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Halo: Reach is Finally Coming to the Master Chief Collection

Hot on the heels of the reveal that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC, 343 Industries also revealed that Halo: Reach is finally making its way to the collection on both PC and Xbox One. For Xbox players, Reach will come in two packages: the multiplayer component (which will come free for all owners of the Master Chief Collection) and the campaign/firefight component, which is coming as premium DLC. The entirety of Halo: Reach will also be available with a Game Pass subscription. For those who want to play on PC, these components will come in a single package as the first release of 343 Industries’ release schedule.

No information was revealed on a release date or pricing for the Xbox DLC, but 343 may have more information available on Sunday at SXSW.

Source: 343 Industries

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Coming to PC

Despite making a name for itself among shooters, the Halo franchise has been noticeably absent from the PC gaming scene since Halo 2 dropped in 2007. That’s all about to change, however, as 343 Industries announced today that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be launching on the Microsoft Store and Steam. Previously exclusive to Xbox One, The Master Chief Collection is a compilation consisting of all content for Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4.

343 Industries is taking a segmented approach to this launch, releasing each game individually in chronological order (starting with Halo: Reach) as they work on completing the series. There’s no word on a release date yet, but 343 has said that more information will be coming on Sunday at SXSW.

Source: 343 Industries

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Don’t Expect Halo: Battle Royale Anytime Soon

With the massive success that Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have been seeing, many other developers have been latching onto the Battle Royale idea. Established franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield are now adding Battle Royale modes to their upcoming titles. But 343 Industries, the current team manning the Halo franchise, has no interest in bringing Master Chief into the hot genre.

In a recent stream on Mixer, James Bachici and Jeff Easterling of 343 stated that “the only BR [they’re] really interested in is Battle Rifle.” So while EA and Activision made a big to-do at E3 about their foray into Battle Royale, 343 is much more interested in bringing Halo back to its roots.

The next game in the franchise, Halo Infinite, is taking a lot of criticism to heart and trying to fix a lot of the problems people had with Halo 5: Guardians. Most notably, Master Chief will be back as the focal point of the story and the art direction will be much more in-line with what was seen during Bungie’s original trilogy. While 343’s Halo titles have gotten good reviews and have broken sales records, most reviewers feel that 343 has yet to recapture the original titles’ lightning-in-a-bottle feel, so it’s probably for the best that they’re trying to turn Halo into back into Halo and not a big budget Fortnite.

Halo Infinite does not have a true launch date yet, but many are expecting it to be released within the next year.

Source: IGN

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Halo TV Series Officially Enters Production Next Year

Microsoft has been teasing the possibility of a future
Halo TV series for years, and today we finally have a major update on the project. The video game giant has officially reached an agreement with Showtime for a live-action adaptation of one of the most iconic franchises in gaming. Awake creator Kyle Killen has been chosen as executive producer, and the show will enter production early next year.

A first season of ten episodes, each an hour long, has been approved.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt will lend his talents to multiple episodes and will serve alongside Killen as an executive producer. Showtime will partner with Microsoft, 343 Industries, and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television on the project, and distribution will be handled by CBS Studios International.

Showtime’s adaptation of the popular game series “will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”

“Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded. In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction. Kyle Killen’s scripts are thrilling, expansive and provocative, Rupert Wyatt is a wonderful, world-building director, and their vision of Halo will enthrall fans of the game while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate this unique universe.”
— David Nevins, President and CEO of Showtime Networks

There’s no word yet on when the first season will make its debut, but with production beginning early next year we could potentially see it release later in 2019.

Source: IGN

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Microsoft Just Showed a Teaser Trailer for Halo Infinite

Microsoft opened their E3 press conference with a bombshell, revealing a brand new Halo game called Halo Infinite. The teaser showed tons of interesting locales and wildlife, and then ended on a shot of Master Chief driving away. The trailer also confirms that 343 Industries is developing the game with their new Slipspace engine.

Phil Spencer then came out and said Halo Infinite would be Master Chief’s “greatest adventure yet to save humanity.” You can check out the teaser in the video above!

Source: Microsoft E3 2018 Press Conference

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Someone Recreated Super Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road in Halo 5

Some very talented individuals have recreated the infamous Rainbow Road racetrack from the SNES’ Super Mario Kart in Halo 5: Guardians. Thanks to the game’s Forge level editor program, players can race around the circuit in Warthog SUVs while avoiding Thwomps and knocking each other off the map.

The level supports up to ten racers at once, although there are no items like in regular Mario Kart. It may only be a matter of time until the creators figure that one out though.

What’s the best level you’ve ever tried out in Halo Forge? Let us know in the comments below!

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Microsoft Has Released a Teaser Trailer for Halo’s 15th Anniversary Livestream

Halo is one of the most popular and beloved franchises in all of gaming, boasting over 70 million game sales, and in just three days the iconic franchise will celebrate its 15th anniversary. As part of the festivities, Microsoft will be holding a special anniversary livestream on November 15th, beginning at 3:43 PM (a nod to developer 343 Industries) Pacific Time. We’re not sure what all to expect from this presentation, but Microsoft has just released a short teaser trailer for the event, and you can check it out by clicking above!

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Someone Made a Halo 5 Forge Map that Actually Lets You Play Beer Pong

Nothing in college is quite as sacred as drinking a few delicious, wholesome beverages on the weekend. Many folks will use these often hoppy, sometimes grainy (but rarely corny) drinks as a centerpiece for various games and lollygags at friendly get-togethers. Chief among these spirited games is the world-famous Beirut—or as the kids call it these days, “beer pong.” The game is so popular that a Halo 5 Forge Map designer named AFTM Reclaimer has just created a near-perfect replica of classic drinking game in Halo 5 that anyone with a copy of the game can play right now.

Posted on Reddit by
Zandril, the map is designed to be a gigantic version of the classic tabletop set-up, including two sets of ten fairly accurate SOLO cups on either side in a pyramid formation. Two players will take turns throwing grifballs into the opponent’s cups. According to a video posted by Zannyvids, the cups act as goals for the grifballs, which ensures that the balls explode when they go in and lets players know when they score. The only catch is that, in order to make the cups disappear after being scored on, the players must coordinate in a few simple color-coded button presses. The process is a little difficult to describe in text, but the video shows off how simple it actually is.

This is not the first time beer pong has been made in
Halo, though it is definitely the best representation of it. The game is actually more commonly played using mongooses (ATVs in the Halo universe). Players drive off of ramps into a formation of cups in order to score, as opposed to throwing grifballs. Each cup acts as a Stronghold that is instantly captured when players enter it. From there, whoever has the most Strongholds at the end wins.

What do you think of this map? How do you feel about the sheer amount of creativity that goes into many of these Forge maps? Let us know in the comments below!

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Check Out This New Cinematic Story Trailer for Halo Wars 2

Rooster Teeth, the creators of popular web series such as Red vs. Blue and RWBY, hosted their own convention last weekend called RTX. At one of the panels during the event, Dan Ayoub of 343 Industries made an appearance and was able to debut a brand new trailer for Halo Wars 2. This new trailer shows off a gorgeous cinematic cutscene for the game. If you’d like to check it out, you can watch the trailer in the video above!

Halo Wars 2 is available for preorder now and will be releasing on Xbox One and Windows 10 on February 21st, 2017. If you pick up a digital copy of the game, you can play it on both of your systems.

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Halo 5 Will be Free to Play from June 29th to July 5th for Xbox Live Gold Members

On June 29th, Halo 5: Guardians will receive its latest batch of free downloadable content, Warzone Firefight. This will include a new game mode, new maps, new items, and much more. To celebrate this new release of content, Microsoft is making the full game free to play for Xbox Live Gold members from June 29th to July 5th. During this time, the game will also be 50% off to purchase for those who wish to keep playing past the deadline that still don’t own the game.

So if you’re an Xbox Live Gold member and are still thinking about purchasing Halo 5: Guardians, now is the perfect time to try the game out!

What do you guys think about this? Do you like that Microsoft is giving players the chance to play entire games for free, even if it’s for a limited amount of time? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Xbox Wire

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Phil Spencer Says There’s No Reason Microsoft Wouldn’t Launch Halo 6 on PC

There’s currently no main series Halo title available to PC gamers past the second installment, but that might change soon. Despite overlooking a PC version of Halo 5, Xbox boss Phil Spencer suggested that things would be different going forward for the franchise’s developers, 343 Industries. When asked by PC Gamer whether or not there would be any reason Halo 6 wouldn’t make its way to PC, Spencer’s answer was rather clear: “Not at all.”

“You could say I’m cheating a little bit by doing a half thing with putting Forge on PC, because we kind of have the tools working on PC to see what happens, but this is what we did with Forza, with Apex. I said, ‘This isn’t a full Forza game. Going forward, we’re going to bring our Forza games to PC complete.'” — Phil Spencer

Sounds pretty cool. With a potential choice of platform, where would you rather play Halo 6? On a couch, or in your office chair? Sound off in the comments!

Source: PC Gamer

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Halo Wars 2 Launches on February 21st, With an Open Beta Available Now

A new trailer for Halo Wars 2 has been released, in addition to a number of details about the upcoming game. The game will launch on February 21st, 2017, for Xbox One and Windows PC. In addition to this, an open beta is available right now on Xbox One and will last for a week until June 20th. A new faction is also being added to the game in the form of The Banished, with a new enemy leader known as Atreox. The game will be Play Anywhere enabled, meaning it can be bought on either Xbox One or Windows 10 and played on both.

Source: Microsoft E3 2016 Showcase

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The Beta for Halo Wars 2 Will be Available on Monday

Some artwork from Halo Wars 2 recently leaked online that suggested that the game takes place before Halo 3. We also suspected that this leak could have indicated that Microsoft had plans to show off the game at E3 2016. While we’re still unsure about the game’s presence at the trade show, Reddit user TheLittleMoa dug up some information from the Xbox Store about it. This includes new screenshots, as well as a date for a beta test, which starts on June 13th, the day that Microsoft will be holding their press conference, and lasts through June 20th.

The beta will take up 13 GB and is said to support up to six players. While we don’t have more information than that, there’s a good chance that more will be revealed about the game during their press conference this Monday at 9:30 AM PT. Be sure to check back with Gamnesia for more information during E3 2016! For now, you can view screenshots for the game in the gallery below.

Source: Polygon

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Report: Artwork From Halo Wars 2 Has Leaked

During Microsoft’s Gamescom briefing last August, they dropped a bombshell in the form of a trailer for Halo Wars 2. The trailer revealed that Halo Wars 2 would be released sometime this fall, and that it would be developed by 343 Industries. Earlier this week, Twitter user lifelower tweeted some alleged art from Halo Wars 2, which features some interesting details. At the top of the art piece, you may notice the Ark, which was Halo 3‘s final battle site. Brutes, Scarabs, Spartans, and Marines also clash in the art piece, and judging by the number of Spartans and Marines in the picture, Halo Wars 2 could take place before Halo 3. Hopefully more details will be revealed at this year’s E3.

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Loot Crate and 343 Industries are Teaming Up to Make a “Halo Legendary Crate”

Loot Crate is one of many monthly subscription services currently on the market that deliver various apparel items, collectibles, and more to subscribers, and they have just announced a new partnership with 343 Industries for the Halo Legendary Crate, a new subscription service that will deliver Halo-themed boxes every other month for $34.99 per box (plus $5 for shipping). Each box will be themed around the “biggest events in the Halo universe” and will include exclusive Halo gear, in-game content, and collectibles, including a figure from a new line created exclusively for the crate.

The crate is not available for purchase yet, but you can enter your email address on the Loot Crate website linked below to be notified when it is available.

Source: Microsoft, Loot Crate

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Halo 5 Just Got its Second Free DLC Pack, “Hog Wild”

Halo 5‘s second free expansion this month, titled “Hog Wild,” is now live and free for all Xbox One owners. The DLC pack features new Warthogs, armor sets, Reqs, and a weapon scope, though no new multiplayer maps are included.

Following up the Memories of Reach DLC pack that was released earlier this month, Hog Wild features a slimmer offering than the first addition, but there’s still plenty to be excited about. On display here are four new Warthogs, a slew of new armor sets, armor tags, and some original takes on familiar
Halo weaponry.

Hog Wild was originally intended to release with more substantial items, but 343 Industries has stated “more time [was needed] for finishing touches and polish.” Those items will now be releasing in the Warzone Firefight DLC, set to release this June, an offering that 343 states will be the game’s largest to date.

Halo 5 has seen no shortage of new content since its September release last year, with Hog Wild bringing the total of expansions up to six. Will you be downloading Hog Wild? Sound off in the comments.

Source: GameSpot

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Windows 10 is Getting Halo 5’s Forge Mode as a Standalone Game

While some of the early games from the Halo franchise were released for PC, there hasn’t been a full fledged game in the series on any system besides the Xbox (unless you count Halo: Spartan Assault). This may have just changed, with Microsoft announcing that the Forge gamemode of Halo 5: Guardians will be released for Windows 10 this year, as a free download no less. The game will include all current features of the Forge gamemode from the normal Xbox release along with keyboard and mouse support and the ability to run in 4K. For right now, Forge — Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10 is only a stand-alone title, but it is still the only way for fans to experience the game outside of their Xbox.

Do you wish more Halo games would come to PC? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Polygon

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You Can Have Simplified Pokémon Battles in Halo 5 on This Fan-Made Forge Map

Have you ever wished that you could combine Halo and Pokémon somehow? Well, Forge creator Captaindirewolf has your back. Poke’Battle is a forge map created with the intention of bringing the iconic pocket monster battles to Halo 5. The stage begins by having two players stand on opposing platforms, each with three buttons: a red one, blue one, and green one. The three buttons correspond to Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur respectively. Once a player has picked their Pokémon, the battle begins. Whoever picked the opposing side’s weakness is granted a weapon that they can use to kill the other player in order to snag the win. If both sides pick the same Pokémon, then both sides receive weapons to see who can kill the other first.

The fun does not stop with just the three Kanto starters, however. Outside of the main battle, the map is littered with additional Pokémon to discover including Dugtrio, Pikachu, and even a Magikarp. Check out the video showcase above, courtesy of
Zannyvids!

What do you think of
Poke’Battle? Let us know in the comments!

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Mattel is Making Tons of New Toys, Figurines, Vehicles, and More, Based on the Halo Series


The Halo franchise has grown a lot since Bungie first introduced the space epic back in 2001. It now spans across a five billion dollar empire with games, books, movies and more. One of its more simplistic ventures has been through toy lines. Consumer products like these toys actually make up over 1.5 billion dollars of the above figure. So they’re a huge deal. The next line in this series of toys will be coming courtesy of Mattel, who will be showing off the figures this weekend at the New York Toy Fair that are slated for release this fall.

This new line of toys stems from a recent deal between 343 Industries and Mattel. The two companies signed a master licensing agreement, meaning they will now work exclusively hand in hand in creation of all future Halo toys and figures. This won’t be Mattel’s first reign over a Halo-related project, as the legendary toy company has been making Halo MEGA Bloks for a few years now.

You can find a list of the upcoming toys here.

Have you purchased any Halo toys or collectibles in the past? Are there any in the new lineup that caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Xbox Wire

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