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: The Master Chief Collection Rumor

Shortly after the announcement of Halo 5: Guardians, a rumoured Halo: The Master Chief Collection surfaced and spread like wildfire. Just want to say, nothing has been confirmed. This was being reported my engadget, then IGN, Polygon, and more started picking up this story. But this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of bringing Halo games to the Xbox One.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is apparently coming this year for Xbox One and it will have Halo 1, 2, 3 and 4. This collection will not include ODST, Reach, or Halo Wars as Master Chief wasn’t the main protagonist in those games.

This could also be what Bonnie Ross meant when she announced Halo 5: Guardians. She stated that it’s “…a “journey,” rather than a destination – and that journey definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step.”

Now if you remember back to the NeoGaf leaks from back in January, nut-kernel stated that there would be 2 editions for Halo 2 Anniversary.

  • A Collector’s Edition – access to Halo 5 beta, and
  • A War Collection – which would have access to the Halo 5 beta and on top of that ports of Halo 3 and Halo 4 for Xbox One.

This leaker has been pretty spot on so far. Perhaps this War Collection is actually the now rumoured Halo: The Master Chief Collection. What do you guys think? Perhaps there could be a stand-alone Halo 2 Anniversary and also a Halo: The Master Chief Collection which would contain Halo CE to Halo 4 with a remastered Halo 2 Anniversary.

Halo: 5 Guardians New Character Not Female or Cortana

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Frank O’Connor and Rob Semsey have both shot down two of the more popular theories/speculations in relation to the unknown Spartan-like figure in the Halo 5: Guardians teaser image.

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It’s not female and is not Cortana in any shape or form. So that leaves the question what is it? Could it be a playable character just like the introduction of the Arbiter in Halo 2. Or could it be an enemy? Leave your thoughts!

Update: Josh Holmes makes it even more apparent this is a new character and a male!

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Halo 5: Guardians Concept Art

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Brand new Halo 5: Guardians Concept Art was posted by Frank O’Connor over on Halo Waypoint where also lists a few of his thoughts on the news Bonnie Ross announced today… which was Halo 5: Guardians. Click here for that article.

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Halo 5: Guardians Announced

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And with 23 days till E3 2014 we finally have a name. Halo 5: Guardians. Bonnie Ross, 343 Industries Studio Head has announced that the game formerly known as “Halo on Xbox One” is in fact Halo 5: Guardians. All of this at an ungodly hour in the morning… for North America at least.

Bonnie Ross wrote,

Making a “Halo” game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial.  It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very seriously to ensure we deliver the “Halo” game that fans deserve, and a game that is built from the ground up for Xbox One.

Halo 5 Gaurdians is the next installment in the legendary saga of the Master Chief.  In the tradition of every “Halo” game since its debut in 2001, it is a massive and exciting project.

Halo 5: Guardians” is a bigger effort than “Halo 4.”  That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine.  Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.

It’s a game that will hopefully demonstrate the talent, learnings and abilities of the 343 Industries team. A game that will incorporate the things we learned from “Halo 4” about technology, aesthetics, performance and scale – and perhaps more importantly, understanding and embracing a community of gamers who love what lies at the heart of this game, and the limitless potential of the “Halo” universe.

And 2015 won’t simply be the year of “Halo 5: Guardians,” it will also be a year that offers us a unique opportunity. The opportunity to invite old friends and new audiences into that universe through the “Halo” television series, launched as a unique collaboration with Steven Spielberg and some of the finest creative minds in the business.  A series that will stand alone, as well as complement and enrich the game experience.  We’ll have more to share on the “Halo” television series as we near its projected fall 2015 release

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To clarify, Halo 5 Guardians will be released in fall 2015 as well as Halo Television Series by Spielberg. Leaving people to question, is the highly rumored Halo 2 Anniversary still on the table for this year 2014? 2014 marks the 10 year Anniversary for Halo 2. And a popular NeoGaf leaker stated that Halo 5 would come out in 2015, another Halo Live Action series would exist aside from Spielberg’s series (Ridley’s Scotts project), and many non-Halo leaks have turned out to be true. Could we see a Halo 2 Anniversary with a Halo 5: Guardians Beta? Only time will tell…

Your Journey Begins in 2014

Many fans noted that I was very deliberate with my phrasing on stage at E3 last year. I spoke about a “journey,” rather than a destination – and that journey definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step. We’ll give you much more information about our plans for this year at the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing on June 9, and we’re confident that “Halo” fans will be pretty excited about the special plans we have in store.

So until E3, I’d like to express my gratitude to our massive and varied Halo community, whose energy, enthusiasm, criticism and kindness are the driving force behind what we do and what we hope to achieve in “Halo 5: Guardians.”

Souce: Xbox Wire

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Games With Gold Coming to Xbox One!

Along with the announcement that Microsoft will begin selling Xbox One without the Kinect in June, Microsoft has announced Games with Gold program will be headed to Xbox One. Games with Gold is a free program to Xbox Live Subscribers releasing 2 free games a month.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold for Xbox 360 members will receive an additional free Xbox 360 game in June. The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and a bonus game of “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.”

The Xbox One Games with Gold program will start with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault” in June. A single Gold membership will get you access to the free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Also announced are exclusive discounts under a program called “Deals with Gold” in June. The program will offer significant savings for Xbox Live Gold members. The first titles offered in June will include “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and a few other surprises. In the coming months, we will offer significant savings of up to 50 – 75 percent off certain titles. This program will continue to be available for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360. And new on Xbox One, we will launch a virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members where we will feature free games, monthly deals, and other great benefits.

Source: http://news.xbox.com/2014/05/xbox-delivering-more-choices

Xbox One Bundle Without Kinect

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Starting June 9th you can buy ‪an Xbox One‬ starting at $399. This is a new console option that does not include Kinect! Bringing the Xbox One price in line with the PS4.

You’ll be able to purchase the Kinect separately if you feel like you’re missing out.

Source: http://news.xbox.com/2014/05/xbox-delivering-more-choices

Titanfall Expedition DLC Trailer

Respawn Entertainment just hosted a livestream for their upcoming Expedition DLC for Titanfall where they unveiled a trailer for their DLC showcasing the 3 maps. Swampland, Runoff, and War Games.

Update: Expedition DLC and update will be available on May 15th for XboxOne and PC.

Along with this DLC there is a huge list of updates coming to all platforms. Check the list here: http://www.titanfall.com/game-update-three

Rumored Leaked E3 Schedule Lists Halo 5 Tech Demo

With “Judges Week” for E3 going on leaks and rumors are beginning to spill! The following image has surfaced on social media which lists a Halo 5 tech demo and no mention of the repeatedly rumored Halo 2 Anniversary. Keep in mind this hasn’t been confirmed.

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For those who don’t know what Judges week is it’s when a elite group of individuals get earlier access to interviews and demos hosted by game publishers at E3 weeks ahead of the conference.