Halo 2’s Terminals Will Build Up to Halo 5

June 17, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Remember how Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition added terminals throughout the game, which revealed new story details from the point of view of 343 Guilty Spark and provided a connection to the then-unreleased Halo 4? Well, in an interview with Eurogamer, 343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross said the remastered version of Halo 2 will contain similar terminals that build up to the story of Halo 5: Guardians. These terminals, however, will come from the point of view of Thel ‘Vadam (the Arbiter).

That’s not the only thing that will fill the gap to Halo 5, either. Nightfall, Ridley Scott’s live action series, will feature the new Spartan character, Agent Locke. It will tell Locke’s backstory, so you get to know and understand him. She hinted that the Halo TV series produced by Steven Spielberg (separate from Scott’s series) will be connected to Halo 5, as well, but we aren’t sure how.

Even with the emphasis on Locke, the Master Chief is still the main character, and Halo 5 is still his story. It’s starting to sound as though the Arbiter will have a big role, though, and we can’t wait to see what form that will take.

If all that isn’t enough content to pave the way to the next game, the Master Chief Collection will also have a new prologue and epilogue that will “tie you up and leave you on the doorstep of Halo 5.” What do you think these new scenes will be like?

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The Visual Changes to the New Halo 2 Are Staggering

June 12, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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In the recently announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection, we’ll finally get the long-awaited remake of Halo 2. And, unlike some remastered games, this is far more than a little sprucing up. From the official screenshots, it looks as though the game’s visuals have been completely redone to add more life and detail.

Don’t take our word for it, though. CramGaming has compiled the screenshots of the old look versus the new look into one handy video.

It looks pretty good to us. On the other hand, if you find yourself wanting the original Halo 2 look, you’ll be able to switch between the two as you play. What do you think? Is this how to remaster a game, or what?

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Contains Games 1-4 and More

June 9, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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If you’re a Halo fan and you didn’t get to see Microsoft’s E3 press conference, we’re pleased to inform you that Microsoft definitely intends to start your Halo Xbox One experience this year, even though Halo 5: Guardians won’t be out until 2015. The good news is that there is a Halo 2 Anniversary Edition.

The better news is that it’s not alone.

On November 11, Xbox One users will be able to play Halo: The Master Chief Collection at 1080p/60 fps, with dedicated servers. It contains:

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
  • Halo 2 Anniversary (with its multiplayer just as you remember it)
  • Halo 3
  • Halo 4
  • All levels/modes unlocked
  • “Nightfall,” the live action Halo series from Ridley Scott
  • Over 100 multiplayer maps
  • Custom playlists (for which you can draw on all four games)
  • Halo 5: Guardians beta

Take a look.

And while you’re at it, check out some Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer gameplay.

Finally, since we haven’t lost sight of the next game in all of this excitement, don’t forget to watch the new and exciting trailer for Halo 5: Guardians.

We had some theories about the new Spartan already…but is that our old friend Thel ‘Vadam (the Arbiter) talking to him?

It’s hard to know what we should be more excited for. Share your thoughts on the Master Chief Collection and Halo 5 in the comments below.

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Halo 2: Anniversary Edition Could Be a Reality

June 7, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Last E3, Microsoft promised that the Xbox One Halo experience would begin in 2014. Most fans took this to mean Halo 5 would be releasing this year, but we now know that’s not the case. Other than Halo 5, the most popular guess fans have had for the 2014 Halo Xbox One game is a remake, or anniversary edition, of Halo 2.

Microsoft has been pretty quiet on the subject, but when Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced that new drivers will allow you to use your Xbox One controller with your PC, he included a picture of an Xbox One controller being used with a tablet…which was running Halo 2.

Halo 2 tablet

Now, this isn’t a definitive sign of Halo 2 Anniversary, but Major Nelson has to know the excitement surrounding that possibility. Why did he choose that game to show in the picture? Well, whatever Microsoft has planned for Halo, we’ll probably find out in just a couple of days at E3.

We also hope to learn more about Halo 5: Guardians. We still don’t know a lot about it, although we’ve been told it will feature strong female characters, despite the Spartan in the logo not being a woman.

You know, if Halo 2 Anniversary is released in 2014 and Halo 5 is released in 2015, that will match up perfectly with the statement Steve Downes officially never made. We’ll know soon enough.

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Xbox One Games With Gold Begins This Month

June 3, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Last month we learned that Games With Gold (the newer, Xbox equivalent of the free games given to subscribers of Sony’s PlayStation Plus) would finally be coming to the Xbox One. As with PS+, you’ll only be able to keep these games for as long as you’re a member of Xbox Live Gold, which is a change from the Xbox 360 version of the program.

Well, it’s June, and that means the first Games With Gold Xbox One games are now available. If you’re a Gold member, you can pick up Halo: Spartan Assault and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood for free now.

By the way, if you’re a Gold member without an Xbox One, you can still “purchase” the free games to register them to your account, so they’ll be there for you to download if and when you do get an Xbox One.

It’s great to see Games With Gold finally come to the new console. Are you interested in either or both of these games? What titles would you like see brought to the program in the future?

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Halo 5: Guardians Set for Fall 2015

May 16, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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After many rumors and much speculation, we finally have a release window (as well as an updated title) for Halo 5, although it’s one that might disappoint some fans. Halo 5: Guardians is set to release sometime in fall 2015.

Some people are understandably upset that it isn’t coming out this year, but Microsoft has repeated its earlier statements that the trailer shown at last year’s E3 was never meant to be for Halo 5 specifically, but rather to alert fans that the Xbox One Halo “journey” would begin in 2014.

However, Microsoft still isn’t going to tell us what the 2014 part of the journey entails. 343 Industries General Manager Bonnie Ross has said more information about that will be revealed at E3. Of course, the most popular rumor is that a Halo 2 Anniversary remake will be released this year, which would match previous rumors.

Rumors are flying about Halo 5, as well, so let’s take them one at a time. First, the official art (pictured above) shows another Spartan. Early reactions suggested the character would be Cortana in human form, Kelly-087, or Sarah Palmer. However, executive producer Josh Holmes shot them all down with a single message:

Note that this character is referred to as he, so this isn’t a female Spartan. (And since Holmes clearly calls him a “mysterious Spartan,” he probably isn’t the Bornstellar-Didact, either.) As for him being a new character, that still leaves some room for interpretation. If it merely means new to the games, rather than the entire Halo universe, he could be an existing character from other media.

Moving on to a related topic, look very closely at the breast of the armor on the right side (the Spartan’s left side). There’s a tiny emblem there, and it shows what appears to be the symbol for ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence). Therefore, this Spartan is most likely either an intelligence agent or closely linked to one.

And for the last rumor, have these “Guardians” mentioned in the title been present for the entire series? Ever since the first game, if you die in multiplayer and no player is responsible (for example, if the boundary turrets in Snowbound kill you), the game credits the death to “the Guardians.” Even Halo Waypoint acknowledges them.

Halo guardian death

Is it just a coincidence, an arbitrary word used for these occurrences now re-used in an entirely different context? We probably won’t know for sure until 2015.

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Enjoy this piece of concept art, remember not to take any of our speculation and rumors too seriously, and share your own theories in the comments below.

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Xbox One Halo’s Multiplayer Includes “All New” Modes

May 1, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Multiplayer is a huge part of the Halo experience for many fans, and new multiplayer modes have been introduced across the franchise. For some fans, the multiplayer is the make-or-break element in each game, so we have no doubt that a lot of attention will be focused on the multiplayer in the upcoming Halo game for the Xbox One, whatever it turns out to be.

Well, 343 Industries is looking for a Senior Multiplayer Designer, and the job description drops a few hints about what the game will contain. Notably, it mentions that the designer’s responsibilities will include the creation of “all new Halo MP game modes.”

With any luck, we’ll get to see some of this multiplayer at E3–and finally learn what the title of this game is! As we wait, let us know what your favorite Halo multiplayer modes are, and what new types of multiplayer you’d like to see in the next game.

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Is a Halo Announcement On Its Way?

April 19, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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When it comes to the next Halo game, details are few and far between. Halo was teased at last year’s E3, with a brief trailer for a game most people assumed would be Halo 5. Later, Microsoft clarified that the purpose of the trailer was to assure fans that a Halo game was coming in 2014. It wasn’t necessarily Halo 5. In fact, it didn’t have a set title.

Then, rumors flew about the possibility of a Halo 2 Anniversary remake. Some were denied and some were ignored, but none were ever confirmed.

At this point, the only thing we can say for sure is that we know a Halo game will release this year, exclusively for the Xbox One. However, maybe some news will be coming soon. Bonnie Ross, the head of 343 Industries, Tweeted a picture of the team playing a mysterious Xbox One game in an internal tournament.

So, what is this “great game” they’re playing? If it isn’t a surprise, why not show the screen? We aren’t confident enough to call this more than a rumor, but it at least suggests we might have some Halo news coming soon. The question is, will we see it before E3?

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Halo 2 Anniversary Rumors, Spartan Assault Price Drop

March 27, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Rumors are rampant about the next Halo game. Is it going to be Halo 5? Halo 2 Anniversary? Something else entirely? Microsoft is offering no official answers either way, but once again, a job opening at 343 Industries has caused additional speculation.

343 Industries needs a Software Development Engineer who has “recently shipped a AAA Xbox One title” and “will be able to support external partners.”

The person who takes this position will join “an incredible team to help drive the future of Halo.”

Not only is this job directly related to Halo, but the reference to “external partners” supports the rumors that Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity, who worked on Halo Anniversary, could be working on a Halo 2 Anniversary. On the other hand, it could be related to Halo: Spartan Assault, which was co-developed by Vanguard.

We’d be surprised if this was about Spartan Assault, although that title has cropped up a few times today. Its price was dropped to $9.99 on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360, and it was also announced to be on its way to Steam.

Whatever the case may be, we hope to learn more at E3 in a few months! Share your thoughts and predictions in the comments below.

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Halo 5 Release Window?

March 19, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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There’s been a lot of speculation about the Halo game planned for the Xbox One. Microsoft has said it will be released in 2014, but no one knows for sure if it’s Halo 5 or something else (such as an Anniversary Edition of Halo 2), and some rumors have suggested it will be delayed until 2015. Well, a retailer listing suggests it is in fact Halo 5, and will be released this year.

Walmart’s listing of Halo (Xbox One) says it will ship on 10/01/2014. Further down the page, however, it gives the title as Halo 5 and says it will release in December.

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This suggests a release window sometime between October-December. Of course, Microsoft has yet to make any official announcement, so this is still just a rumor. Nevertheless, it gives us something to think about. What are your hopes for the next Halo game?

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