First Look at Halo: Nightfall

From Xbox Wire:

Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo:Nightfall follows the origin story of legendary manhunter Jameson Locke (Mike Colter) and his team as they are caught in a horrific terrorist attack while investigating terrorist activity on the distant colony world of Sedra. Led by Locke, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) agents are forced to coordinate with a Sedran commander with a remarkable history and deep-rooted mistrust of ONI. As the plot unravels, they’re drawn to an ancient, hellish artifact where they’re forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives. Agent Locke is a new character in the Halo universe poised to play a major role in Halo 5: Guardians releasing on Xbox One in 2015.

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Play as Agent Locke in Halo 5: Guardians

During the Halo: Nightfall panel at San Diego Comic Con, 343 Industries officially revealed that Agent Jameson Locke will be a playable character in Halo 5: Guardians.  Gamers will begin their journey playing as Agent Locke come Halo 5′s release in November this year.  Halo: Nightfall is expected to be tied in more closely to Halo 5: Guardians than Forward Unto Dawn was for Halo 4.

Source: IGN

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MLGACE Montage by Snipetality

The long awaited montage of the competitive Halo player and Halo 4 Global Champion, Ace, is finally here. In conjunction with Hastings and our friends over at Beyond Entertainment, Snipetality has put together this awesome collection of clips from Halo 3, Halo: Reach and Halo 4 gameplay over the course of his gaming career, including his crowning moment of the Halo 4 Global Championship from last year.

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Podtacular 433: Anniversary Mayhem

The news train for Halo: The Master Chief Collection keeps rolling through with info more info dropped during the Halo panel at RTX 2014.  On last week’s show, we touched on a few things that they revealed, but we go over all the new developments from RTX on the latest Halo experience.  San Diego Comic Con is right around the corner though and 343 has given us a glimpse of what will be there in this week’s Halo BulletinFlamesword makes the Community Spotlight this week and a British actress, Christina Chong, has been announced to be a lead actor for Macer in the upcoming Halo: Nightfall production.

Among the official news is also community related news that we’re excited about.  Our good friends over at Drunken Halo Podcast are hosting their third 1v1 tournament.  The Forward Unto Dawn Podcast is back after a five-month hiatus talking about their take on the latest Halo developments and how everything behind the mythos of the universe is being affected.  Over at HaloGAF, our friends have restarted their podcast under the name Reclaimer Radio.

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Microsoft Closing Down Xbox Entertainment Studios

As part of a company-wide restructuring and reduction of jobs over the next year, Microsoft will shut down it’s Xbox Entertainment Studios.  XES just debut this past month with “Every Street United” and had a lineup of programming announced earlier in the year including Halo: Nightfall and the Halo TV Series.  All of the current productions will finish up including the Halo series, but Microsoft will slowly wind down the studio and continue pursuing app partnerships with other entertainment providers like Netflix and TV providers.  Microsoft started focusing on the gamers as evident with the presentation at E3 this year.  With the price reduction of the Xbox One removing the Kinect, sales of the console more than doubled last month.  More info about the announcement and a letter sent out from Phil Spencer, head of Xbox can be found on

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Podtacular 432: RTX 2014

RTX 2014 was just this past weekend and the experience put on by the RT staff and Guardians keeps getting better. Among all the booths on the floor, we had many opportunities to catch up with fans and friends including 343 Industries, Certain Affinity and GrifballHub.  There were several panels of interest as well, including the Grifball, the Master Chief Collection, and Dust Storm’s very own Podcasting panels.  We got a lot of new information regarding Halo 2 Anniversary from Gungeese to Coagulation.  More details will be discussed on our next show, but for now we recap our RTX memories with Goosechecka from GrifballHub, Justin Bryce from Drunken Halo Podcast and Biowolf.

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Master Chief Collection Terminal Trailer

The terminal trailer that was shown at today’s Halo panel during RTX is out for the public. We know the Arbiter played a key part in Halo’s campaign experience and we’ll get a bigger understanding of his past through the terminals in Halo 2 Anniversary. Discuss in our forums.

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