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.
It’s the holiday season, so what better time to take a moment and reflect on some of our fondest memories? Whether holiday or gaming related, or simply just something that happened to you randomly, these memories are near and dear to us all. We here at Gamnesia have our own memories as well, and thus we would like to invite you to join Steven, Mark, and Tessie as they recount some of their favorites as they relate to video games.
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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.
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.
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!
When Microsoft launched their Xbox Game Pass initiative, the subscription service was originally designed for gamers to access a wide library of older games at a low monthly rate. The variety of available titles is nice, but fans have since spoken out on wanting to play more of the latest blockbusters on the service—and it looks like Xbox is poised to deliver.
Xbox head Phil Spencer has announced a major expansion for the service, revealing that Xbox Game Pass will soon incorporate all Xbox One-exclusive titles and Microsoft Studios games on the day they launch. This upgrade to the service begins on March 20th with the launch of Rare’s Sea of Thieves, then with State of Decay and Crackdown 3 as they are released, as well as new entries in Microsoft’s other franchises like Halo, Forza, and Gears of War.
Spencer has also confirmed more choices in the subscription offerings, such as a 6-month subscription card at GameStop for $59.99 so that “Xbox Game Pass will have valuable ambassadors in popular destinations for gamers to discover new and exciting games and enjoy community.”
Are you subscribed to Xbox Game Pass? How do you feel about the new expansion to your service? Sound off in the comments section below.
The 2017 inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame have just been announced, after a lengthy election process. This year, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games has chosen to honor Pokémon Red and Blue, Halo: Combat Evolved, Street Fighter II, and the original Donkey Kong; these were chosen from a list of twelve inductees, which included Final Fantasy VII, Portal, Myst, and several other classic titles. This year’s inductees form the “Class of 2017,” the third generation of games to be honored by the Hall of Fame since its inception in 2015. Previous inductees from the Classes of 2015 and 2016 include Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Pac-Man, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Here’s the full list of nominees for this year:
Pokémon Red and Green (or Blue) (1996)
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)
Tomb Raider (1996)
Donkey Kong (1981)
Final Fantasy VII (1997)
Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
Microsoft Solitaire (1991)
Mortal Kombat (1992)
Resident Evil (1996)
Wii Sports (2006)
These nominees were all reviewed by an international committee of journalists and scholars of the video game industry, who announced their final decision earlier this week. The inductees will be honored at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, where the Hall of Fame is located.
Here’s what the committee had to say about each of the four winners:
About Donkey Kong: Released in 1981, Donkey Kong helped to launch the career of legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and became Nintendo’s most profitable game to that point, selling an estimated 132,000 arcade cabinets. Donkey Kong also introduced the world to the plucky plumber Mario—who became the star of numerous other games and one of the most recognizable video game characters in the world. “Without Donkey Kong there would be no Super Mario Bros., a member of the inaugural class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame,” says Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “But Donkey Kong is also about much more than one character. Its overarching narrative of love and its vibrant graphics brought the game to life in a way that few other games could in the early 1980s. It captured the hearts of a generation.”
About Halo: Combat Evolved: When Microsoft released its Xbox system in 2001, more than 50 percent of the consoles sold with the launch game Halo: Combat Evolved. The science-fiction, first-person shooter games combined an intricate storyline, memorable characters like Master Chief, and a dynamic multi-player experience. The game sold more than six million copies and inspired a number of sequels and spin-offs, as well as novels, comic books, and action figures. Says The Strong’s Associate Curator Shannon Symonds, “Until Halo‘s launch, the most successful shooters required a personal computer and the precision offered by a high-quality mouse. Halo proved a console could be just as effective, if not better, than a PC. It also boasted one of the strongest multiplayer experiences of its time and created a legion of hardcore fans that refer to themselves as the ‘Halo Nation.'”
About Pokemon Red and Green:Pokémon created a multinational cultural phenomenon when it was released on the Nintendo Game Boy in 1996 as Pocket Monsters Aka (Red) and Midori (Green). The game challenged players to collect 151 unique monsters, and Nintendo coined the ubiquitous catch-phrase, “Gotta catch ’em all!” As of 2014, the Pokémon franchise has encompassed more than 260 million copies of its games, 21.5 billion trading cards, and numerous spinoffs including more than 800 television episodes and 17 movies. Says Symonds, “PokémonRed and Green launched a franchise that has taken the world by storm, vaulting many of its characters, such as Pikachu, into popular, mainstream culture. Nearly two decades after its inception and with the introduction of Pokemon Go, ‘Poké-mania’ shows little sign of fading.”
About Street Fighter II: Released by Capcom in 1991, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior helped to spark an arcade renaissance in the 1990s. The game inspired numerous sequels and an entire genre of one-on-one fighting games. Capcom sold more than 60,000 original cabinets and a staggering 140,000 cabinets and game conversion kits of the company’s “Champion Edition,” making it one of the top-selling arcade games ever. “Street Fighter II allowed for head-to-head battles between human opponents, instantly attracting spectators and generating fierce tournament play in arcades across the world,” says Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “This communal style of game play reinvigorated the arcade industry in the 1990s and helped give birth to a generation of fighting games.”
What do you guys think? Do you agree with the choice of inductees? What do you think about the Hall of Fame in general? Let us know in the comment below!
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!
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!
Microsoft announced a new, smaller version of their current gen console at E3 this year, and a few days ago the Xbox One S finally launched. What they never told us was that the console holds a little secret relating to one of the Xbox’s flagship franchises. Most owners will never get to see it, but engraved on one of the pieces within the shell is actually a tiny Master Chief. YouTuber Austin Evans took the time to take his own Xbox One S apart, giving us a look at it without having to do the same to our consoles, so you can see it for yourself in the video above! Master Chief pops in around the 1:15 mark, but you can watch the rest if you’re interested in seeing how the device looks under the hood.
What do you think of this hidden engraving? Is having a neat little secret like this worth the effort when very few people are ever likely to come across it? Let us know in the comments!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Halo Wars 2 only debuted a couple hours ago, but an open beta is already available. At the PC Gaming Show, Microsoft took the stage to debut gameplay for the RTS. This marks the first time that the series is coming to PC, and the studio took the time to emphasize mouse-and-keyboard compatibility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.