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Xbox @ gamescom – Halo World Championship announced


The Halo series has always been synonymous with console eSports and online competition. And with that, Microsoft have announced inaugural Halo World Championship – which launches later this winter, and features a prize pool starting at $1 million dollars.

The Halo World Championship will focus on Halo 5: Guardians’ hyper-competitive Arena multiplayer experience. During their gamescom 2015 briefing today, Microsoft showcased through the new Spectator Mode in a match-up between two of the best pro teams in the world, Team Epsilon and OpTic Gaming, on a brand-new Arena multiplayer map: Coliseum.

Coliseum has everything that makes a great competitive arena experience: It’s a symmetrical, two-base map that includes a unique mix of elevation and sight lines, and it’s purposely built for a wide variety of fast-paced multiplayer modes. The map’s story harkens back to the first incursions of the Flood into the Forerunners’ outer territories signaled the beginning of a centuries-long war. Although they immediately summoned the full strength of their navy, most Warrior-Servants recognized that this conflict would be won or lost on the ground. Hidden safely in the shadows of the Burn, this military compound provided a necessary proving ground, strategically honing those who were destined for sacrificial glory.

Also this week, the Halo 5: Guardians gamescom Invitational 2015 will take place on Friday, August 7 in the ESL Arena on the gamescom show floor. The Invitational will feature a first look at high-stakes Arena gameplay – which focuses on pure, skill-based 4v4 combat, and features four of the top teams in the world: Epsilon Esports (EU), Supremecy (EU), CAZ.Esports (EU) and OpTic Gaming (NA). Gamescom is the perfect place to demonstrate the excitement and caliber of Halo eSports that we’ll see coming to the World Championship later this year.

Xbox @ gamescom – Halo 5 Limited Edition 1TB Console


Arriving October 20th is this amazing Halo 5 limited edition 1TB console, an inspirational looking limited edition based around the character’s design and the items from around the Halo universe, the Master Chief inspired controller will be sold separately in October.

This console will come with a download card to pre-load Halo 5 but it will not allow you to actually play until it releases on the 27th, the Halo 5 1TB console is available to pre-order now.

Xbox @ gamescom – Halo 5 multiplayer


Halo has a captivating story but when a few friends are online, then multiplayer is the agenda to wreak havoc however you see fit, the series returns with new multiplayer modes Warzone, which is a huge 24 player battle with vehicles enabled and the main focus of Halo 5 for Esports, Arena is pure 4v4 combat and also mixes things up with slayer and other objective based game types.

Xbox @ gamescom – Halo Wars 2


We all hoped that Halo Wars would eventually receive a sequel – we even had it as a prediction in our E3 TiXcast – and today at gamescom Xbox have confirmed that Halo Wars 2 is in production.

I hope you will agree that this is great news… but wait… I have more for you! The team behind the next Halo Wars is none other than Total War developer Creative Assembly! The bad news… it’s penned for the fall of 2016.

Check out the teaser trailer below.

The Halo Channel drops on to iOS and Android devices


Now you can enjoy all your favourite Halo programs on the move – the Halo Channel is available on iOS and Android – but before you jump for joy too much, it’s worth noting that some shows aren’t available! I’m looking at you Halo Nightfall – even though it states on the website that you can view it – doing so gives you the message that the content is only available via the Halo Channel on Xbox One or Windows.

You can however view a ton of additional content that does work via the smartphone app, and the app UI is pretty damn slick too – well played 343i.

You can download the Halo Channel for iOS here, or for Android here. Fans who download the app and watched any video will receive a unique emblem REQ pack for Halo 5 Guardians.

Halo: Hunters In The Dark book review

Halo Hunters in the Dark Featured Image

New York Times bestselling author Peter David and is well known for his work across comic books, novels, televisions, movies and video games. Peter was the writer behind The Incredible Hulk comics for nearly 12 years and TV shows like Babylon 5 and Young Justice. This isn’t his first novel set within a game universe however. In 2010 Peter wrote The Balverine Order, a novel set between the events of the Fable II and Fable III video games for Xbox 360.


Synopsis / Summary

It is 2555, more than two years after the Master Chief went missing-in-action following a decisive conflict on Installation 00 – the massive, extragalactic Forerunner construct known as the Ark – as part of the final chapter in humanity’s bloody thirty-year struggle against the overwhelming forces of the Covenant. Now, as a tenuous peace exists between the humans and the Elites, a startling scientific discovery is made… and the riddle behind its Forerunner origins could very well seal the fate of the entire galaxy within a matter of weeks. In order to unravel these dangerous secrets, a heroic, hastily formed coalition of humans and Elites must attempt to overcome their differences as they embark on a covert mission back to the Ark—an astonishing, enigmatic place beyond comprehension from which few have returned and where mortal danger awaits them all.

Halo: Hunters in the Dark is the 15th novel-length book in the Halo franchise and the second to be released in 2015. Set in 2555 (two years after the end of Halo 3, the novel follows a joint UNSC/Sangheili expedition to the remains of the Ark to solve a mystery that threatens everyone in the galaxy.

Hunters in the Dark is a solid piece of fiction and an awesome addition to the Halo universe. The story » Continue Reading.

E3 Microsoft Conference – Halo 5 Warzone announced


After watching the epic gameplay from Halo 5: Guardians, we were treated to the first look at WARZONE, an epic new way of playing Halo online.

Check out the trailer below and we’ll give you more details once we have them.

Breaking down the Map – Halo Channel


Now that you can get your hands on the latest multiplayer map on Halo 2: Anniversary, the Halo Channel have taken the chance to break down the map, check out the video below.

Halo 3: ODST now available


Earlier in the week we reported that the Halo 3: ODST release date had been accidentally revealed by only to be quashed by 343 Industries, well the very next day after the ‘release date’ eligible players started to receive codes for the game!

The Halo 3: ODST campaign will be free to players who logged in to their Xbox Live account and played Halo: The Master Chief Collection between Nov. 11, 2014 and Dec. 19, 2014.

Otherwise it’s available for the outrageous price of £3.99/$4.99.

The update to the game also includes access to Remnant, a re-imagined version of the Halo 2 multiplayer map, which is free for all.

Have you played the remastered ODST yet? How are you finding it?

Halo 3: ODST release date revealed and then quashed


Earlier on today you may have notice that was playing games with us all by revealing that the Halo 3: ODST remaster was due to be released this Friday.

It seems that isn’t the case as confirmed by 343 industries:

A placeholder release date for the ODST campaign for Halo: The Master Chief Collection was inadvertently listed on the Xbox Store. (1/2)

— Halo (@Halo) May 27, 2015

We continue final testing and will make an official announcement once our release date is determined, and apologize for any confusion. (2/2)

— Halo (@Halo) May 27, 2015

The game is being offered as a free download to all Master Chief Collection players who bought and played the game between launch and December 19 – where frankly the game just failed to work outside of single-player.

As soon as we get a proper release date we’ll let you know.