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Halo 3 ODST coming to Master Chief Collection

December 22, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

And it’s free if you’ve played MCC before 19th December!.

Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries, announced over the weekend that any players who have been experiencing issues with the online content on Halo: The Master Chief Collection (i.e. all of them) will be getting a little something extra in their stocking by way of an apology.

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A Thank You to Our Fans from Bonnie Ross

December 19, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Last month, I promised the Halo and Xbox community that addressing the matchmaking issues and other bugs impacting players’ experience with Halo: The Master Chief Collection was our #1 priority. We’ve been working around the clock deploying weekly content updates and numerous server-side adjustments that have shown good results and we’re encouraged by the feedback we’re hearing from you. Another big hurdle was overcome when we added fan-favorite playlists, such as SWAT and Halo: CE, back to our matchmaking menu and we plan to add more soon. Next week, we’ll release a content update that will add all 10 episodes of the cooperative experience “Spartan Ops” for Halo 4, and will address other issues. I assure you that the team will continue to work on additional content updates to further improve the all-up gameplay experience.

This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and
need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world. We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues. As a token of our appreciation and to thank fans for the continued support and understanding, we will be offering the following items, for free, to anyone who has played Halo: The Master Chief Collection online since launch (11.11.14) through today (12.19.14).*

  • 1 Month of Xbox Live Gold
  • Exclusive In-Game Nameplate
  • Exclusive In-Game Avatar

* For specifics on eligibility and further details on the offer, visit the FAQ at: https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/community/blog-posts/halo-the-master-chief-collection-thank-you-faq

Additionally, you’ve told us that you want more Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer map content and Halo 3: ODST on Xbox One. As a future bonus, we’re going to make these happen and give them to you for free. We are just now starting work with our partners to bring both to Halo: The Master Chief Collection and will share more specific details on timing in the coming months. But for now, here’s what you can expect:

  • Halo 3: ODST CampaignDevelopment has just started on the campaign for Halo 3: ODST, which will be available within Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and upgraded to 1080p resolution, running at 60fps. It will be available for free to anyone who has played Halo: The Master Chief Collection since launch (11.11.14) through today (12.19.14).* Thanks to our friends at Bungie for creating the original “Halo 3: ODST” campaign.

  • “Relic” Halo 2: Anniversary Multiplayer Map Available via a free content update to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, we will reimagine the fan-favorite map “Relic,” fully remastered and running at 1080p resolution and 60fps. We chose this map based on its suitability for Slayer and Objective modes and its ability to support teams of varying sizes. And you can trust that Certain Affinity will tune and tweak the map to make it even better than you remember.

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A Closer Look at the Halo 5: Guardians Beta

December 19, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta will be available to anyone who owns a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection from Dec. 29, 2014 through Jan. 18, 2015. Get ready for 4v4 multiplayer arena gameplay or sit back and watch the action in the new Spectator Mode. In case you missed it, we’ve got the full news right here on Xbox Wire. So, once you’re ready, take a look at the video above as I showcase some of the features you can expect to see in the first week of the beta.
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Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta Trailer

December 18, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Ready for some hot Red on Blue action? To prepare fans for the start of the highly-anticipated Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta on Dec. 29, 343 Industries has released a new trailer that provides a sneak peek at the new maps, modes, weapons and Spartan Abilities featured in the intense 4v4 multiplayer arena gameplay of the 3-week beta. Each week we will feature new content including 7 new maps, 2 new weapons, and new modes, plus a new Competitive Skill Rating (CSR) system. Or sit back and enjoy watching multiplayer matches in the all-new Spectator Mode. Available from Dec. 29, 2014 through Jan. 18, 2015 to anyone who owns a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, be among the first to experience the next evolution of Halo combat. …read more

Last Minute Xbox Deals for You and Everyone On Your List

December 18, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

The holidays have arrived, and for all you last-minute shoppers, there are still plenty of great deals on Xbox available through the rest of the month and into early next year. On top of the special, limited-time offer of $50 off* the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle and the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect, we also have some fantastic last-minute Xbox One deals at Microsoft Stores and most major national retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys ‘R Us and Walmart, for all the friends and family on your list. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the store or want to avoid long checkout lines – Xbox has you covered with deals through xbox.com, Xbox Live or microsoftstore.com for all your last-minute gifts.

In addition to the limited-time $50 off Xbox One promotion, several participating retailers in the U.S., including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys ‘R Us, Meijer and Newegg, will offer special online-only deals. Here’s a list of some of the offers that you won’t want to miss:

  • Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Target: $50 off Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle or Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect, plus a free $50 gift card
  • Toys ‘R Us: $50 off Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle or Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect, plus a free Xbox One controller
  • Meijer: $50 off Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle or Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect, plus a free Xbox One game of your choice
  • Newegg: $50 off Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle or Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect, plus a free 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription and a $20 Newegg gift card


Here are some other special holiday deals available at select participating retailers in the U.S. and through Xbox Live to help you check off the rest of your shopping list:

  • Save $20 on Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One until Sunday, Dec. 28 at participating U.S. retailers
  • Save $10 on Kinect Sports Rivals, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Zoo Tycoon or Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One until Sunday, Dec. 28 at participating U.S. retailers
  • For Xbox fans worldwide, save 25 percent on Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Xbox One through Xbox Live from Tuesday, Dec. 23 to Wednesday, Dec. 31
  • For Xbox Live Gold members worldwide, save 25 percent on The Crew and Far Cry 4 holiday bundle through Xbox Live until Monday, Dec. 22


Deals for Xbox 360 and Xbox Video will also be available until Wednesday, Dec. 31 through Xbox Live. Be sure to check out all the holiday offers and additional deals at your local Microsoft Store, participating retailers or on xbox.com. Happy holiday shopping!

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The Sprint Gives You an Inside Look at the Making of Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta

December 18, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Making a brand-new Halo game isn’t a walk in the park – and over at Halo developer 343 Industries, the team’s creativity and passion is now being funneled into the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, which launches later this month for the fans who have picked up Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

We’re excited to give you an unprecedented and exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the development of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, by way of our new six-part digital series, “The Sprint – Making Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta,” debuting later today (7pm ET/4pm PT) on the Halo Channel. “The Sprint” lets viewers step into the lives and meeting rooms of the team that makes Halo 5: Guardians happen. Join 343 Industries and the Halo Channel for this inside look at the creation and evolution of Halo multiplayer.

Check out this brand-new launch trailer for the series, as well as a peek at what you can look forward to in each episode.

Episode 1: Balance (Watch on Xbox) (Watch on Windows 8)

Premiering Thursday, December 18 @ 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, 4:00 p.m. Pacific time

The 343 Industries pro team gives their final feedback on “Truth,” an homage to the Halo 2 map “Midship,” which will be included in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.

Episode 2: Give & Take

Premiering Friday, December 19 @ 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, 4:00 p.m. Pacific time

The art team discovers that some of the ideas they have don’t quite meld with the layout set forth by the level designers. With time running out, what compromises must be made?

Episode 3: Prophets

Premiering Saturday, December 20 @ 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, 4:00 p.m. Pacific time

With the map “Truth” well on its way to completion, the art team must shift their focus to the remix map “Regret,” which presents a massive undertaking in and of itself. Will there be enough time to finish it before the deadline?

Episode 4: Breakout

Premiering Sunday, December 21 @ 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, 4:00 p.m. Pacific time

The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer design team invites Halo pros to the studio to offer feedback that could shape the future of the competitive experience.

Episode 5: Shutdown

Premiering Monday, December 22 @ 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, 4:00 p.m. Pacific time

The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer design team buckles down to make sure every detail of the upcoming Multiplayer Beta is firing on all cylinders.

Episode 6: Gold

Premiering Tuesday, December 23 @ 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, 4:00 p.m. Pacific time

The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer design team begins to wrap up production on the public beta… but not before getting a little friendly competition in to celebrate another milestone.

Make sure to check back every day through December 23 for a new episode of “The Sprint – Making Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta,” available on the Halo Channel, Windows 8.1, or Xbox One. We hope you enjoy these end-of-year Halo festivities, which culminate in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, kicking off on Monday, December 29. Happy hunting, Spartans!

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Play Evolve’s Open Beta, Exclusively on Xbox One

December 18, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Excited for Turtle Rock Studios’ and 2K Games’ upcoming man-versus-monster multiplayer shooter Evolve? Well, here’s a sweet new trailer showing off the game’s all-new ethereal, inky Wraith monster. And we’ve got some big news that you’ll love: The Evolve multiplayer beta is available exclusively on Xbox One this January – and it’s open to anyone with an Xbox Live Gold account!

Starting on January 15, you’ll be able to play
Evolve‘s Hunt game mode, wherein a group of – you guessed it – hunters team up to take down a dangerous monster before time runs out. Four players take on the role of the hunters, and one player straps on the monster’s slimy shoes, with the goal of transforming their adversaries from “hunters” to “hunted.” This open beta version of Hunt includes two playable monsters (Goliath and Kraken), as well as eight hunters, along with 12 playable maps.

On January 17, you can get your hands on the Evacuation mode for the very first time. This mode presents a series of dynamic missions that stretch out over the course of five days, challenging players to vote on – and then fulfill – a set of procedurally generated goals within the given time frame. Evacuation combines an array of maps and modes to create
Evolve‘s most epic multiplayer experience.

Just in case you don’t think this deal is sweet enough already, any hunter or monster characters you unlock during the multiplayer open beta will carry over when
Evolve launches on February 10. So get yourself an Xbox Live Gold account (if you don’t have one already), and prepare for some tense cat-and-mouse action when the Evolve multiplayer open beta launches on January 15, exclusively for Xbox One. …read more

Xbox Entertainment Blitz: Pandora, Vevo, Telemundo and Bravo Among Others Launching This Week

December 18, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

At Xbox, we’re committed to bringing you the best experiences and as we look back on 2014, we joined forces with some of the top brands in entertainment and gaming to bring you new content on a regular basis.

Twitch broadcasting, MLG and ESL Gaming came to Xbox One bringing competitive gaming to a new level. GoPro kicked action sports into high gear with the launch of its new channel on Xbox One. Our partners from MLB.TV, WWE and Team Stream from Bleacher Report brought non-stop action for sports fans. ReddX introduced a first of its kind reddit experience and Plex made Xbox One the first console where the app was available. P90X for Xbox Fitness brought heart-pounding custom routines just in time for the summer. Finally, TV and movie buffs welcomed the additions of Starz Play, MoviePlex Play, Encore Play and the highly anticipated HBO GO app that launched last month and Showtime Anytime last week.

From the beginning, our vision for Xbox One has included offering gamers the ability to play the best games and seamlessly switch to the apps, movies and TV shows they love. As the year comes to a close, we’re excited to continue that vision with the addition of a new group of apps on Xbox One including Pandora, Vevo, Bravo and more. See below for more details on each new app joining the platform this week.

  • Pandora. Great music discovery is effortless and free with Pandora on Xbox One. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, genres or composers and we will do the rest. It’s easy to create personalized stations that play only music you’ll love. Pandora for Xbox One is available to Xbox Live members in in the United States.
  • Vevo. Vevo offers the largest collection of premium official music videos. Start watching your favorite music videos and catch daily video premieres by downloading Vevo for Xbox One today. Discover exciting new music videos, original shows, and live music performances from your favorite artists. Vevo on Xbox One is available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.
  • Bravo Now. Bravo Now is your one-stop destination for full episodes and video from all your favorite Bravo shows. Just sign in with your TV service provider login information and you are ready to watch your favorite Bravo programs whenever you want. Bravo on Xbox One is available in the United States.
  • Telemundo Now. Watch full episodes of the best Telemundo Novelas, Shows and Specials as well as exclusive content like interviews, behind the scenes and more! For the best viewing experience log in with your TV provider’s user name and password. Telemundo Now on Xbox One is available in the United States.
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Minecraft and Telltale collaborate on Minecraft: Story Mode

December 18, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Announced with the BEST. PRESS RELEASE. EVER.

Telltale are on a roll this year, after collaborating with Gearbox Software on the excellent Tales From The Borderlands, twisting fairytales in The Wolf Among Us and creating the political minefield of Game of Thrones. We thought they might have hung up their hats for the year and gone for a well-deserved nap, but no. They’re still at it.

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Minecraft Update 1.6.4 Brings Horses, Witches, and Fireworks to Your World

December 18, 2014 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition both just got a big update. The just-released version 1.6.4 packs in a bunch of new features that will really expand your options, particularly when it comes to things that gallop and explode.

To kick things off (even if you’re not a new player), check out the brand-new Tutorial World which teaches you how to use the new features in the update, in addition to teaching Minecraft newbies how to play. Once you’ve explored a bit, if you’re up for a challenge, see if you can find all the Music Discs hidden in this starter world.

After you’ve done that, get to work using all of the awesome new features in this update. Here are just some of our favorite things to do in the Minecraft 1.6.4 update:

  • Tame and ride horses!
  • Use those horses to run away from the new Wither Skeletons, Witches, and Bats (among other nasty things)!
  • Equip your horse with horse armor!
  • Name your horse something really cool… and while you’re at it, use the new name tag item to give a less-cool name to your new donkey!
  • Build a whole ton of fireworks, and program them to go off when the sun goes down!
  • Set off those fireworks to celebrate the successful crossbreeding of your new horse and donkey, and the birth of your new mule!
  • Name that mule!

What, you didn’t see that last one coming?

In addition to the stuff listed above, there are a slew of other new items, blocks, and mobs, too. There are even new Host Options that will allow you to control what guests in your world can do, as well as even more advanced Redstone circuits for all of the Minecraft engineers out there.

It’s a veritable treasure trove of new content – all completely free for owners of Minecraft for Xbox One or Xbox 360, and coming soon to PlayStation. And if you aren’t on the Minecraft bandwagon yet, there’s never been a better time to jump on! …read more