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.
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.
The annual Con of Con’s kicked off last night in San Diego with their Wednesday preview night. Over the next 4 days San Diego convention centre plays host to the hottest names in comic books, fantasy and sci-fi fiction authors, TV shows, movies, gaming and general geek/nerd culture. In 2014 San Diego Comic Con held over 700 separate events throughout the city including hotels, the Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park and of course it’s massive convention center of which the exhibition hall is over 460,000 square feet alone.
A regular exhibitor during the annual event is of course the Microsoft Xbox team and this year they’ve put together a superb line-up for those willing to venture across to the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel (a five minute walk from the convention).
If you are in San Diego this weekend or simply interested to know what Xbox related fun you could have been having whilst mingling with A list celebrities, then keep on reading.
The Xbox Lounge has over 90 gaming stations for fans to get hands on with upcoming titles including Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Forza Motorsport 6, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. Everyday throughout the convention the team on hand will be running daily Xbox One tournaments, shoutcasting, celebrity appearances, signings, and more. The Halo 5: Guardians fans at the show should make sure to also check out a new Warzone map that will be revealed at the Xbox Lounge via a massive 6′ x 6′ map constructed by Mega Bloks.
The Xbox Lounge is located in the Manchester Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom and is open during the following times:
Thursday, July 9: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 10: 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 11: 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 12: 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Highlights include: Halo 5: Guardians “Breakout” Comes to Life, Xbox Tournaments Powered by ESL, Halo 5: Guardians at the Xbox Booth (#100 in SDCC) and The Gathering of the Laras (cosplay event). For the full list of programming at the Xbox Lounge, check out the official Xbox events schedule.
If can’t make it down to the Manchester Hyatt then make sure you at least drop by the Xbox Booth in the convention center for daily giveaways. Of course the biggest draw for many at San Diego Comic Com is the 1000’s of panels held across the four days located on and off site around the convention. Not wanting to miss out Microsoft and varios developers and publishers can be found holding talks in the following locations on the following days:
A Rare Chit Chat: Past and Future
(Room 24ABC: Thursday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Join developers from legendary game studio Rare as they celebrate 30 years of creating hits like Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie, and Perfect Dark. Explore the origins of classic titles, see how the Rare magic continues to shape future projects and meet the team behind some of gaming’s best-loved icons as they prepare for upcoming release of Rare Replay.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition: The Art of Improving on an Xbox Classic
(Room 6A: Thursday, July 9, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.)
Reigniting the passion and fervor of Gears of War fans, Xbox and The Coalition take fans behind the scenes of the fan favorite franchise – re-imagined and reloaded for Xbox One. The panel will feature Rod Fergusson (Studio Head, The Coalition), Peder Skude (Sr. Game Designer), Kyle Gaulin (Cinematics Director), and Bonnie Jean Mah (Narrative Director).
Hunt For the Truth: Following the Trail of the Halo 5: Guardians Story
(Room 6BCF: Friday, July 10, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.)
Join 343 Industries and special guests as they examine the compelling and prolific storytelling in and around Halo 5: Guardians. This panel will bring new insight into the mysteries surrounding the Master Chief, and sneak peeks of the stories we have yet to tell. Q&A session following.
The World of Albion – The History and Future of the Groundbreaking Fable Series
(Room 5AB: Friday, July 10, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Game Director David Eckelberry and Lead Designer Alex Skidmore talk through the evolution of the pioneering Fable series. Fable’s latest incarnation – Fable Legends – is no exception, bringing cross-platform play and 4v1 multiplayer, whilst maintaining the popular attributes of the franchise that players have come to love.
The Evolution of an Icon in Rise of the Tomb Raider
(Room 25ABC: Saturday, July 11, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Join key leads from the award-winning Crystal Dynamics development team – including Camilla Luddington (actress and voice of Lara Croft), Rhianna Pratchett (lead script writer), and other surprise guests – to discuss the journey of one of the most iconic characters in entertainment history.
Building the Halo Universe with the Collectible Mega Bloks Series
(Room 24ABC: Sunday, July 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
A worldwide fan-base of passionate players building an epic universe beyond gameplay. With over 65 million Halo game titles and over 35 million Mega Bloks Halo sets sold, some of the world’s most hyper-engaged fans are bringing the Halo universe to life through construction, helping to shape this legendary world in their own way. Fans can expect teasers of the new Mega Bloks Spring ’16 line and a look back at the history of Halo and Mega Bloks, info on how the games become builds with behind-the-scenes stories and making-of moments, why Halo chose Mega Bloks, and what’s next for both brands.
There are many other panels during the event with more big named developers and publishers offering up insights into newly released and upcoming games. For more information or to plan the rest of your Comic Con experience head to the official Comic-Con schedule builder.
And just when you thought things couldn’t get more exciting! Whether you’re at San Diego Comic-Con or following along at home, Xbox giving you a chance to win a collectible Xbox One.
At SDCC: Be sure to check out the custom consoles on display at the Xbox Lounge. You’ll need to tweet or post your favorite console on Instagram with #XboxSweepstakes and #SDCC for your chance to win.
Xbox owners who didn’t make it to San Diego also have a chance to enter from home. Keep your eyes peeled for the sweepstakes on your Xbox Live homepage over the weekend for details on how you can also enter.
Are you in San Diego this weekend for Comic Con? If so please let us know what you think of the convention and if you manage to get your hands on any of the games in the Xbox Lounge.
Bonnie Ross from 343 Industries opened the show and wastes no time in letting the crowd know about the fact that there are plenty of awesome games coming to the Xbox One in 2015, taking a shot at Playstation saying that Xbox have the best exclusive games THIS year!
Before we know it, Halo 5: Guardians gameplay is shown off, and it looks fantastic. Josh Holmes, Executive Producer then came on to talk about seamless co-op and introduces Warzone. Hopefully we’ll see more info about that soon, but here is a cool trailer to check out:
Next up, a World Premiere of ReCore, a first party title from the legendary creator Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime. As one of the last remaining humans, forge friendships with courageous robot companions and lead them on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world.
Then came some news that many have been waiting for since the Xbox One was first announced… Backwards Compatability. Even better news is that it’s available to Xbox Live Preview Members right now. Here is a list of games available.
Next Phil Spencer announced a new Elite Xbox One Controller that allows you to swap out features, change the analog sticks, bumpers and D-pad as you wish. There are also hair-trigger locks and the D-pad has been replaced by a textured rolling pad.
Todd Howard then came on stage to give us a good look at Fallout 4. After gameplay footage was shown it was revealed that PC Mods would be usable within the game on Xbox One.
Next up Peter Moore took to the stage and spoke about how successful EA Access has been and followed up by confirming that the next title to join the vault would be Titanfall, followed by Dragon Age Inquisition later this year. Then it was time for some zombies with the world premiere trailer for Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
Forza 6 then took centre stage, quite literally at one point. It’s looking really impressive, but will it overshadow Project CARS?
Ubisoft then joined in by showing us a brand new trailer for The Division before telling us that the Xbox will get an exclusive Beta later this year. Rainbow 6 Seige also got some time in before we were told that the Xbox 360 Vegas titles would come free with the game to play as backwards compatible titles!
A new cartoony title was shown off that would also play on Windows 10 called Gigantic, before a whole host of great looking ID@Xbox titles were shown off.
Xbox Game Preview was then revealed, it’s a new early access system that allows you to try out a game for free and then pay to be involved if you like the look of what you see. Elite Dangerous and Day Z are two of the first games involved.
Rise of the Tomb Raider then got its time to shine, this is one title I really can not wait for, and the trailer shown was pretty epic.
Rare have been up to something for a while and tonight we finally got details of what they something was, Rare Replay, a mega pack of 30 games such as Perfect Dark, Battletoads, Conkers and more. They also went onto reveal Sea of Thieves, a pirate based adventure.
Hololens made an appearance for the first time too, showing how it could be used with Minecraft, it was certainly interesting, but whether it will take off is another matter.
Last but not least, Gears of War Ultimate Edition was revealed. The original game remastered for Xbox One and releasing on August 25. The multiplayer is getting a public beta today. In fact, you should already have a code in your Xbox One messages. Gears of War 4 was then shown off, the game is due to be released at the end of 2016.
And that was it! Microsoft really went to town and impressed a lot of people, we would love to hear your thoughts!
Gears of War: Judgment from Epic Games and People Can Fly has completely divided opinions as a game that is either loved or hated by gamers since its release on March 22nd. ThisisXbox ‘loved’ it scoring the game 9.5/10 in our review and felt that all the changes were implemented for the better.
It has already been confirmed by Epic Games that Execution will return for free next week with a new map as part of a Maxim sponsorship, but the Gears of War: Judgment disc hides another old game mode from the original Gears of War – Warzone. Warzone was a classic elimination based game, and can be accessed rather easily with a few button presses. After booting the game, choose Versus Private Match and highlight Team Deathmatch, then press A. At the next prompt press the A and B buttons simultaneously. When it says “You are about to start a match. Continue?”, press A again.
Epic Games had this to tweet on the matter:
@iceman_8o4 @raczilla thanks for the heads up, was easier to leave warzone refs than rip out, it’s not the polished Execution of April 2nd
New DLC Map names were also discovered – Mausoleum (likely a re-make of the Gears 1 map of the same name), Hospital, Museum, Capitol and Haven. Both Capitol and Haven are coming as part of the free DLC on April 2nd, but it is not known if the maps are already locked on the disc.