343 Already Working on Halo 6 And Knows “What’s Going to Happen 10 Years From Now”

343 Studios has established itself as an integral component of Halo’s success in recent years and no longer intimidated by Bungie and the franchise’s roots. To mark Halo 5’s pending release, 343 Studios decided to talk about the future in an upcoming Golden Joysticks special and divulged information about a “fictional foundation” for the next 20 years. The franchise developer director Frank O’ Connor explained:

“We do kind of know what’s going to happen in the next game pretty well at this point,”  

“We’re doing serious real planning and even some writing on the next game already, and that’s a luxury – we’ve never been in that position before. So we both know at a very high level what’s going to happen in, say, ten years from now. But at that very granular level knowing what’s going to happen in the next game and that’s just been a great feeling for me”. 

343’s head Bonnie Ross also added:

“You can look at the ending of Halo 4 – and where Master Chief is, and obviously we had to know where we were going to take Halo 5 and Halo 6 with that. You have an epic sci-fi universe and we have multiple ways that we can go with this story, but all the pieces are laying there. The canvas is there for us to paint”. 

The developer is highly ambitious and sees a very bright future ahead for the Halo series. It’s not uncommon for the next game to be worked on before the latest addition has been released. It’s interesting to see the company plan decades ahead and not I’m entirely convinced people will be enthralled by a game with so many sequels. Hopefully, the series continues to be a success but I highly doubt Halo will be the big seller it is now in 20 years time.

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Halo Mod for Arma 3 Looks Amazing!

A Halo mod for Arma 3 released by Foehammer Studios has just been released under the name of The Eridanus Insurrection. Its description tells us that the mod focuses on the civil war between the UNSC (United Nations Space Command) and the Insurrectionists, who are various groups of rebel factions within the human colonies.

The mod is said to add a multitude of factions, wider variety of weaponry and vehicles and a custom-made terrain for users to play on when the final version is released. Currently, the mod is at its 0.1 alpha stage and can be downloaded from here.

Halo fans should know that the mod will not include Covenants or Master Chief himself. Still, the idea itself seems promising!

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Halo Motorcycle Helmet Lets You Ride as Master Chief

Now all you bikers can straddle your ride dressed like Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 with this officially licensed Halo motorcycle helmet. The limited edition Spartan Armor helmet – rumoured since last year after a partnership deal between NECA and 343 Industries – is made by US collectibles giant NECA and will be available in July this year.

From the NECA website:

Exterior Features:

  • Convenient modular design
  • ABS shell with matte UV-protective clear coat
  • Front air intakes reduce shield fogging; rear exhaust vents keep head cool and dry
  • Reflective shield with UV protection
  • Double D-ring nylon chin strap with snap secure
  • Game-authentic deco

Interior Features:

  • Contoured center pad with a design that allows heat to dissipate from the top of the scalp
  • Dual-layer EPS cheek pads for a firm, comfortable fit
  • Center pad and cheek pads are removable and washable
  • Soft, moisture-wicking material
  • Eyeglasses friendly interior

Additional Features:

  • Meets or exceeds DOT standards (FMVSS 49 CFR 571.218)
  • Nylon drawstring helmet bag included
  • Available in S (55-56 cm), M (57-58 cm), L (59-60 cm), XL (61-62 cm)
  • Limited edition

Source: NECA

Check out These Stunning Halo: Guardians Multiplayer Screenshots

The team at 343i are still hard at work on the next installment in the Halo franchise main series, Halo 5. The game will hit the Xbox One some time next-year, but for now you can squeeze some beta access through Halo: The Master Chief Collection which launched today.

So far, it looks like Halo 5 is shaping up very nicely and these early screenshots of the multiplayer are certainly proof of that. It’s a shame we have to wait for the new installment in this legendary franchise to hit our screens, but at least we have a HD re-release of the first four entries in the series to keep us entertained.

For now, please enjoy the screenshots below.

Which aspects of Halo 5 are you most looking forward to? Personally I can’t wait to play the campaign in split-screen co-op. Let us know in the comments section below.

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Misha Mansoor and Steve Vai Featured in Halo: Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is almost here and for me personally it’s turning out to be one of the greatest games this year. Not only am I a big Halo fan, mostly due to the fact that I regularly play games from the series on split-screen co-op, but I’m also a fan of the music in the game. Legendary guitarist Steve Vai is returning to re-record his iconic track from Halo 2, as well as metal legend Misha Mansoor of the band Periphery lending his talents, so things are shaping up pretty well for the new Halo release.

I’m a big fan of both of these musicians and a new track from each of them is something I’m eager to here. We do have some clips for you below, but since they’ve been streamed on Twitch, then ripped from the stream, then re-uploaded, they sound like they’ve been filtered through a bad of scrap metal; they do however give you a taste of what is to come, so they’re better than nothing.

The entire set of sound effects and the original music score have been re-recorded too, mixed to surround sound and the overall quality improved by a lot. You’ll even be able to toggle between the old sound and the new sound should you not like the modern takes, or perhaps you just prefer the retro ones.

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The soundtrack is said to release on the game’s launch day and should include a double CD as well as a special edition vinyl.

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New Video Shows Halo 3 Running on Xbox One

Microsoft have finally revealed footage of Halo 3 running on the Xbox One. The footage was taken from the upcoming release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection which launches on the console later this year. The developers have already been eager to show off Halo 2, which has been given a full remastering treatment, much like they did with Halo: CE  a couple of years ago. However, this was only to bring it in line with CE, 3 and 4, all of which have had an Xbox 360 release, this means that Halo 3 won’t be getting the full head to toe overhaul.

The graphics have been touched up where needed, 3D models improved and detail added where appropriate, but this is still pretty much the original Halo 3. The graphics are a huge amount clearer and smoother, running 1920 x 1080 @ 60FPS with a new set of shaders, water and lighting effects to really spruce things up. you can see the draw distance, LOD, AA and other things are improved in the video, but unfortunately YouTubes potatoesque compression does nothing for the resolution and FPS of the original footage.

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First Footage of Live-Action Halo: Nightfall TV Series Revealed

The first footage of the upcoming Halo: Nightfall TV series is finally here! The series is being produced by the legendary Ridley Scott and co-developed by 343 Industries. The show takes place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, setting the pace for next years block buster game and warming up audiences just in time for Halo: The Master Chief Collection later this year.

The series will follow the story of Jameson Locke, who is said to be a playable character in Halo 5. Jamesons character will be played by Mike Colter (Million Dollar Baby, Zero Dark Thirty) in the TV series.

The series is set to launch in November, around the same time as the Master Chief Collection which contains Halo 1 – 4 with beefed up graphics, 1080p @ 60FPS gameplay (a first for the series) and all the released multiplayer maps from each title.

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If you’re eager for more Halo, book a few weeks off work in November and December, because there is a lot of awesome Halo content ahead!

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Halo Master Chief Motorcycle Helmet Prototype Revealed

Master Chief may be a virtual character from the Halo series, but he is owner to one of the coolest helmet designs in gaming history. With the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming later this year, I can think of a cooler way to show off your love for one of the most iconic shooters in video game history than this kick-ass helmet.

While only in sculpt prototype from at the moment, this Halo inspired motorcycle helmet looks freaking awesome. Not only because it will keep your head safe when you’re out for a ride, but it will also double up as a great bit of cosplay great.

The helmet is still in production, but the team behind it expect it will be release in 2015. If you could have a video game inspired bike helmet, what would it be? Personally I would go for Grey Fox’s mask from Metal Gear Solid.

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[Rumour] Halo: The Master Chief Collection For Xbox One

Yesterday we brought you the breaking new of Halo 5: Guardians, the next iteration in the legendary shooter that defined a generation of console gaming for Xbox. Unfortunately, that game won’t be out until later next year, pushing to over 3 years since Halo 4. So what are Microsoft working on to get people interested in the Xbox One, especially given that Master Chief is their ultimate exclusive title.

Rumour had it that Halo 2: Anniversary is in the works, in fact that rumour has a lot of merits to it anyway. Saber Interactive, the team who did the Halo CE: Anniversary have been developing an as yet unannounced Xbox One title since they finished up on the Halo CE, so it seems fairly safe to assume their still under contract with Microsoft.

The new rumour is even better, with sources close to the team at Engadget (who are not exactly known for publishing weak rumours) revealing that Master Chief is to get an HD collection. The bundle is said to contain Halo: CE, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4! Unfortunately, ODST and Reach are not included in the set, but it makes sense to stick to the mainline series for the collection, as they don’t directly feature Master Chief.

Microsoft said they want to release a Halo title more than once every three years, if they leave it for another year until Halo 5 is released, they’ll miss that self-imposed goal. If Microsoft do create this bundle, it will be their licence to print money, Halo series with improved graphics and the return of some of the finest multiplayer gaming consoles have ever seen can only be a good thing for the Xbox One.

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