Tagged: Halo

Halo studio 343 Industries has a new Studio Head. Chris Lee, who has a long history with both Microsoft and the Halo series has been appointed to the position. He previously served as Senior Lead Producer on Halo 4, and then Executive Producer on Halo 5: Guardians. He replaces Dan Ayoub, who has been moved to Microsoft's Mixed Reality team. Dan had been involved with the Halo series ever since Halo: Reach, which released in 2009. A statement from 343 said: "Over the years, Dan has helped us work with amazing studios and partners from literally every corner of the globe. They, ... Read More »
How do you compose a dynamic soundtrack? How do you decide what instruments to use? How do you work with themes created by legendary composers? These questions and more we put to composers Brian Lee White & Brian Trifon of Finishing Move and Gordy Haab, the trio behind the soundtrack of Halo Wars 2! Xbox One UK: What was the first action you all took in beginning to compose Halo Wars 2's score, and how did the process continue from there? Brian Trifon: The first thing we did was identify the aesthetic that collectively we wanted to create for the score. That process involved ... Read More »
Have you been thinking about picking up Halo Wars 2? Has the recent financial recovery from Christmas, Valentine's day and Gameblast put a spanner in the works? Or are you simply unsure if it's for you? Well good news! The fine folks at Xbox have now made a Halo Wars 2 demo available free of charge. This means that you can try before you buy to see if the Halo Wars sequel with its unusual RTS approach towards Halo's expansive universe is for you. The news was confirmed on Twitter yesterday by none other than Major Nelson himself, so you ... Read More »
Halo Wars 2 - the next entry in the sprawling Halo Universe saga - lands on 21st February, but from today eager Spartans will get the chance to test themselves in battle in the open Blitz Beta. Running from 20 - 30 January, the Blitz Beta showcases an entirely new way to play Halo Wars. Part Real Time Strategy title, part card strategy game, Blitz promises fast paced action where your deck of cards represents the troops and units at your disposal. Timing is key - the right card is no good if played at the wrong time, against the wrong ... Read More »
After last week’s Halo Mega Bloks leak, 343 Industries – the developers behind the series – have hinted that a game aimed at younger audiences could be on the horizon. Mega Bloks (essentially a hybrid of Lego and Duplo) have previously made Halo-related toy sets, so it seems natural that they’d want to release a game around the same premise. And when footage found its way on to the internet last weekend, the response was overwhelming positive. In their weekly dev blog, 343’s community manager discussed ‘Project Haggar’, as it was codenamed, saying: Who knows, with so much positive support ... Read More »
With recent news that you can drive a UNSC Warthog in Forza Horizon 3, we look back on some of our favourite - and most surprising - gaming crossovers. When we sat down to make our list, we realised there were more examples than we realised - everyone has a favourite franchise or genre and could think of half a dozen examples. And not just games invading other games. We all know what happens when games invade movies (the less said about Pixels, the better) but sometimes when it goes the other way, it can be brilliant. We've whittled our list ... Read More »
Anyone who pre-ordered the digital version of Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition, Early Access codes ship out today! The Ultimate Edition includes the 4-day early access to Halo Wars 2 and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, the season pass, and the standard game. If you've pre-ordered the digital version, expect to get a 5x5 code in your Xbox Message Center. Codes are sent in waves so it may take 7-10 days to get your code after today. If you've pre-ordered your digital copy from a retailer, then you can redeem the code from your Xbox Account and your code will be sent ... Read More »
Halo on Twitter today announced a big update coming just in time for the holiday season.  There is a bunch of new stuff coming to Halo 5: Guardians and what makes it even sweeter is it's FREE!  The full description from the link in the tweet describes the update in great detail.  343 Industries states: Well folks, the hour has finally come. It’s no surprise that this time of year exudes a spirit of gift-giving, and we couldn’t be more excited to help you unwrap a very special present from us to you: Monitor’s Bounty. Halo 5’s latest content release is an ... Read More »
If you play Halo 5 this weekend - that's 26-27 November - you'll be the lucky recipient of an exclusive in-game emblem, Thanks Given. The emblem, revealed on the official Halo Twitter channel, looks a bit like Foghorn Leghorn's been crammed into a Spartan helmet. We like it. We also like the idea of poor, defenceless, tasty birds donning armour and equipping Designated Marksmen Rifles whenever the Bernard Matthews truck rolls around... https://twitter.com/Halo/status/801848114453905411 Of course, us Europeans can hang onto this emblem for now, and display it proudly on 25 December, which is THE CORRECT DATE FOR EATING TURKEY. Make sure ... Read More »

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