Dive Deeper into the Master Chief Collection from the Gamescom Xbox Booth

gamescom-2014-halo-2-anniversary-multiplayer-sanctuary-concept-cliffFrom Gamescom, 343 Industries continues to gives us more tidbits of information expanding on the announcements made during the Xbox briefing on Monday.  From the Xbox booth they have had two streams covering different areas of the Master Chief Collection.

Halo Channel and Halo 2 Anniversary

On Tuesday morning, Geoff Keighley sat down with Kiki Wolfkill and Dan Ayoub.  The first part of the interview focused on the Halo Channel, which is not a replacement of Halo Waypoint, but more of an evolution of it.  Kiki explains that the channel is designed to behave like premium TV programming and is geared to be an interactive entertainment channel.  One example of this is the Halo Bulletin will become a weekly video production that will be featured on the Halo Channel.

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Podtacular 438: Shrine

Continuing our Gamescom coverage, more details about the Master Chief Collection continue to surface from interviews with 343 Industries to YouTubers uploading gameplay footage from Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer. Since the Xbox briefing on Tuesday, Xbox put on two different streams to dive further into the information presented during the briefing.  Our next glimpse at the Master Chief Collection will be at Pax in two weeks.  Meanwhile, we wrap up our Gamescom coverage and can’t wait to get our hands on it in Seattle.

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Delta Halo Gameplay from GamesCom

gamescom-2014-halo-2-anniversary-establishing-delta-halo-bridgeAt E3, we got our first looks at the remastered Halo 2 Anniversary Campaign on Cairo Station, the first playable mission in the game.  At GamesCom, 343 showed off live gameplay from Delta Halo during the Xbox Press briefing and in subsequent streams throughout the week.  The remastered campaign will feature instant switching between old and new graphics running at 1080p, 60fps and have Xbox Live Co-op campaign for up to two players.





Honor Guard




Sniper Paradise

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Podtacular 437: Gamescom 2014 Halo Debrief

Gamescom has been a whirlwind of Halo information and juicy details on the upcoming Master Chief Collection. At the end of the Xbox Press event Tuesday morning, Halo took to the stage to tell us about the upcoming Halo Channel App for Xbox one and Windows 8.1 devices, more details on the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, live gameplay demo of Delta Halo, and Sanctuary unveiled as the next map to officially join the Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer experience.  On this impromptu podcast, we discuss everything revealed during the Halo presentation and other information released throughout the day.

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Sanctuary Joins Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer

gamescom-2014-halo-2-anniversary-sanctuary-faceoffDuring yesterday’s Halo presentation in the Xbox briefing, Sanctuary was officially announced to join Ascension, Coagulation and Zanzibar in Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer.  Sanctuary is one of the more iconic competitive maps from Halo 2 and earns a well-deserved spot in the remastered multiplayer experience.  Two more maps are yet to be revealed with Lockout being unofficially announced by Frankie on NeoGAF, and Beaver Creek being speculated from it’s appearance in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta trailer.



Sanctuary Comparison – Tomb of Heroes


Sanctuary Comparison – Ancient Secrets

Concept Art

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Get a First Look at the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta


Get a First Look at the Next Generation of Halo Multiplayer

During the Xbox Press briefing, 343 Industries took to the stage to talk about Halo: The Master Chief Collection.  During the Halo presentation, they showed off more of what’s to come with the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta coming this December.  Not only will the beta focus on an arena style of Halo gameplay, but is an opportunity for 343 to get valuable fan feedback during the development of the multiplayer experience.

The multiplayer beta includes 11 weapons, 7 maps, 3 game modes and 7 armor sets you can customize. The arena shooter focus of the beta will include 4v4 games to refine the competitive nature at the core of the Halo experience.  The multiplayer beta also features “Fair Starts” as described by Quinn DelHoyo:

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Halo Channel Announced at Gamescom

Halo Channel: Your destination for all things Halo Universe

This morning at Gamescom, 343 Industries announced the Halo Channel, a new interactive digital experience that aims to be your source for everything related to the Halo Universe.  The new Xbox One and Windows 8.1 devices app connects you to original programming like Halo: Forward Unto Dawn and the upcoming Halo: Nightfall, as well as Community Content, background information into the Halo franchise harkening to the likes of an encyclopedia, and supercharged Twitch integration.  The app launches this fall with The Master Chief Collection on November 11th.

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