Microsoft releases two Halo 5: Guardians trailers, game to be released October 27, 2015 #HUNTtheTRUTH

halo-guardians-spartan-lockeMicrosoft has recently published two very interesting trailers, with alternate endings for the upcoming Xbox One shooter game Halo 5: Guardians. The trailers are latest in 343 Industries’ viral marketing push for the game, called “#HUNTtheTRUTH”.

In the first trailer, we see Spartan Locke roaming around in a destroyed city talking about how Master Chief betrayed the human race. Near the end of the clip, Locke finds Master Chief, wounded on the ground in front of a large statue of himself. Locke is getting ready to execute Master Chief and as he points the gun towards him says sarcastically, “all hail the conquering hero, the one who’s supposed to save us all, but now I must save us…from you.”

The second trailer, shows an alternate ending to the story where the roles have reversed and Master Chief roams the ruins of the large city and finds Spartan Locke wounded on the ground, in front his statue. The clip ends with Master Chief preparing his gun to finish off Locke as he says “you’ve completed your mission, Spartan Locke, mine is just beginning.”

Both trailers confirm the much-anticipated game will be released on October 27, 2015.

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Source: Microsoft/YouTube

Loyal Halo: MCC fans will get many freebies as a "Thank You" gift for sticking around

HaloAs we all know Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which was a highly-anticipated remake for the Xbox One, didn’t do so well at launch as it was plagued with all sorts of issues. Many gamers just couldn’t be bothered with such sloppiness and left the franchise with a sour taste in their mouths.

However, there is still a large number of loyal Halo fans who have stuck around and many provided valuable feedback to 343 Industries who, since launch, have released many content updates that fixed most problems.

The team at 343 has been working around the clock to release updates to Halo: MCC and will continue to do so as this experience has taught them a valuable lesson. According to Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries “this has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world. We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues.”

To those fans who have been loyal since launch and have played the game until today, 343 Industries and Microsoft want to say Sorry and a big Thank You for believing in the iconic franchise, and as a token of appreciation, those folks will be eligible to get some great freebies such as:

– 1 Month of Xbox Live Gold
– Exclusive In-Game Nameplate
– Exclusive In-Game Avatar
For specifics on eligibility and further details on the offer, visit the FAQ at: https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/community/blog-posts/halo-the-master-chief-collection-thank-you-faq

Additionally, eligible users will the following future bonuses:

Halo 3: ODST Campaign – Development has just started on the campaign for Halo 3: ODST, which will be available within Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and upgraded to 1080p resolution, running at 60fps. It will be available for free to anyone who has played Halo: The Master Chief Collection since launch (11.11.14) through today (12.19.14).* Thanks to our friends at Bungie for creating the original “Halo 3: ODST” campaign.

“Relic” Halo 2: Anniversary Multiplayer Map – Available via a free content update to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, we will reimagine the fan-favorite map “Relic,” fully remastered and running at 1080p resolution and 60fps. We chose this map based on its suitability for Slayer and Objective modes and its ability to support teams of varying sizes. And you can trust that Certain Affinity will tune and tweak the map to make it even better than you remember.

Source: Xbox Wire

Mount up Spartans! Xbox One Preview members can play Halo 5 Multiplayer beta tomorrow

Halo5Members who are part of the Xbox One Preview program will get to try out Halo 5’s multiplayer beta tomorrow, December 19th (10 days before everyone else gets it). Microsoft says that they will begin to send out codes tomorrow, which will allow you to download the beta.

The statement says:

“On the 19th, you’ll receive a message from Xbox Live on your Xbox profile containing 2 codes you need to redeem to get into the early access for the Beta.
The first code allows you to download the Beta to your console, and the second code is a small download that grants you access. You will need to redeem both tokens on your Xbox One console or on Xbox.com to participate in the early access period for the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. Be aware that redeeming one token will not allow you to participate; both are necessary.”

They also warn users of not sharing or selling your codes in any way, although we have to wonder why anyone would want to do that.

Overall, this seems like a fantastic early Christmas gift for Xbox One owners.

Source: Xbox Forums

Join HaloFest LiveStream on November 10, experience Microsoft & 343 Industries' "Halo Museum"

Microsoft and 343 Industries invite you to join the HaloFest celebrations November 8-10 as the excitement builds for the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo: Nightfall series (check out the newly released trailer above).

Fans will be thrilled to know that Halo will take over the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles on November 10 as Microsoft and 343 will unveil a living Halo Museum, showcasing “more than 13 years of storytelling, adventure and gameplay.”

Here are all the details on all celebration activities in the days prior to the worldwide launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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HaloFest: A Celebration Fit for a Spartan
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Microsoft and 343 Industries’ tribute to longtime fans, the culmination of more than 13 years of storytelling, adventure and gameplay. For the first HaloFest, 343 built a living museum of Halo history, but this time, the history is encapsulated in its purest form, the Master Chief’s epic saga. So this year, in celebration of those memories and the future that lies ahead, Halo will take over the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles on Nov. 10, the day before Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives worldwide.

Fans all over the world are invited to join the festivities via a live broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch, beginning at 8 p.m. PT. Tune in to the HaloFest Livestream to see:

  • First look at Halo 5: Guardians. Fans will have a chance to experience the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta before its release on Dec. 29. An exhibition match between eSports pros will provide a first glimpse at the future of Halo multiplayer gameplay.
  • World premiere of Halo: Nightfall. The evolution of Halo storytelling continues with the debut of Halo: Nightfall. Watch the first episode of this original live-action digital series, which introduces Agent Locke – a pivotal new character in Halo 5: Guardians. Halo: Nightfall is the result of an unprecedented collaboration with industry talents like Ridley Scott and Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who worked hand-in-hand with 343 Industries to raise the bar for live-action storytelling in the Halo universe.
  • Interviews with 343 Industries and more. Hear from Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Executive Producer Dan Ayoub, Executive Producer Josh Holmes and others as they talk about the past, present and future of the Halo universe. Additionally, get the latest details on Halo: Nightfall directly from 343 Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill, the cast and production team, and hear from celebrity Halo fans walking the green carpet at the Avalon Theatre.
  • The global Halo Tournament. On Nov. 8-9, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational, presented by ESL, will feature 32 of the biggest names in eSports going toe-to-toe in Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer for $50,000 in prizes and the chance to be the first to play the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. The competition will take place at ESL’s Southern California headquarters, and all coverage will be streamed at Twitch.tv/Halo on Nov. 8-9, with additional highlights airing during the HaloFest live broadcast on Nov. 10.

 

Halo: Nightfall Trailer Debuts Today
Can’t wait for HaloFest? Check out the new Halo: Nightfall trailer above for a sneak peek at the live-action series. Led by world class talent, including executive producer Ridley Scott, Scott Free TV President David Zucker, and award-winning director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Halo: Nightfall will take full advantage of Xbox One’s rich interactivity, connecting the games and the series in innovative new ways.

The next chapter in your Halo journey begins soon, and you can get ready by pre-ordering and pre-downloading Halo: The Master Chief Collection today. Be sure to tune in, beginning with the tournament on Nov. 8-9, followed by the HaloFest broadcast at 8 p.m. PT on Nov. 10! Enlist today.

Source: Xbox Wire

Join HaloFest LiveStream on November 10, experience Microsoft & 343 Industries' "Halo Museum"

Microsoft and 343 Industries invite you to join the HaloFest celebrations November 8-10 as the excitement builds for the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo: Nightfall series (check out the newly released trailer above).

Fans will be thrilled to know that Halo will take over the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles on November 10 as Microsoft and 343 will unveil a living Halo Museum, showcasing “more than 13 years of storytelling, adventure and gameplay.”

Here are all the details on all celebration activities in the days prior to the worldwide launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection

halofest-2014-940x520

HaloFest: A Celebration Fit for a Spartan
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Microsoft and 343 Industries’ tribute to longtime fans, the culmination of more than 13 years of storytelling, adventure and gameplay. For the first HaloFest, 343 built a living museum of Halo history, but this time, the history is encapsulated in its purest form, the Master Chief’s epic saga. So this year, in celebration of those memories and the future that lies ahead, Halo will take over the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles on Nov. 10, the day before Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives worldwide.

Fans all over the world are invited to join the festivities via a live broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch, beginning at 8 p.m. PT. Tune in to the HaloFest Livestream to see:

  • First look at Halo 5: Guardians. Fans will have a chance to experience the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta before its release on Dec. 29. An exhibition match between eSports pros will provide a first glimpse at the future of Halo multiplayer gameplay.
  • World premiere of Halo: Nightfall. The evolution of Halo storytelling continues with the debut of Halo: Nightfall. Watch the first episode of this original live-action digital series, which introduces Agent Locke – a pivotal new character in Halo 5: Guardians. Halo: Nightfall is the result of an unprecedented collaboration with industry talents like Ridley Scott and Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who worked hand-in-hand with 343 Industries to raise the bar for live-action storytelling in the Halo universe.
  • Interviews with 343 Industries and more. Hear from Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Executive Producer Dan Ayoub, Executive Producer Josh Holmes and others as they talk about the past, present and future of the Halo universe. Additionally, get the latest details on Halo: Nightfall directly from 343 Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill, the cast and production team, and hear from celebrity Halo fans walking the green carpet at the Avalon Theatre.
  • The global Halo Tournament. On Nov. 8-9, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational, presented by ESL, will feature 32 of the biggest names in eSports going toe-to-toe in Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer for $50,000 in prizes and the chance to be the first to play the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. The competition will take place at ESL’s Southern California headquarters, and all coverage will be streamed at Twitch.tv/Halo on Nov. 8-9, with additional highlights airing during the HaloFest live broadcast on Nov. 10.

 

Halo: Nightfall Trailer Debuts Today
Can’t wait for HaloFest? Check out the new Halo: Nightfall trailer above for a sneak peek at the live-action series. Led by world class talent, including executive producer Ridley Scott, Scott Free TV President David Zucker, and award-winning director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Halo: Nightfall will take full advantage of Xbox One’s rich interactivity, connecting the games and the series in innovative new ways.

The next chapter in your Halo journey begins soon, and you can get ready by pre-ordering and pre-downloading Halo: The Master Chief Collection today. Be sure to tune in, beginning with the tournament on Nov. 8-9, followed by the HaloFest broadcast at 8 p.m. PT on Nov. 10! Enlist today.

Source: Xbox Wire

Halo: NightFall gets a behind the scenes first look (Video)

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Halo: Nightfall will be a part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection as it debuts on Nov.11, and 343 along with Regal Cinema have posted a video giving us a behind the scenes glimpse what to expect.

This motion picture follows agent Locke, who is the leader of the ONI investigation squad which end up discovering something that complicates their mission.  Agent Locke will also play a major role in Halo 5: Guardians and his transformation in Nightfall will carry on to the game.

Halo franchise director, Frank Occonner from 343 Studios points out that they’ve been carefully working on Agent Locke’s character arc as a bridge between the game and the motion picture.

Halo: The Master Chief collection is less than three weeks away and hopefully we’ll get more details on Halo: NightFall as it gets closer to release.