Last month a full trailer for the Halo TV adaption was released during the NFL AFC Championship game. At the time, we made the comment “We suppose the most controversial thing they could do would be to have MC remove his helmet. There’s no indication they will show his face from this trailer alone, but you never know.”
“Halo” is the one mega-popular game franchise I haven’t played a single installment of, mostly due to never owning an XBox console. But through cultural osmosis I think I have the basic idea: there’s this super-soldier in the future whose face you never see, he has this blue AI companion who talks to him, and he has to fight a race of evil aliens who belong to a crazy cult. That’s the gist, right?
In the spring of 2013, the heads of Microsoft Studios walked onstage at E3 to deliver what would go down in history as one of their worst presentations. Their job was to convince gamers to buy the XBox One, but as they were still at this time enthralled by the temporary success of the 360’s Kinect, they spent a good chunk of time explaining how a Kinect would be a built-in, unavoidable part of the XBox One experience. The XBox’s traditional hardcore audience didn’t care for the Kinect at all. But it got worse.
You have permission to be skeptical, but Showtime says the Halo TV series is back on track. The premium network describes the series as “tak[ing] place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.” The Halo TV show will be inspired by the games of the same name (specifically the first).
The collection of games that are available to play as backwards compatible titles has just expanded once again and its big news for fans of the Halo series. All of the games from the series that were originally launched on the Xbox 360 are now available to players, including Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo CE Anniversary.
The fan made Halo game, Installation 01, has been given the greenlight by 343 Industries. During a conference call with executives from the studio, the team behind the game explain that they were given the go-ahead to cinque work and assurances that they were under no imminent legal threat.
Halo 5: Guardians was a major departure for the series when compared to its predecessors. Early marketing material positioned the main character, Master Chief, as a possible bad guy while the finished product saw the campaign split playing time between the famous Spartan and a new group of super soldiers.
Microsoft has released the Halo Wars 2 Blitz beta to the public, with the download available on the Xbox Store across PC and the Xbox One right now. The download, which is around 10GB in size, has been introduced to give players the chance to test and get familiar with a brand new game mode known as Blitz.
This week is a pretty momentous event for a certain video game series. 343 Industries has announced that this is a special week for the Halo video game franchise. The Halo series celebrates its 15th anniversary this week. The first video game in the series debuted this week in November 2001 for the original Xbox console. It’s almost hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the first game was released.
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios recently revealed that Forza Horizon 3 has gone gold but they also announced the achievements in the game and the PC specifications required to play the game on Windows. The full list of achievements can be seen on the official website for the game, while the recommended specs can be seen below: