Jessica Shea, Senior Community Manager for 343 industries replied to the twitter thread with “Good things are coming,… Oh yes, they’re coming… !!”
In 2012 we got some of our first looks of Halo 4 at the spring showcase prior to E3 2012 -and many people have expected the same events to occur for the upcoming Halo title for Xbox One but it appears this may not be the case.
Many people are speculating that we might see a Halo 2 Anniversary announcement at E3 since Halo 2 was released 10 years ago and 343/Microsoft personnel has seemingly been hinting at all things related to Halo 2. Others still think we’ll be getting an announcement for the continuation of Master Chief in Halo 5. Perhaps we’ll have both announcements, because in the end we don’t know what “Halo on Xbox One” really is.
Here we have a hands on look at the highly anticipated Xbox One March Update – set for the 11th. Why is this a big deal? Because it brings back many Party Chat and Friends System features from the Xbox 360 that were not present at launch for the Xbox One. I hope this trend continues bring back more Xbox 360 UI features, because it’s definitely true that “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” – no matter how small the feature.
March 11th is going to be a big day for Xbox One as this update coincides with Titanfall’s release (they even featured the beta in this video) and the recent announcement that Twitch TV Broadcasting will be coming to Xbox One as well (story here).
“With a ton of great new multiplayer-focused features, the product update that’s coming to Xbox One in March will forever change the way you and your friends interact on Xbox Live. You’ll now be able to get into your friends list faster and customize the way you view it, allowing you to quickly get in and get gaming. Once you’re in a game, the revamped party system and “Recent Players” list will let you spend more time with your friends while also encouraging you to make new ones. In the video above, we take a closer look at what Xbox One fans can expect in March.”
Details around the improvements for Xbox One multiplayer and parties:
Get to your friends list faster. The friends list will be front and center on the homepage of the Friends app. Click the Social tile on Home, or say “Xbox, go to Friends” to see who’s online and what they’re up to. From there you can quickly send messages and get into a party.
Party chat will be turned on by default. When you party up, chat audio will be turned on by default.
Chat with friends playing different games. Partychat will be separated from people playing your game, so you can chat with your friends who are online or you can chat with everyone playing the game.
We’re adding an “Invite friends to game” option to your multiplayer titles moving forward. Similar to Xbox 360 titles, this will appear inside a games’ menu and offer a simple and quicker way to set up your multiplayer battles. Selecting “Invite friends” will let you invite friends to your game and party.
We’re adding “Recent Players.” This is a simple list that shows you Xbox Live members you’ve recently played with, making it easier to stay in touch with people, or add new friends after your multiplayer battles.
Today on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft announced that Twitch broadcasting will finally be coming to Xbox One on March 11th!
It seems like March 11th is quickly turning into a huge marketing day and milestone for Xbox One with the launch of the highly anticipated Titanfall, the Xbox One Update, and now Twitch TV broadcasting ability.
Thanks to Kinect, Xbox One owners that have completed a one-time setup of their Twitch account can begin live streaming their game of choice simply by saying “Xbox, Broadcast” at any point during their time playing it. You’ll be able to use your Kinect camera to broadcast your face as well!
Earlier today HaloWaypoint began tweeting out photos of some toys at this year’s Toy Fair in New York. Among the photos, 2 of them were of prototypes from the popular McFarlane Toys. The first being a prototype Master Chief figure modeled after the Halo on Xbox One trailer that we’re all very familiar with.
Complete with a cloak and a promethean boltshot. In regards to this photo, there isn’t much to say. The real story lies within the second photo; A photo of a Halo 2 Master Chief prototype. So here we are again, it feels like 343 is teasing us.
I would just like to point out that this isn’t some old left over toy from 2004. McFarlane toys didn’t start making Halo toys till after Halo 3’s launch. Prior to this, Joyride was making Halo toys (most notably the one used for the famous Arby ‘n’ the Chief Machinima series). This figurine begs the question. Why make one for a game that’s over 10 years old?
GameZone released a snippet from an interviewed Steve Downes, the long-time voice of Master Chief, and he told them that we shouldn’t expect to see Halo 5 in 2014, but that the series will still see at least one release this year.
“I think you may be ahead of yourself on Halo 5,” Downes said. “I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015. What you can look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of Halo 2.”
No official statement has been made by 343 Industries or Microsoft.
Are you excited for a potential Halo 2 Anniversary?
Titanfall Beta Sign-ups are up earlier than the expected 6pm PST launch (announced by Vince Zampella). Spots are limited! Go to http://www.titanfall.com/beta to register! Hopefully see you on the virtual battlefield. “Keep in mind this is registration only and you’re not guaranteed access”.
Update: According to the trailer, it looks like the Beta will start on February 14th.
Titanfall is the first next-gen shooter that combines pure adrenaline, wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. The Beta will have two maps and three Titanfall modes, including newly announced mode “Last Titan Standing”
Update: “If you’re selected to participate within the Titanfall Beta you will receive an e-mail on Feb 14th.” –@TitanfallGame