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At this point, Halo 5 hasn't even been out for an entire month, but it's already proving to be one of the hottest, most fun titles of the year. And you if not for the fact that a certain little title called Fallout 4 just came out, Halo 5 would still be the market's current darling. As we reported at the start of the month, the game sold $400 million worth of copies in its first week, so in all regards, it's proving to be a major success for both 343 Industries and Microsoft. If you've got the game, you'll be happy to know that new content is not going to take long to get here. That's right, even... Read more...
To say that the Halo franchise is a big deal for Microsoft and Xbox gamers is a serious understatement. Halo remains the most recognizable gaming property for the Xbox platform, and the release last week of Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One was nothing short of spectacular. Microsoft reports that in its first week of availability, Halo 5: Guardians brought in over $400 million in global sales. Microsoft specifically mentions “games and hardware” in that figure, so the company is likely including Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One bundles in that figure, which skews those numbers a bit. After all, the... Read more...
Fans of Halo who don't happen to own an Xbox would do well to pay attention to a little snippet that just came out of an interview with Microsoft's Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor. When questioned about whether or not we'd ever see Halo 5 on the PC, he gave the impression that it could indeed happen. "There is plenty of chance that Halo 5 could appear on the PC", he says, but he's quick to follow up with, "Nothing to announce at this point." However, giving us all the hope in the world that this could happen, he notes that the game was developed on Intel PCs, so it wouldn't be... Read more...
Microsoft and 343 Industries have been stomping out bugs like the Orkin Man ever since Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched in November of last year, but they keep popping up. Not only has it created an embarrassing situation, but 343 Industries had to cancel an official Halo tournament after the Xbox One title had trouble connecting players.343 Industries delivered the news via Twitter by saying, "We're aware of and investigating party joinability issues. As a result, we'll be canceling HCS Cup #1, and apologize for the inconvenience." It's worth pointing out that the Halo Champion Series,... Read more...
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is about to get a pretty sweet content update. In a blog post today, developer 343 Industries announced that Halo 3: ODST and Halo 2's Relic map remake are both on track to be added to the collection next month, details of which will be shared at a later date. Those details will include the final map name for the Relic remake, specific release date, and more.While you wait, you can enjoy some new features and bug fixes courtesy of a currently available content update. One of the changes the update brings is penalizing quitters and betrayal -- in ranked playlists,... Read more...
Although we have to wait until October 27 when Halo 5 officially launches for the Xbox One, another Halo: Spartan Strike is now available for iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Steam for the relatively low price of $5.99. And you don’t have to worry about dealing with ridiculous microtransactions as seen with the Halo: Spartan Assault. All in-game purchases are taken care of with currency that you earn as you progress through the game. Spartan Strike is a top-down gaming affair and you control your on-screen action using dual control sticks. Compared to Spartan Assault, Microsoft says that Spartan... Read more...
While it’s not the smoking hot of a deal that Amazon delivered to gamers late last month (Xbox One console, an extra wireless controller, and three games for $349), Microsoft is offering up a new Xbox One bundle for gamers that have Master Chief on the brain. The new Xbox One bundle brings Halo: The Master Chief Collection as a free digital download. For those that need a refresher, Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4. The new bundle is priced at $349, so you’re essentially receiving four games for free. According... Read more...
Microsoft has encountered more than a few issues with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The compilation title launched in November and was fraught with issues, the chief of which was broken multiplayer. Players were subject to long wait times to enter matches, broken matchmaking, and various other issues that made the multiplayer — the hallmark of the Halo games — unplayable. Microsoft and 343 Industries, the new stewards of the Halo franchise, have heard the cries of gamers and are offering to make amends. In addition to ongoing updates to address the multiplayer issues, 343 Industries chief... Read more...
Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been out for only a couple of days but players are still experiencing matchmaking issues. The game’s developer, 343 Industries, has been working to resolve the problem but the issue still persists for some. According to a post from the developer, it has released a server-side update that has improved the matchmaking times for some users while others are still experiencing longer wait times. Additional updates were released last night that increased the amount of players able to enter matches. However, 343 Industries also pointed at Xbox Live Services... Read more...
Good news for you Halo fans -- and there are a lot of you, based on previous sales -- you can now pre-order Halo: The Master Chief Collection in disc or digital form for $60. There are various rewards to be had, depending on where you place your pre-order. For example, pre-ordering through GameStop gets you the Bandana Skull (unlimited ammo and grenades), while going through Best Buy earns you $10 in Reward Certificates. Ready for a reality check on quickly time flies? It's been 13 years since the release of Halo: Combat Evolved, and 10 years since the release of Halo 2. During that time, over... Read more...
There is a lot of Halo content coming around the corner this holiday season for fans of the sci-fi video game franchise. Both the Halo Channel and Halo: The Master Chief Collection are launching in November while fans will gain access to the Halo 5 multiplayer beta in late December. But if that isn’t enough Halo for fans, Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced Halo: Spartan Strike. Halo: Spartan Strike is a top-down, twin-stick shooter in the same vein as Halo: Spartan Assault, which was released last year, and is set in the year 2552 during the events of Halo 2. The game comes with... Read more...
Microsoft has been updating and improving on Cortana, its personal assistant for the Windows Phone and a popular character from the Halo franchise, since it was rolled out. Microsoft’s response to Apple’s personal assistant Siri has continued to improve and expand with Bing integration and Cortana being brought to Nokia phones. Now, Microsoft is giving its personal assistant the ability to speak Klingon and use pictures. Windows Phone users who ask Cortana questions about Halo, where it is an artificial intelligence that helps the franchise’s protagonist Master Chief, or other... Read more...
Halo fans looking forward to more about the Halo Channel and Halo: Nightfall were in for a treat at PAX Prime. At the convention, 343 Industries revealed some more information about the channel and the live-action series. Halo: Nightfall, a live-action series, was shot in Iceland and is set between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. It takes place on Halo Alpha, which was destroyed by Master Chief at the end of the first Halo game. Though destroyed, a fragment of the halo ring has been orbiting a star and is partially functional. Because it orbits around a star, the surface is inhospitable for several... Read more...
Here is some odd-ball news for your Friday: Microsoft just released a mouse that sports an image of Master Chief. It’s not surprising to see Microsoft promoting its beloved Halo protagonist, but it is weird to see the Chief on an ordinary mouse, given how rarely it has made PC appearances. Whatever Microsoft’s reasons, the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Halo Limited Edition: The Master Chief is up for pre-order now on through GameStop, and we’re not going to be the ones to tell the Chief his mouse is under-equipped. The $29.95 Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 is a good all-around... Read more...
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