Microsoft and 343 Industries have given a new preview of Halo 4, ahead of the Xbox 360 game's expected release in time for the holidays. Returning Master Chief to center stage, and kick-starting a new trilogy, Halo 4 features new multiplayer gameplay along with an updated Battle Rifle.
After what seemed to be a flurry of developer support over rumors that Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console might prevent used games from being played, a second major developer has come forward objecting that idea. And it's a big one - Saber Interactive, the current developer of the Halo franchise. This comes after CD Projekt, developer of The Witcher 2, also slammed the anti-consumer idea.
There's an extra day in February this year, and Microsoft will apparently capitalize on that extra time as the date for which the next iteration of Halo will be revealed. Halo 4 will be the focus of a company 'Spring Showcase' event, according to translations of a Finnish magazine. The game was announced in a very brief manner at last year's E3, but this event will reportedly give a much more complete look.
The fine game-oriented folks at Verizon are this month tending to the Xbox 360 crowd with an offer for FiOS internet, TV, and phone that'll give users a free copy of Halo: Anniversary as well as Xbox LIVE Gold for 12 months. The best part about it is that there's no annual contract requirement, and your price per month is locked in for two years. And Halo: Anniversary - how could you do without that if you're a true Halo fan? You absolutely cannot, that's the answer to that.
It is a brand new studio by the name of Camouflaj that creative director Ryan Payton now seeks to expand, leaving Microsoft and the Halo 4 franchise months before the fourth installment in the globally-popular shooter is ready for release. Microsoft owned 343 Industries loses Payton after approximately three years service working on the Halo franchise specifically. Before he worked with Microsoft in the USA, Payton lived in Japan where he was international manager then producer at Kojima Productions, working then in another large role: making sure Metal Gear Solid 4's controls were at top notch pre-release.
We can never underestimate the ability of a geek with a desire and a bunch of LEGO bricks to build anything that can be dreamed up. At times, we see things made for LEGO and while the scale of the construction is impressive, the overall design isn't that difficult to imagine someone building. Take that LEGO brick wall I mentioned last week, that was huge and impressive, but we have all built walls with LEGO.
Rumors are a good way to see that a particular market is strong. Especially if the rumor mill starts picking up one rumor in particular, and you start hearing it whispered in every which direction. There's a rumor that's been floating around for a little while now, but it has begun picking up steam in the last few days. So much so, in fact, that Microsoft has felt the need to step in and clarify the situation. The rumor, is that 343 Industries and Microsoft have already begun work on their next yearly installment within the Halo franchise: an HD, remade Halo: Combat Evolved.
Microsoft has released the Halo: Reach - Noble Map Pack, a new download available through Xbox Live. Priced at 800 Microsoft Points, the map pack includes three new environments - Breakpoint, Tempest and Anchor 9 - that work with the popular shooter.
With Thanksgiving come and gone it's time to start dragging out all those Christmas lights and decorations at home and in the office. I bet at least a few of you guys are the sorts who decorate their home and their office cubicle or desk with all sorts of lights and other stuff to make things look festive.
Microsoft's Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor sat last week on a panel at the Future of Television East conference last week. It was there that he sat down with some folks who work with Harold Goldberg of NY Videogame Critics Circle and spoke of the future of a Halo movie. Why hasn't a Halo movie been produced yet, Goldberg asked? O'Connor said: “It was the lawyers, ... When they went behind closed doors with the contracts, things fell apart.” O’Connor noted that the fact that Microsoft owns all rights to Halo was the breaking point, as that meant that “The problem was that the movie company couldn’t make any money beyond the movie.” But what about the future? Does O'Connor have confidence in the future of a world with more Halo? Yes. “There will be a Halo movie.”