Halo: Nightfall Follows The Story of Agent Locke

Halo: Nightfall is Ridley Scott’s a live-action Halo series. Halo Nightfall will reveal Agent Locke’s origin story and will connect the stories of Halo 4 leading us right to Halo 5: Guardians. The digital series will have 5 episodes and will release alongside the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on November 11th 2014.

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Halo 5: Guardians will feature a new Spartan character, called Agent Locke. First introduced when the official title was revealed and thanks to E3 we know this character’s name.

According to Bonnie Ross, Agent Locke plays a “key role” in Halo 5 Guardians. But before Halo 5 we will get to learn about Agent Locke’s backstory and origin story through the live-action digital series Halo Nightfall – which is NOT to be confused with Stephen Spielberg’s Halo the Television Series.

Halo Nightfall is being produced by Ridley Scott – known for Blade Runner, Alien, and Prometheus – and the series will be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan – known for Battlestar Galactica and Heroes.

According to HaloWaypont in the series “A strange and treacherous world exposes elite UNSC operatives to a much deeper danger”

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Bonnie Ross said that “You don’t have to watch this, but knowing this will kind of tee you up for all the new things that are going on in Halo 5: Guardians.” Nightfall will connect the stories of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians and will have narrative connections to Halo: The Television Series.

Bonnie Ross informed us that Locke will be prominent in both Halo: Nightfall and Halo 5: Guardians but it is still Master Chief’s show and story. She went on to say that the Master Chief”… is human, he’s always been human, but at the end of Halo 4 he really is reflecting on who he is and why he exists. That was very deliberate because the story we want to tell on Xbox One really is an important part and the main part of his hero’s journey. It’s more about what he’s searching for versus what the UNSC is asking him to do.

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Nightfall won’t be the only part of The Master Chief Collection that drops Halo 5 hints. The terminals in Halo 2 Anniversary tease the story of Halo 5, but this time from the perspective of The Arbiter. In one cinematic the Arbiter says: “How well do you know your friend, human? And what would you call me if you learned the truth of what I have done?” Also Blur Studio is producing an epilogue and prologue that will quote “leave you on the doorstep of Halo 5”.

At San Diego Comic Con this year 343 Industries will reveal more about how Halo Nightfall and Halo 5 Guardians will interact.

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The goal is to align Steven Spielberg’s Halo Televisions Series with Halo 5: Guardians as this separate live-action series is planned to launch around the same time as Halo 5 – in fall 2015.

Sources:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-06-16-343s-master-plan-for-halo-5-guardians
http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/12/5802422/halo-5-spartan-locke-nightfall

 

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Halo 2 Anniversary – Graphic Comparison Anniversary vs. Original

A comparison between Halo 2 and Halo 2 Anniversary graphics. Check out these screenshots, cinematic stills, and gameplay to see the difference. Halo 2 Anniversary is only available in the Halo: The Master Chief Collection out this November. Blur is handling the re-mastering of all of the Halo 2 cutscenes, terminal videos for Halo 2 Anniversary, and they’re including brand-new prologue and epilogue cutscenes that will act as bookends that will provide some details and story elements for Halo 5: Guardians.

Also check out the recently released Halo 2 Anniversary Cinematic trailer and the cinematic comparison video I made.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Pre Order Bonuses

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Shortly after news broke at E3 that 343 Industries was indeed making a Halo: The Master Chief Collection retailers begin accepting pre-orders for the game and it’s only natural that pre-order bonuses begin to appear.

343 Industries has confirmed that the Pre-order skulls for Halo: The Master Chief Collection are timed exclusives and “after a certain period of time, the Skulls will become unlocked for all players.” – Halo Bulletin 6.25.14

MICROSOFT STORE

Halo 2 Anniversary Boom Skull

If you pre-order from MicrosoftStore.com you’ll receive:

  • 15,000 Xbox Live Reward Credits (equivalent to $15) – this applies to every game purchased through their store this holiday, starting today
  • “My Other Car is a Warthog” throwback license plate frame
  • a Master Chief window decal
  • an exclusive “Boom” Skull that unlocks 2x explosion physics for the Halo 2: Anniversary campaign.

GAME

Game UK LE Halo MCC

If you pre-order a “Halo: The Master Chief Collection Limited Edition” from Game UK you’ll get the Grunt Funeral skull, map guide, and a steel book case for the disc. This steel book case is exclusive to GAME (source)

Halo Master Chief Collection Mjolnir EditionIf you pre-order the “Halo: The Master Chief Collection Mjolnir Edition” from Game UK you’ll get everything in the Limited Edition as well as a 12 inch Master Chief Statue from Kotobukiya.

AMAZON

Halo Pinata Skull

If you pre-order from Amazon you’ll get the Pinata skull. Its description is as follows “With the Piñata Skull, enemies will drop plasma grenade with every melee!”

GAMESTOP/EB GAMES

Halo Bandana Skull

If you pre-order from Gamestop or EB Games you’ll get the Bandana skull. The Bandana Skull provides unlimited ammo and grenades.

BEST BUY and JB Hi-Fi (Australia)

Halo Grunt Funeral SkullBest Buy Halo Master Chief Collection Pre Order BonusIf you pre-order from BestBuy  or JB Hi-Fi (Australia) you’ll get the Grunt Funeral skull. The Grunt Funeral skull makes grunts explode after they die. Many have already seen pre-order bonuses in the form of skulls with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary back in 2011, which included the “Grunt Funeral” skull.

This map guide book lets you gain an advantage with every multiplayer map included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection video game. Each map includes tips and expert strategy written by pro-gaming legend, StrongSide, who holds multiple Halo tournament victories.

SHOP TO

Halo Bonded Pair Skull

If you pre-order from ShopTo you’ll get the (brand new) Bonded Pair Skull DLC (co-op only) which gives a 100% damage boost for 60 seconds if your co-op partner dies. The ‘Bonded Pair’ Skull unlock for the Halo 2: Anniversary campaign is exclusive until 12/12/2014.

More pre-order bonuses will show up as we get closer to launch date of November 11th, 2014. So stay tuned as the list grows

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Halo 2 Anniversary – Cairo Station Campaign Gameplay

Check out this Halo 2 Anniversary Cairo Station Campaign Gameplay. It’s currently a work in progress. Halo 2 Anniversary is part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection which releases November 11th 2014

E3 2014: Halo Master Chief Collection, Halo 5 Beta, & Halo 2 Anniversary Details!

343 Industries announces Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One this November with Halo 5 Multiplayer Beta in December. Included in this collection are re-vamped versions of Halo 1-4 with Halo 2 getting the anniversary treatment.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Includes:

  • Halo CE Anniversary
  • Halo 2 Anniversary
  • Halo 3
  • Halo 4
  • Halo Nightfall (Digital Series by Ridley Scott)
  • Access to Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta (December 27th, 2014 – January 22)

The collection features a single unified interfaced, to give you seamless access to all 4 games, everything will be unlocked from the start, Spartan ops is included, forge will be available for Halo 2, 3 and 4. Yes bringing forge to Halo 2 for the first time. There will also be a feature for custom playlists so you can pick and choose campaign missions from all 4 games and play them in the order you choose.

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Halo 2 will be getting the full anniversary treatment, featuring the ability to revert back to its original graphics by a touch of a button.

In Halo 2 Anniversary We’ll be able to uncover Halo 5 Guardians story elements with extended cut scenes, hidden terminal videos, and utilize all new skulls to experience the campaign in a whole new way.

All of the original 25 multiplayer maps from Halo 2 are included. Play on fan favorites including Ivory Tower, Ascension, and Lockout, plus 6 completely re-imagined maps.

The collection will have over 100 multiplayer maps, every map from Halo 1 through 4 – only excluding the extra PC maps Edit: PC exlcusive maps for Halo CE and Halo 2 have now been included. Each game will run at 1080p, 60 frames per second, and have dedicated servers. And each game will have its original multiplayer engine – including Halo 2 just as it shipped 10 years ago – button glitches and all.

And for you achievement hunters, the collection will have 4000 gamescore for you to unlock!

 

Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta Trailer – E3 2014

Halo 5: Guardians Beta Trailer shown at E3 2014. Halo 5 Beta will take place in December 2014 and is part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer Gameplay Teaser – E3 2014

First look at Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer gameplay at E3! Halo 2 Anniversary is part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to Xbox One November 11th 2014!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Trailer – E3 2014

The trailer shown at E3 2014 for Halo: The Master Chief Collection which is coming to Xbox One November 11th 2014 for $59.99

PlayStation to get 4 Day Exclusive Access to Destiny Beta

According to Gamesradar, PlayStation will get 4 days of exclusive Destiny Beta access before those on Xbox. What do you think? Destiny Beta is set for July and dates will be confirmed at E3. This is unconfirmed information but appears to be pretty legitimate.

Destiny Beta 4 Day Exclusive Access

Destiny Where to Buy – http://www.destinythegame.com/wheretobuy

Redeem Destiny Beta Code – http://www.bungie.net/en/User/coderedemption

Source: http://www.gamesradar.com

Halo E3 2014 Predictions: Halo 5 Guardians, Halo 2 Anniversary, Master Chief Collection

E3 is only a few days away. Here are my predictions for Halo at E3 2014: Halo 5 Guardians teaser, Halo TV series update, and the announcement of Halo 2 Anniversary or Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Share your thoughts!

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