Broadcaster Showtime has revealed a few new details on its upcoming, and long-anticipated, Halo TV series.
Nearly five years on, Microsoft has finally gotten its Halo TV series greenlit and into production.
Halo 5 will support true 4k resolution on Xbox One X, developer 343 Industries has announced.
Amid the seemingly relentless shutdown of fan projects by big publishers, here's one game that's not just thriving but has the blessing of its IP-owning overlord.
In 2013 a Mega Bloks Halo game was in development for Xbox 360 but would never see the light of day.
The prototype, codenamed Haggar, was found and shared by PtoPOnline. Video footage shows a colourful, cute and humorous interpretation of Halo inspired by the Mega Bloks line of Halo toys.
Mega Bloks is an alternative to Lego, in case you didn't know, and the Mega Bloks Halo game looks and works a lot like a Lego Halo game would. Third-person, breezy action, with lots of collection, customisation and places to build things. Split-screen was part of the mix, and there were puzzles, side-on platforming and even a Besieged mode where you could fortify a fortress and defend against waves of enemies.
Christopher Schlerf, former lead writer of Halo 4, has joined Destiny developer Bungie.
One of the first things Microsoft announced about its upcoming Halo: Nightfall mini-series was that it would somehow include the involvement of director Ridley Scott.
Microsoft will release Halo: The Master Chief collection for Xbox One later this year, according to a new report.
UPDATE 17/03 4.30PM GMT: The Epoch: Return Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled. It failed to gather enough fundraising momentum, making only $26,158 of its $150,000 goal.
Halo developer 343 Industries had undergone a shake-up at the top - and released a piece of concept art that may offer our first glimpse at Halo for Xbox One.
Microsoft is developing its own virtual assistant for Windows Phone, PC and Xbox which will rival Apple's iOS butler Siri, new reports suggest.
Halo 4 lead designer Scott Warner has joined Dead Space developer Visceral Games.
Sci-fi author and former writer and story consultant for Microsoft Game Studios, Eric Nylund, has joined up with Amazon Game Studios as its new director of narrative design.
The creators of a free fan-made Halo game for PC reckon they're safe from a shut down by Microsoft's lawyers.
Microsoft has released Halo: Spartan Assault, the top-down shooter spin-off.
Two new maps, a new game type and a suitcase full of fresh armour are headed to Halo 4 via Microsoft's upcoming Champions Bundle pack.
343 Industries has announced the Halo 4 Global Championship - and slapped $500,000 down as prize money.
It's a summer-long tournament with a grand prize of $200,000, and begins at the Rooster Teeth Expo in Austin, Texas, on 5th July and, on Xbox Live on 15th July.
Qualifying rounds will be held before a two-day Finals competition in Seattle from 31st August to 1st September.
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has personally toured a series of Hollywood executives to present Xbox One and call on studios to create new and exclusive TV content for the platform.
Microsoft has registered domains for something called Halo: Spartan Assault.
A mysterious Halo-related project entitled Bootcamp has surfaced on the Korean Rating Board.
Legendary director Steven Spielberg will act as executive producer of a "premium TV series" based on the Halo franchise.
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is still keen on making a movie based on Halo - but only if given control over it.
UPDATE #2: Microsoft has contacted users who voted in the Xbox Entertainment Awards to inform them of the "technical error" which resulted in personal data being exposed.
Microsoft has poured cold water on reports that suggested Halo 3 will be released on PC.
Halo 4's third multiplayer expansion, the Castle Map Pack, is slated for release on 8th April for 800 MS Points, Microsoft has announced. Access to the add-on is included with the Halo 4 War Games Map Pass.
Update: In addition to the daily deals there are a collection of week-long deals. They've been dug up by the handsome people of NeoGAF.
The Halo 4 Majestic Map pack releases on 25th February, Microsoft has announced.
The map pack was developed in collaboration with external developer Certain Affinity, which has a long history of working on Halo content for Microsoft.
Majestic includes three new small-to-medium sized maps designed for close-quarters gameplay, specifically small-team and free-for-all modes. The maps are Landfall, Monolith and Skyline.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 were more popular on Xbox Live in 2012 than Halo 4.
Microsoft will switch off Halo 2 PC multiplayer next month.
Microsoft has made it very clear: it sees the future of Xbox not with discs sold in shops over the counter by a sales assistant but with what it calls "connected entertainment services" powered by the cloud.
There were "a tonne" of elements 343 Industries wished had been improved while making Halo 4, Frank O'Connor has said - and he's pledged to "do better next time".
Remember Microsoft's patented idea of projecting the bits of a gaming you don't see on your TV - the periphery - onto the walls and furniture of your living room?
Update: The Halo Waypoint Twitter feed updated, informing season pass owners that they should "Reboot your console, load Halo 4, press Start, and select Xbox LIVE Marketplace to see if it's available for you."
Halo 4's episodic Spartan Ops co-op campaign will continue in January, as was revealed in a new trailer at the VGAs.
The Wii U sold 425,000 units during its US launch week, Nintendo has revealed. That's just 5000 less than the Wii recorded six years ago.
November US figures revealed that Nintendo shifted 420,000 units of its ageing Wii over the whole month (down 51 per cent on last year).
But it was Microsoft who claimed the sales crown. The Xbox 360 sold 1.26 million units, a 25 per cent dip from 2011's sales but more than the Wii and Wii U combined (although, to be fair, the Wii U was only out for one week).
The first map pack for Halo 4, Crimson, launches on 10th December for 800 Microsoft Points, Microsoft has announced.
Some Halo 4 players have been unable to connect to the game's servers for the last three days.
Update: Microsoft has confirmed the months to be accurate, if not the exact days. Here is its official response:
"Halo 4 War Games Map Packs will become available in December, February and April. The exact release dates are pending the production schedule for each map pack, but we look forward to sharing more details in due time."
Original Story: Last month Microsoft revealed that Halo 4 would feature a War Games Pass that would grant access to three DLC packs, each containing three new multiplayer maps. It did not however say when these would be released.
Microsoft Studios is now multiformat, according to Phil Harrison, the vice president of Interactive Entertainment at the company.
In the UK Halo 4 failed to beat Halo: Reach or Halo 3 in terms of launch week sales, but what about on a global basis?
UK video game shop chain GAME has claimed it's in good shape despite the collapse of Comet, also owned by OpCapita.
Xbox 360-exclusive Halo 4 is the new UK all-format chart number one, albeit with lower launch week sales than Halo 3 and Halo: Reach.
It did beat the launch week figures of last week's sales winner Assassin's Creed 3 - making it the UK's 18th biggest game launch ever.
It's worth remembering that Halo 4 launched last Tuesday, and thus benefited from an extra three days on sale.
In the run up to the release of Halo 4, Microsoft's blockbuster Xbox 360 exclusive that launched this week, the question every Halo fan wanted to know was this: how good a job had 343 Industries, the studio set up by Microsoft to take on the beloved franchise after Bungie waved it goodbye with the release of Halo: Reach in 2010, done?
Microsoft has announced its Halo 4 Combat Tour promotion that rewards players real money just for playing Halo 4. It sounds exciting until you realise that you need to play the game for 140 hours in the remainder of November - that's over six hours a day - to receive 600 MS Points i.e. £5.10.
Microsoft has announced the Xbox 360 will launch in Israel seven years after it released in the US.
The console launches in Israel on 21st November, Microsoft announced at its Discovery conference in Tel Aviv yesterday. It comes complete with the Hebrew language, support for local currency, Xbox Live and Kinect.
The announcement was accompanied by a bizarre on-stage appearance by Halo 4 star Master Chief, videoed by attendees and slapped on YouTube.
292 GAME stores up and down the land open at midnight tonight to sell Halo 4.
The flagship launch is at GAME Stratford (GAME Oxford Street is no more).
For midnight launches GAME stores open their doors around 11.45pm, but some may open earlier to help with trade-ins. Tills will be open from midnight, though. Stores will generally close around an hour later, but this all depends on customer demand.
More than 46 million Halo games have been sold worldwide, Microsoft has revealed.
Outside of private matches, Xbox Live multiplayer can be a hostile and abusive place. And when your brand is as intrinsic to Xbox Live multiplayer as Halo, there's a strong chance it will be Halo negatively associated with it.
Halo 4 developer 343 Industries and Microsoft just announced the Halo 4 War Games Pass, a season pass that saves players 15 per cent on future DLC.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has again blown its trumpet at music from some of the biggest games ever.
Microsoft has released the Halo 4 launch trailer, from Fight Club director David Fincher.
Scanned, as the three minute TV spot is called, is a moody blend of live action and CGI that touches on Master Chief's tough upbringing as an enhanced super soldier in training, and ends with a dash of action.
Fincher, who directed 2010's The Social Network, produced the clip. Special effects maestro Tim Miller directed. Throughout the pair threaten to show Master Chief's face, but as Halo franchise boss Frank O'Connor told Eurogamer last month, developer 343 Industries isn't ready to do that.
UPDATE: Microsoft has issued Eurogamer the following statement on the Halo 4 Xbox Live bans.
Microsoft is battling Halo 4 spoiler videos after the game was leaked nearly a month before release.
UPDATE: Microsoft-owned Halo developer 343 Industries has responded to the company's newly-published content creation rules, stating that user rights remain largely unchanged from past policy.
The Ohio State University Marching Band delivered a stunning 10-minute tribute to video games during a half-time performance at the American football match between Ohio and Nebraska at the weekend.
343 Industries, the developer charged with continuing the Halo franchise now Bungie has left it behind, isn't ready to show the world Master Chief's face.
In case one doesn't care about their country's future, they just might care about exclusive Xbox avatars. At least that's what going on in the US where Microsoft is offering a Halo 4 warrior avatar to anyone who watches at least three out of four presidential debates on Xbox Live's Election 2012 channel.
Microsoft has released a new Halo 4 video showcasing a new multiplayer map and a new vehicle.
Halo chief Frank O'Connor has explained the quick-time events some Halo fans have expressed concern about in Halo 4.
At the end of Halo 3 the Covenant, Halo's long-running alien bad guys, were thought disbanded and destroyed, with the Elites not exactly on the side of the human race, but not exactly against them.
343 Industries is set to keep faith with the existing Halo engine for future Halo games.
Halo 4 developer 343 Industries has unleashed a dazzling array of images from the game's campaign mode. Visually at least, it looks like the game won't disappoint.
Master Chief and Cortana are present in the new gallery, as is their ship, the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn. A number of Forerunners and other returning enemies such as Jackals.
The Chief appears to be armed with a new beam rifle, infused with Forerunner technology.
Right. Can't remember if we've mentioned this, but we're doing a show at Earls Court in London next week. It's called the Eurogamer Expo. (Bit pretentious?) Anyway, we hope some of you will come. To help make it more interesting, we've asked Microsoft to bring everything they have in development for Xbox 360 for you to play. They said yes.
So, if you come along you'll be able to sample Halo 4 Infinity Multiplayer, Forza Horizon, Fable: The Journey for Kinect, Gears of War: Judgment's OverRun multiplayer mode, and Dance Central 3, plus various Xbox Live games.
We're also told that "the Mountain Dew crew" will be distributing drinks to people throughout the show. Presumably they'll be distributing Mountain Dew, unless that label is just a massive coincidence.
If you want all of Halo 4's UK pre-order extras, you'll need to buy the game from eight separate shops.
Microsoft has invited "celebrity fans" to play Halo 4 at a swanky event, in Manchester.
Spoilers for Halo 4 and tie-in book The Thursday War lie below.
Halo 4 will have community-created mod Grifball as one of its main multiplayer modes, 343 announced at a panel at PAX Prime moments ago.
The Halo 4 Spartan Ops series of episodic content is longer than Halo 3: ODST, 343 Industries has revealed.
Update: A little later than originally planned, check out Outside Xbox's Show of the Week to see Jane, Andy and Mike reveal the news, among other things.
Halo 4 developer 343 Industries has outed the game's list of Achievements, which offer up a meagre few clues as to the shooter's contents.
Behold, a beautifully produced look behind the scenes at 343 Industries, maker of Halo 4, and all it took to make the new game.
Halo 4's multiplayer Specilisations have been detailed by Microsoft and developer 343 Studios.
Microsoft has put out a new Halo 4 trailer showcasing the UNSC weapons.
Weapons old and new are shown off in brief gameplay clips, but you get a decent sense of what they're all about.
Returning weapons include the Assault Rifle, the Magnum, the Battle Rifle, the DMR, the Rocket Launcher, the Shotgun, the Sniper Rifle and the Spartan Laser, and these all work as expected.
Hate turns to lust as the most faithful pictures of the translucent-cased Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 appear.
The Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 has now been officially unveiled, and isn't as ugly as Shane Macgowan.
Update: Microsoft's responded to Eurogamer, but isn't ready to talk about Halo 4 console yet. "Following the trailer reveal of Forward Unto Dawn at San Diego Comic Con this week, we will have more Halo 4 news to share over the coming days," an MS PR rep told us.
Microsoft will include support for its new Surface tablet within Xbox 360 shooter Halo 4.
The mapmaking Forge mode of Halo 4 will be developed by Creative Affinity - the studio that collaborated on the recent remake of Halo 1, as well as made extra maps for Halo: Reach.
A new Halo 4 trailer has popped up on Halo Waypoint, offering a few fresh seconds of multiplayer footage.
On show are the game's Regicide and Infinity Slayer modes, which were recently demoed to MLG players.
Multiplayer maps Haven, Adrift and Longbow are also showcased, which offer a mix of gameplay in both close-up and wide environments.
Halo 4's eye-catching multiplayer requires at least an 8GB USB flash drive or an Xbox 360 hard drive, Microsoft has confirmed.
New Halo 4 information has been revealed by a retailer quiz.
Microsoft will open a shop in London, according to a new report.
It is, undoubtedly, the biggest tech story of the week: Microsoft's announcement of its iPad killer: Surface.
Microsoft has rejected Motorola's offer to settle over the patent row that threatens to halt the sale of the Xbox 360 in the US.
24 hours on and both media and fans have had plenty of time to chew over Microsoft's 2012 E3 press conference, and it's fair to say that not all of the commentary has been entirely positive.
With that in mind, Eurogamer sat down with Chris Lewis, vice president of interactive entertainment for Xbox Europe, to find out how Microsoft itself views its performance and the ensuing public reaction.
"I think [the response has been] largely very positive," he said.
Microsoft kicked off its E3 conference with a first look proper at Halo 4's campaign, revealing the Forerunners as a new enemy as well as the introduction of new weaponry into the game.
A real-time demo was prefaced by an impressive and very expensive looking live action video that laid the foundations for the first game in 343's Reclaimer trilogy, seeing the ship UNSC Infinity being sent out to explore new worlds.
Things soon go awry, with the ship being sent plummeting to the surface of a new and lush looking alien planet, and Master Chief's there to pick up the pieces.
There have been 67 million Xbox 360s sold around the world, and 19 million Kinects, Microsoft has revealed.
PlayStation 3 has sold 63.9 million units worldwide.
Microsoft's chief Xbox marketing officer Yusuf Mehdi revealed the numbers in a company blog post.
UPDATE: The BBC has responded to its broadcast of a Halo logo during Thursday's News at One, admitting its mistake and apologising to viewers.
As video game leaks go, it's one of the strangest we've ever seen.
The below video, posted to YouTube by one Skid Kid, shows plenty of Halo 4 multiplayer gameplay. The only problem is, Skid Kid filmed off of what looks like a 20-year-old standard definition telly, playing a VHS, in a barn. Really.
Also, the music isn't safe for work, or your ears. We advise you turn your speakers down, or, preferably, off.
Fresh detail on how Halo 4 multiplayer works has made it's way out of Microsoft HQ.
As revealed by the publisher earlier today, the UNSC Infinity will serve as the game's multiplayer hub. You'll customise your character and manage your progress through the game's various different modes from the giant ship.
Among the modes on offer is the recently announced Spartan Ops co-op campaign. That will focus on various Infinity crew members and a new team of Spartans called Majestic Squad. New missions will be delivered on a weekly basis, along with regular cinematics offering some background narrative.
It has explosions, it has alien technology, it has Master Chief in his snazzy new suit.
A live action Halo web series will launch this autumn ahead of the release of Halo 4 on Xbox 360.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn will play exclusively on Machinima and Microsoft's Halo Waypoint in the run up to the 6th November launch of the 343 Industries-developed sci-fi shooter.
It's the largest investment Microsoft has made into live action to date, according to Variety. Larger, even, than the Neill Blomkamp shorts that almost spawned the Halo movie seven years ago.
UPDATE: Microsoft has confirmed that Halo 4 launches worldwide on 6th November.
"We are beginning a new saga with Halo 4 and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of Halo games and experiences," commented Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer.
"Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and, with Halo 4 leading the charge, we're confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history."
Long-time Massive Attack producer Neil Davidge is composing the score for Halo 4, developer 343 Industries has announced.
343 Industries has changed the way Halo's much-loved multiplayer works for Halo 4, and implemented a new mode called Spartan Ops.
Spartan Ops, according to the latest issue of Game Informer (via NeoGaf), replaces Firefight, which is no more. It works similarly to Call of Duty's Spec Ops mode, but with an episodic storyline played out over several months' worth of TV show season-style DLC. It will compare in scope and size to the single-player campaign, which is, like in previous Halo games, playable co-operatively with up to four players.
Spartan Points are used to buy armour, armour abilities and Spartan Ops missions. One new armour ability is Forerunner Vision, which allows you to see through walls and thus discourage camping. Returning armour abilities include the hologram, the jetpack, and active camo. Sprint is a default ability all players have access to at all times.
Assassin's Creed 3 and Halo 4 are the most keenly anticipated games of 2012 according to a new Nielsen poll.
Halo 4 runs at a native 720p resolution, developer 343 Industries has confirmed.
Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor took to forum NeoGAF to answer questions about the upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive.
The Halo series has, since Halo 3 on Xbox 360, come in for a certain amount of stick for outputting in below-HD resolutions.
The first in-game Halo 4 screenshots have leaked online ahead of a Microsoft-planned announcement later today.
Halo 4's newly unveiled multiplayer perks - which, for the first time in a Halo game will have an impact on the gameplay - aren't a result of 343 Industries chasing Call of Duty and Battlefield, the studio has said.
Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian is convinced Halo 4 is in good hands.
Halo series badass Master Chief is getting a new set of togs for this year's Halo 4.
Microsoft has moved to seize the Halo 4 beta website it warned fans was a fake.
Microsoft has filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum against Halo4beta.net, which 343 Industries' David Ellis said on his Twitter page was a fake.
The website is now offline, but, as Fusible points out, that won't stop the NAF transferring the name over to Microsoft.
Xbox 360-exclusive games need to have "quality and impact", Microsoft Studios exec Phil Spencer has insisted.
Creating Xbox 360-only games and IP is about more than the "number of releases in a year", Spencer continued, explaining Microsoft's strategy on securing exclusives for the platform.
"Creating core IP, as many first-and third-parties have seen over the years, isn't an easy thing," Spencer told GameInformer (via GamesIndustry.biz). "I went through the process of creating Gears with Epic and I know the sweat, time, and effort that went into it."
UPDATE: Microsoft has denied a Halo movie is in development.
Turn 10 has explained why you can look at but not drive the Warthog from Halo 4 in upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive racing game Forza 4.
Halo 4 creative director Ryan Payton has left developer 343 Industries, stating work on the game had become a "crazy endeavour".
343 Industries has revealed the first details on Halo 4, due out in 2012 on the Xbox 360.
The Warthog vehicle design to be used in Halo 4 is buried deep within upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive racing game Forza 4.
Bungie has urged Halo fans to give Microsoft "creative flexibility" with the franchise as it formally hands over the reins to new custodian 343 Industries.
The fate of the Xbox 360 runs parallel to that of the Halo franchise, so says Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer.
The Xbox Live Enforcement team is "moving into a realm where we're applying more automation to the process" of policing gamers.
Microsoft's 343 Industries has been working on Halo 4 for two years.
Microsoft has admitted losing its way with Halo following the release of Halo 3 in September 2007.
Bungie has bid an emotional farewell to the Halo universe it created ten years ago.
Halo's Covenant-beating hero will appear "changed" in 343 Industries' upcoming Halo 4.
There used to be breathing space between Halo games (Halo 1 2001, Halo 2 2004, Halo 3 2007), but in recent years Microsoft has been flinging the IP at us: Halo Wars 2009, Halo 3: ODST 2009 and Halo: Reach 2010.
It's official: a new instalment in the Halo series is on the way.
The announcement was made at the climax of Microsoft's E3 2011 press conference. Bossman Don Mattrick took to the stage right at the end to round up what had been seen so far and to introduce a teaser trailer.
It showed a red cloud floating in space and a bit of fiery smoke. Then Master Chief was revealed, blasting his way around a space station in zero gravity. There was just time to see him drifting towards some kind of giant circle of light before it was all over.