Showing posts with label 343 Industries. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Halo Infinite Delayed to 2021

343 Industries and Microsoft have officially moved Halo Infinite holiday 2020 release window to 2021.

In mid-July, developer 343 Industries and SkyBox Labs, in association with publisher Xbox Game Studios has unveiled a much-anticipated gameplay for upcoming first-person shooter title Halo Infinite at Xbox Games Showcase digital event.

Response from player community was largely negative and as a follow-up to fan-backlash, 343 Industries studio head Chris Lee recently came out announcing an inevitable delay of release until 2021 on social media citing multiple factors.

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Halo Infinite Delayed to 2021

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Reaction from fans to first gameplay demo received a lot of criticisms online for its graphics that doesn't seem very "next-gen". Many even pointed out that its graphics looked outdated, much more in line with Halo: Combat Evolved.

Xbox games marketing manager Aaron Greenberg came to defend their work saying Halo Infinite is still a "work-in-progress" and claimed that there was enough time for dev team to do some polishing before holiday 2020 launch date.

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Recent official statement from Chris Lee on Twitter reveals current development update of Halo Infinite.


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343 had to come to a hard decision to move release window for one of the biggest launch titles for Xbox Series X to 2021. Chris Lee pointed out development challenges during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic among many contributing factors.

Latest statement from 343 studio boss Chris Lee has only confirmed what many were already suspecting for a while. Although a very difficult decision, Microsoft had to ensure that they can deliver a definitive Halo game experience for all.

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Despite Lee making no direct reference to immense player backlash received from Xbox Games Showcase last month, it's safe to assume that they were forced to postpone Xbox Series X launch title upon failing to live up to fan-expectations.

Halo Infinite was originally planned to release in holiday 2020 with next-gen console launch but is now pushed back unfortunately. Series X will make its debut on November and Microsoft has yet to announce a new release date for Infinite.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Add Cross-Play

343 Industries plans to add cross-play, custom game browser and more to Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

While anticipating release of upcoming first-person shooter Halo Infinite for holiday 2020, developer 343 Industries and publisher Xbox Game Studios are still committed to include new games to Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

In a recent update, Halo 3 joined Master Chief Collection and 343 Industries plans to introduce cross-play, custom game browser, input-based matchmaking, keyboard and mouse support and server region selection by end of 2020.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Add Cross-Play

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Cross-play support will enable players on Windows PC and Xbox consoles to jump together into adventure. You are most likely to get paired with a player with same input device such as controller or keyboard, in input-based matchmaking.

Aside from their key-features to include in roadmap for 2020, dev team has also planned for double keybinds for all games, in-game frame rate cap adjustments, PC file share, quality of life improvements, Steam account linking and more.

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Despite having a rocky launch back in 2014, Master Chief Collection has improved over time and 343 seems to be more than willing to update its multiplayer experience just for the price of base game or an Xbox Game Pass membership.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection was originally launched by 343 Industries and Microsoft with Halo: Reach back in 2019. Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 and Halo 3 have been added to Halo: MCC and Halo 3: ODST is expected to join next.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Halo Infinite Campaign Gameplay Revealed

343 Industries offers a first-look at campaign gameplay of Halo Infinite during Xbox Games Showcase today.

A year ago, a cinematic trailer titled "Discover Hope" offered first glimpse at story premise for upcoming first-person shooter title Halo Infinite by developer 343 Industries and SkyBox Labs, in association with publisher Xbox Game Studios.

Since E3 2020 has now been cancelled due to a global pandemic of Coronavirus outbreak, 343 Industries and Microsoft announced in March to reveal long-anticipated gameplay footage in a demo trailer at Xbox Games Showcase digital event.

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Halo Infinite Campaign Gameplay Revealed

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Take a first look at Halo Infinite official gameplay video in real-time from early hours of story campaign.




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After a Pelican pilot finds Master Chief floating in space, he reaches out and revives him earlier. As they are forced to crash land on the ring when they are shot at with anti-aircraft guns, Chief decides to go out and take care of business.

Halo Infinite delves into its classic gameplay mechanic from very beginning and players will be wielding a variety of weapons. To engage enemies in combat, Chief will be using MA40 assault rifle to VK78 Commando and even plasma grenade.

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Driving a Warthog into battle, he comes across several members of the alien race known as Banished and their War Chief Escharum. John-117 can traverse through locations using a world map or simply running and gunning towards levels.

Infinite is said to be several times larger than last two series releases, powered by Slipspace Engine. One of the most amazing feats of display was latest inclusion of grappling hook for traversal into map and return of shield technology.

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One missing aspect was exclusion of online multiplayer mode, which is an essential experience for any games of Halo series. Microsoft Studios hosting a major reveal event without giving a peek at multiplayer gameplay seems quite odd.

Xbox has announced recently that there will be another digital showcase in coming months to reveal Xbox Series X launch date and hopefully, they will treat fans with a much-awaited look at Halo Infinite multiplayer mode at a later date.

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A brief cinematic trailer teases an expansive Halo Infinite campaign with MJOLNIR armor assembling.




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Infinite is a launch title for Microsoft's next-gen console and a "spiritual reboot" to Halo military shooter franchise. However, gameplay demo didn't look much like next-gen compared to any of its very impressive looking cut-scenes so far.

Though a release date is yet to be revealed, Halo Infinite is set to arrive this holiday season for Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles via Microsoft Store and Steam, while also simultaneously launching on Xbox Game Pass.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Becomes Best-Selling Steam Game

Right after launching on PC, Halo: The Master Chief Collection becomes top-selling game on Steam.

After recent change in business strategy of introducing first-party games on PC and Xbox consoles in recent years, Microsoft Studios have announced to bring Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC via Steam earlier this year.

Five years after original release on Xbox One, players can finally enjoy Halo: MCC on a platform other than console and this definitive series compilation becomes top-selling game on Steam following recent inclusion of Halo: Reach.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Becomes Best-Selling Steam Game

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Master Chief Collection on PC comes with key-features like better optimization settings, 67 campaign missions, over 120 multiplayer maps, access to Halo Insiders program and more, which are clear improvements over Xbox release.

MCC bundle debuts with Reach and will continue to launch five more remaining titles by ending with Halo 4 in 2020. Those games will be adding more single-player and multiplayer content, which would possibly draw more players then.

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Before debuting on popular PC gaming platform Steam, players had to purchase through and play the game using Windows Live service. However, things have changed for better and Microsoft is even offering Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Launching in parts, you can purchase MCC at Steam for $39.99 only or get it on Game Pass for PC at just $5.99. Currently, they are offering a deal of only $1 for three months but fans are mostly heading over to Valve outlet.

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Right now, Master Chief Collection is outperforming other global top-selling and most played games like Monster Hunter: World and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, both of which are available at 50% discount on the platform.

Although Microsoft is more interested in garnering more members for Game Pass service, Xbox head Phil Spencer considers people buying the game on Steam or their subscription service a major win despite their main focus on the latter.

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Military sci-fi first-person shooter series Halo undoubtedly is one of the most iconic video game franchises from Microsoft Studios but MCC topping PC sales chart was largely unexpected now that it is gotten old and was buggy at launch.

It has likely happened because Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been a console-exclusive that has debuted on largest community platform for PC players and Microsoft has fixed a lot of its issues for port over past few years.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Halo Infinite Lead Producer Exits 343 Industries

Mary Olson, lead campaign producer of upcoming first-person shooter title Halo Infinite leaves 343 Industries this weekend.

A short while ago in August, news came out that creative director Tim Longo of upcoming first-person shooter game Halo Infinite has left developer studio 343 Industries, only a year before its scheduled release in fall 2020.

According to Reddit and ResetEra, the company is seeing another leadership shakeup this weekend as lead campaign producer Mary Olson is also leaving 343, who was an executive producer and was promoted earlier.

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Halo Infinite Lead Producer Exits 343 Industries

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Such big departures from a very ambitious project over a short period time would likely to have people assume that the project is currently having a leadership crisis and though it is a valid concern, an employee of 343 suggests otherwise.

After Olson's departure became public knowledge, Halo community manager John Junyszek came forward clarifying what both Tim & Mary's roles were within company, which seems to create a lot of confusion lately.

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Junyszek wrote his point in a Reddit comment from his account where he talked about what Mary Olson and Tim Longo was doing at 343. Longo was hired to make creative decisions about game direction including campaign, multiplayer and more.

Mary was an executive producer, who then became lead producer to help development team deliver the game before holiday 2020 release date and her primary objective was to focus on achieve completion of its core campaign.

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Olson joins developer/publisher Midwinter Entertainment to work on upcoming multiplayer survival shooter Scavengers. Nevertheless, it won't cause any creative dilemma as she was not in charge of major creative decisions at 343 Industries.

Halo Infinite was announced as a launch title for next-gen Microsoft console Project Scarlett back in E3 2019, which will see long-awaited return of a renowned first-person shooter game series next year and a cross-platform release.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Halo Infinite Creative Director Exits 343 Industries

Tim Longo, creative director for upcoming first-person shooter title Halo Infinite leaves 343 Industries this week.

It has taken fifteen years for first-person shooter franchise Halo to return with a mainline sequel that is Halo Infinite, revealed back in E3 2018 and that teaser trailer was followed by another one during Xbox press briefing at E3 2019.

Currently scheduled for release window of fall 2020, developer 343 Industries is seeing a sudden leadership shakeup only a year before planned launch as creative director of the game, Tim Longo leaves studio this week.

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Halo Infinite Creative Director Exits 343 Industries

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Longo is an industry veteran who worked for Crystal Dynamics and Lucas Arts, being involved in games like Jedi Knight and Republic Commando. He also acted as creative director for Halo 5: Guardians during his stint on 343 Industries.

Following his departure, Chris Lee is going to lead ongoing production of the project forward with its original creative vision in mind as studio head. Also, this sudden change of leadership will not have any effect on the game release date.

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Microsoft has released an official statement on this recent change and what it means for Infinite development team.

Roles and responsibilities of various team members regularly evolve to meet the needs of a game, throughout development. We have recently had two changes to the Halo Infinite development team. Our Executive Producer, Mary Olson will now take charge of the Campaign team on Halo Infinite as the Lead Producer, utilizing her many years of experience at 343 to help craft a great campaign for fans. Additionally, Tim Longo has recently departed our team and we are truly thankful for his many contributions to our games, our studio and the Halo universe. We wish Tim nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

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Upcoming Halo game is going to be a launch title for Project Scarlett, which is being developed using new Slipspace Engine and to bring back everyone's favorite four-player split-screen gameplay while not featuring any battle royale mode.

Regardless of Microsoft's assures, fans have reasons to be concerned seeing a huge leadership shakeup at this point of development, especially because success of Halo Infinite will somewhat determine future of Xbox brand in gaming industry.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Halo TV Series Casts Natascha McElhone as Cortana

Showtime has announced six new casts for upcoming live-action Halo TV series, including Cortana.

Following announcement of Halo Infinite back at E3 2018 press conference, 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios officially revealed a live-action TV series based on military sci-fi shooter video game franchise Halo on Showtime.

In April 2019, series protagonist Master Chief John-117 was cast and now, here comes more six new casting announcements including actor Natascha McElhone (Californication, Designated Survivor) playing Cortana and Dr. Catherine Halsey.

Halo TV Series Casts Natascha McElhone as Cortana

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McElhone actually made her name thorough another show from same TV network and will be playing two prominent roles. She will primarily play as an advanced artificial intelligence construct named Cortana, a guide to John-117.

Her second role is of a female scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey, who has birthed both SPARTAN Program to create futuristic super soldiers and superior battlesuits, Mjolnir Powered Assault Armor that is used for tactical military combat.

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Natascha McElhone Cast as Cortana and Dr. Catherine Halsey

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Halsey's brain was used as a template to create Cortana and she would serve as an AI companion to Master Chief. According to recent press release from Showtime network, she will be a key the survival of human race on the show.

Actor Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo, Underground) joins on board in role of privateer Soren-066 and old friend of John-117. Veteran actor Shabana Azmi (Fire, Godmother) will be playing Admiral Margaret Parangosky of Naval Intelligence.

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Bokeem Woodbine and Shabana Azmi Cast as Soren-066 and Admiral Margaret Parangosky

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An extended cast list also adds actors Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Edge of Tomorrow), Kate Kennedy (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Handy) and Natasha Culzac (Cursed, Netflix's The Witcher) in role of three original Spartans.

This array of new cast members will join Canadian-American actor Pablo Schreiber (American Gods, Orange Is the New Black) and Yerin Ha for a 9-episode first Season of Halo TV series, which is being produced by developer 343 Industries.

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Bentley Kalu, Kate Kennedy and Natasha Culzac Cast as Spartans

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Production is scheduled to begin this fall in Budapest with writer/producer Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star) serving as executive producer alongside British film director Steven Kane (The Closer, The Last Ship), joining as co-showrunner.

Pilot and a few other episodes for upcoming Halo TV series will be directed by Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders). Showtime is looking forward to premiere the show on first quarter of 2021 but an official date is yet to be announced.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Halo Infinite E3 2019 Trailer

Master Chief returns for his next big adventure in new E3 2019 trailer of upcoming Xbox Scarlett launch title Halo Infinite.

Last year at E3 2018 event, a reveal trailer for upcoming first-person shooter title Halo Infinite from Halo franchise by developer 343 Industries and publisher Xbox Game Studios was premiered with a planned release on PC and Xbox One.

Currently schedule to launch for holiday 2020, Infinite follows narrative continuity from Halo 5: Guardians to a new chapter. A brand-new cinematic trailer is dropped at E3 2019 stage and with that, Master Chief returns to action once again.

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Halo Infinite E3 2019 Trailer

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Witness the anticipated return of a legendary hero in new trailer of Halo Infinite titled "Discover Hope" with a glimpse of storyline.




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A lone Pelican pilot wakes up from sleep due to an abrupt WARNING call from his ship and detects a breach that he quickly takes care of. He then finds a hologram projector with recorded messages from his wife and daughter.

Suddenly, he starts getting signal from a friendly and immediately runs to cockpit to respond to it thinking of it coming from a nearby ship. Upon brushing off mists from his front, he sees an inert Master Chief hovering around in space.

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He brings aboard the floating armor and tries to override it assuming the suit has gone into survival mode after burning up power cells. A jolt of power brings back his internal system online and the man exclaims in joy for going home.

When he was asked about a status report, Chief is asked to take a peak outside and he sees a destroyed Halo Ring. Apparently, humanity has lost and there is nothing left anymore but John came back in time for his next big adventure and save humanity.

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Entirety of the trailer above is generated Slipspace Engine, a powerful engine specifically built by 343 Industries to develop their most ambitious project yet. Also, popular split-screen support feature is coming back for multiplayer mode.

Development team at 343 is addressing Infinite as a spiritual reboot for Halo series that would be honoring glorified legacy of Master Chief while trying to make it easy for any newcomers to jump into it without feeling detached to its lore.

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A new journey for series protagonist Master Chief is ahead of us which will be set on a grounded promise for players to help relate. Although we are seriously lacking some sight of gameplay footages right now, hopefully something will come up soon.

It was revealed during Xbox press briefing that Halo Infinite will be a launch title for upcoming next gen Microsoft console Project Scarlett, which is reportedly four times more powerful than currently world's most powerful console Xbox One X.