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Halo Infinite dev once again says Xbox One version has not been cancelled

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 24 December 2020 10:19 GMT It seems like 343 Industries has to dispel this same rumour every other week.Earlier this week, a non-rumour got started because someone noticed that the LinkedIn page of Chad Mirshak, a Halo Infinite UI designer no longer lists the game for Xbox One, just PC and Xbox Series X/S.LinkedIn posts aren’t usually a good source for this because they can be outdated, but the amusing thing here was that Mirshak’s About page actually says the game is being developed for Xbox One alongside the other platforms. (Mirshak has since added Xbox…

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC releases led to “the largest addition of new players to the franchise since Halo 3”

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 21 December 2020 10:35 GMT Microsoft’s efforts to bring classic Halo games to PC have been well worth it.Microsoft and 343 Industries have been very happy with the response to Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC, which culminated recently with the release of Halo 4, the last planned game to be ported to PC.There are still no plans to bring Halo 5 over, but PC players now have access to all other Halo games, running natively on PC and taking advantage of mouse and keyboard, alongside a bevy of other PC-specific improvements.The Master Chief Collection’s…

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Halo Infinite won’t sell you loot boxes or lean hard into FOMO, but expect premium cosmetics

343 Industries seems to have the right approach when it comes Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer.Multiplayer in Halo has always been one of the series’ key pillars. This is no less true for Halo Infinite, which is going free-to-play for the first time to allow as many people as possible to experience its signature multiplayer.The reception to the free-to-play news was mixed, in large part because many feared the balance and look of the game could get diluted with all sorts of purchases to keep the live service going. So far at least, it doesn’t look like things will end up…

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Fortnite leaks suggest Halo’s Master Chief may be dropping in this season

With Halo Infinite delayed into next year and The Master Chief Collection all wrapped up, where is one supposed to hang out with their big green friend? Fortnite, apparently, should this week’s rumours be believed. Recent alleged leaks suggest John Halo himself is making his way to murder island as part of this season’s multi-dimensional crossover, letting the big man finally compete in a castle-building contest with The Mandalorian. Fortnite got real weird, huh. (more…)

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Halo Infinite rumor claims battle royale mode launching in 2021

Ah yes, “Will they or won’t they?”, the now to be expected affair between ongoing FPS series and the popular battle royale format. Halo Infinite‘s developers previously expressed disinterest in plopping a hundred Master Chiefs into a last Chief standing mode but a new rumor has cropped up saying they will—and that it’s coming in 2021. (more…)

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343 Industries are planning an end of year status update on Halo Infinite

Earlier this year, 343 Industries announced that they were delaying Halo Infinite, originally planned as an Xbox Series X launch game, to 2021. They’ve been pretty quiet on Infinite since then, presumably adjusting to what the delay means for the game and the team. Now they say they’re planning an end of year update and hope to be more communicative in upcoming months. (more…)

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Halo Infinite news coming soon, but 343’s game won’t be at The Game Awards

By Patrick Dane, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 10:33 GMT For those hoping to hear from Halo Infinite soon, it seems like your wait may go on a little longer yet.Since Halo Infinite‘s delay, developer 343 has been radio silent. The game was meant to be out last week alongside the launch of the Xbox Series X/S but Master Chief sadly couldn’t make it to the next generation just yet.Fans are now clamouring for when we might hear more on the game. Many have been proposing we might catch a glimpse at The Game Awards on December 10. The show has…

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Halo 4 gets a few more days of testing, adds crossplay to Reach

If there’s been one small positive about this year, it’s the reliable rollout of once console-locked Halo games on PC through Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With Halo 4 currently on the launchpad, 343 Industries have chosen to extend the game’s testing (“flighting”) period by another week, with the Insider client now testing crossplay support for Halo Reach. (more…)

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343 Industries director steps away from Halo Infinite

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 28 October 2020 17:20 GMT 343 Industries’ Chris Lee, director of Halo Infinite, has stepped back from the project.According to Bloomberg, Chris Lee has left the project and has placed Halo Infinite in the hands of the current team.Lee told Bloomberg he is looking for “future opportunities,” and is confident the team will “deliver a great game, and now is a good time for me to step away.”Microsoft confirmed the news, stating that Lee remains a Microsoft employee.Lee is the second high profile developer to leave the project, as 343 Industries creative director Tim Longo departed the studio…

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Halo 3: ODST now available for PC with Halo: The Master Chief Collection

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 20:55 GMT Just a quick reminder letting you know that Halo 3: ODST is available now on PC through Halo: The Master Chief Collection.Halo 3: ODST lands on PC today and with Xbox Game Pass for PC on the Microsoft Store, and Steam.The game finds you playing as an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper in the streets of New Mombasa as you attempt to “piece together the Covenant’s motivations for invading the city.” Here you will go up against Brutes, Elites, and Hunters.ODST Firefight is joining Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the first…

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Halo 3: ODST has arrived on PC

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has gained another game, except this one isn’t actually about that Master Chief guy. Halo 3: ODST arrived on PC today, giving players the chance to follow the story of some normal human dudes, and not a giant Spartan. It takes place before the events of Halo 3, and you play as some Orbital Drop Shock Troopers who’re trying to figure out why the Covenant invaded New Mombasa. (more…)

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Halo 3: ODST drops on PC next week

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 14 September 2020 16:57 GMT Halo 3: ODST will be arriving on Windows PC via Halo: The Master Chief Collection on September 22, 343 Industries has announced.“Halo 3: ODST will officially arrive on PC as part of the Master Chief Collection, on September 22,” says a tweet from the Halo Twitter account. “Suit up, strap in, and prepare to return to New Mombassa.”If you want to experience the world of Halo without the super-powered Spartan armour saving your ass all the time, this is the game for you.In Halo 3: OSDT, you play as a crew…

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What if Halo 3’s multiplayer was flooded with rats, though?

343 are finally getting weird with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and that’s great. But they were never going to hold a candle against the game’s modders, who’ve lately decided what Halo 3 really needs is to turn everyone into a rat. That’s exactly the premise behind Rat Slayer, an upcoming mod that – daft as it is – never dared to consider whether John Halo isn’t already just two-dozen rodents wearing a man-shaped suit of power armour. Now there’s a thought to keep you up at night. (more…)

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Halo Infinite has Monster Energy weapons, because of course it does

In a move that will shock absolutely no one, Microsoft recently announced that Halo Infinite will feature guns sponsored by Monster Energy. The news comes from an official Xbox blog post, which opens by discussing the recently launched Halo Infinite Monster Energy cans. While these real-life cans are emblazoned with the stern visage of Mr. John Halo, there was no reciprocal instance of Monster appearing in the virtual realm of Halo Infinite – until now.Check out the screenshot below, which offers us a look at the official Halo Infinite Monster Energy guns.They don’t actually look too bad at first –…

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This Halo mod allows you to play as a Grunt and fight Master Chief

By Cian Maher, Monday, 31 August 2020 15:49 GMT There’s a legitimate Halo mod that allows you to play as a Grunt instead of Master Chief, in which your sole purpose for playing is to take down John Halo himself. Halo: Covenant Edition is a mod for Halo: Combat Evolved that reimagines the game from the perspective of the baddies. Although we’ve all grown to love the hulking stature of 7-foot-tall army man John Halo over the last 19 years, he is the physical embodiment of Bad Guy when you reverse what the game’s narrative wants you to think.Put it…