature computer-controlled bosses and defenders, as opposed to humans dictating all of the action. Again, Holmes and Welch say it'll take some getting used to, but this expanded game is their vision for Halo 5. [embed]297354:59849:0[/embed] Warzone's particularly significant in that it's one half of 343 Industries' initial multiplayer push. Classic four versus four arena play is available for purists, but Warzone is the mode for those who want action in larger numbers. Holmes explained that they designed these two kinds of multiplayer with two different types of player in mind -- that's why they're distinct styles. In fact, Warzone is such a priority that 343 is launching Halo 5 with it in place instead of Big Team Battle. However, Holmes clarified that Big Team Battle would be implemented within weeks of release. This is rather indicative of the developer's approach to post-launch content. Halo 5 will ship with 20 maps, but it'll eventually grow to around 50 -- all of those being added for free. Holmes elaborated that he wanted to get away from paid map packs because those do nothing but segment the community. He wants everyone to be able to play with whomever they want without putting that access behind a paywall. It's ambitious for sure, but everything about Halo 5 is ambitious. The sheer scale of it all tips its hand about that. 343 Industries and Microsoft are both on a mission to make a lot more Halo, and it looks like they'll accomplish that goal in the short-term -- even if it means players will have to make some small adjustments.
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There's a lot of the familiar, though
It was one year ago when I sat with 343 Industries as key developers told me all about the studio's plans for The Halo Channel. At the time, Halo 5: Guardians was more than a year on the horizon, and Halo: The Master Chi...

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Halo 5

Halo 5's new trailer has an excellent sliding kill

Where do you slide?
Aug 04
// Brett Makedonski
I'm at Microsoft's gamescom press conference battling bad Wi-Fi and mashing the keyboard in hopes that words magically form. Sometimes I get a chance to look up at the what's happening on the screen. It just so happens that ...
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Halo: Fleet Battles

Tabletop wargame Halo: Fleet Battles available now

The Fall of Reach
Jul 20
// Darren Nakamura
Man, look at those dice. There's some explosions, there's a "no" symbol, and there's the iconic Halo skull. I don't know exactly how Halo: Fleet Battles plays, but I do love me some custom dice. Halo: Fleet Battles is based o...
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Hail to the Chief: Halo moves past 65 million series sales

That's across ten titles
Jul 13
// Brett Makedonski
Halo is Xbox's flagship franchise and for good reason. Since launching alongside the original Xbox, the Halo series has managed to sell more than 65 million copies. That's some Spartan-like resolve. News of the milestone...
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Halo animation

First look at Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series

It's going to show John's arms and legs
Jul 10
// Jordan Devore
Here's a look at Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series out of San Diego Comic-Con. An adaptation of Eric Nylund's 2001 novel, it will explore the origin of the Master Chief and Blue Team. Considering those same ...
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Halo 5

All of Halo 5's pre-order bonuses will be unlockable through gameplay

That's a nice change of pace
Jun 24
// Brett Makedonski
We've gotten used to a certain routine with regard to pre-order bonuses. Typically, they'll be made available weeks or months after release for a nominal fee. For those who are content to wait even longer, it's usually all in...
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Halo 5: Guardians

Here's what you get in the Halo 5 Limited Collector's Edition

Would you pay $250 for it?
Jun 18
// Vikki Blake
Amazon has unveiled the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition. The bundle comes with a Spartan-themed Steelbook, Spartan Locke's Classified Orders, the Halo: The Fall of Reach - Animated Series, Warzone REQ Bundle: 14...
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Microsoft at E3

Halo 5 will feature 24-player mode with 'Warzone Multiplayer'

Coming this October
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
[Update: watch some footage of the campaign below.] Today at its E3 conference in LA, Microsoft revealed a brand new mode for Halo 5 called "Warzone." It basically looks like PlanetSide, Halo-style. and features tons of...
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All new Halo games will be publicly beta tested first, says 343i head

Beta safe than sorry, right?
Jun 11
// Vikki Blake
From here on in, all new Halo games will be preceded by public beta testing.  "Going forward, you will never see a Halo game coming out without a beta. [Master Chief Collection] was obviously painful for our fans and for...
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Halo 5 no co-op

Halo 5 campaign doesn't have splitscreen co-op

Preserve 60FPS gameplay
Jun 10
// Steven Hansen
I have only ever played Halo campaigns in split-screen, couch-sharing co-op. This streak will end with Halo 5: Guardians, according to this month's Game Informer cover story, because Halo 5 does not support splitscreen co-op,...
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Halo 5 story details

Nathan Fillion returning for Halo 5: Guardians

Fresh story details
Jun 09
// Jordan Devore
Uncanny. Nathan Fillion, who played Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck in the well-liked Halo 3: ODST, will be back for Halo 5: Guardians. That's him up there looking like his usual dashing self. Game Informer has new details about...
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Halo Collection DLC

Halo 3: ODST and new map available now for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Mountain Dew achievement unlocked
May 30
// Jed Whitaker
Halo 3: ODST and Remnant, a re-imagined version of the classic Halo 2 map Relic are now available for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a day after the previously leaked release date. Fans who played the collection online p...
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Halo 3: ODST goes 1080p60

Halo 3: ODST comes to Halo: The Master Chief Collection this Friday?

Free if you played before Dec. 19, 2014
May 26
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: The release date listing for the ODST campaign was a placeholder, according to the official Halo Twitter account. "We continue final testing and will make an official announcement once our release date is determined...
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Halo 5

343: Spartans were stolen kids sent in to 'clean up the ugly'

Lucky it's not real, eh?
May 15
// Vikki Blake
In the latest instalment of its viral promotional campaign HUNT THE TRUTH, Halo 5: Guardians developer 343 Industries has revealed "dark" information about how the Spartan Program came to be.  A (fake) interview by (fict...
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Halo 5

Halo 5 branded Xbox One Console incoming

This drop pod contains some highly sought after cargo
Apr 27
// Laura Kate Dale
Rejoice, Halo fans who were smart enough to wait for Halo 5 rather than jumping on the broken hand grenade that was The Master Chief Collection, there's a limited edition Halo 5 themed Xbox One in the works. Announced on Twi...
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Latest Halo: Master Chief Collection patch brings improvements to ranking, stability

But is it too little too late?
Apr 22
// Vikki Blake
The latest patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection -- which focuses on "ranking, matchmaking penalties, stability, as well as game-specific improvements for each title" -- also confirms that progress on the remastered Hal...
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Halo Online

Halo Online doesn't look half bad in motion

Relatively speaking
Mar 26
// Jordan Devore
Yeah, this is about what I would expect from a free-to-play, multiplayer-only Halo game for Russia. That fast-forwarded run through the customization menu at 0:33 is telling -- rentable weapons, boosts, and "special offers."...
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Halo Online

Multiplayer-only Halo Online headed to Russia

You know what's good? Money
Mar 25
// Jordan Devore
Halo Online sounds like something you'd see scribbled on a homemade DVD complete with copyright-infringing cover art but, no, it's a proper PC game in development at Saber Interactive. Granted, it's a free-to-play, multiplaye...
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Mysterious Halo 5 Guardians countdown on tumblr

Mar 20
// Jed Whitaker
A Halo 5 Guardians tumblr with a countdown clock and the hashtag #HUNTtheTRUTH has been discovered. The countdown ends under three days from now. Oh boy. Who wants to take a guess at what is revealed? A second season of Halo:...
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Halo 3: ODST

One screen of ODST in Master Chief Collection sums up the past four months

Take it all in
Mar 13
// Brett Makedonski
Halo 3: ODST is getting added to The Master Chief Collection sometime in the near future. It's going to be free for anyone that owned The Master Chief Collection prior to December 19, and it'll likely be paid D...
Halo photo

More than three months later, The Master Chief Collection still doesn't work

And it's unacceptable
Feb 23
// Brett Makedonski
This isn't "news" per se, but it warrants a reminder: more than three months after launch, Halo: The Master Chief Collection still doesn't work. It released on November 11, 2014, and on February 23, 2015 the matchmaking ...
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Halo: MCC

There won't be a public beta of the latest Halo: The Master Chief Collection update

Maybe the public should be testing, though?
Feb 10
// Jason Faulkner
The Halo: Master Chief Collection saga has been a tumultuous one. It was released back in November, and we're still hearing about fixes and updates. But there's a team hard at work on delivering a smooth experience for player...
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Halo 5

The Halo 5 beta had exactly one Killpocalypse, here it is

He's probably better than you
Feb 06
// Brett Makedonski
Any Killpocalypse medal earned in Halo is an impressive one. Perhaps that's why there was only a singular instance of it happening throughout the entirety of the Halo 5: Guardians beta. For those who aren't in the know,...
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Halo 5 changes

Player feedback led to these changes in Halo 5

For starters, you can disable Spartan Abilities in custom games
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
Given the adjustments to the long-running Halo formula present in Halo 5: Guardians, players were bound to be vocal about what they did and didn't like in the multiplayer beta. 343 Industries is incorporating that feedback in...
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Halo MCC still broken

Halo: The Master Chief Collection players must wait for next major patch

You made me promises, promises, you knew you'd never keep
Feb 02
// Jason Faulkner
There were some shaky launches last year. While Assassin's Creed: Unity had faces disappearing and slowdown, and Dragon Age: Inquisition had weird character freezes and misfiring dialog triggers, these games couldn'...

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