Halo 5: Guardians News

Halo 5 update finally adds custom game browser

Over a year after launch, Halo 5 is getting a custom game browser.

The Monitor's Bounty update, due out tomorrow, 8th December, adds a join in progress custom game browser to Halo 5 on Xbox One and Windows 10.

The new custom games browser lets you search for in-progress games from the main menu. Games you can join are based on their privacy settings when they are created in the lobby.

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Halo 5: Forge hits PC in September

Anvil's Legacy update adds new weapons and maps.

Halo 5 players on Xbox One have used Forge mode to create some amazing maps. Remember the podrace from Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace? Earlier this year A Forge expert recreated that in Halo 5.

Halo 5 free to download and play for a week alongside Warzone Firefight launch

Halo 5 gets the big Warzone Firefight update next week - and the full game will be free to download and play to coincide with the launch.

Warzone Firefight, which developer 343 Industries says in the biggest Halo 5 expansion yet, comes out on Wednesday, 29th June.

Then, from 29th June to 5th July, the full game of Halo 5 will be available to download and play for free to all Xbox Live Gold members. The game will be 50 per cent off during the same time.

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Halo 5's beefy Ghosts of Meridian update goes live

Halo 5's beefy Ghosts of Meridian update goes live

Warzone Firefight beta begins next week.

Halo 5 gets a big new update today.

The Ghosts of Meridian update adds two new maps to the Xbox One first-person shooter, new weapons and vehicles and new customisation items.

The new maps are Skirmish at Darkstar (for Warzone) and Tyrant (for Arena). The new set of weapons includes Tartarus' Gavel, a Legendary gravity hammer. There are also a raft of multiplayer updates and fixes as well as gameplay adjustments.

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Hot on the heels of the addition of Warzone Firefight and Grifball to Halo 5, developer 343 has revealed fan-favourite mode Infection is in the works.

People have been using Halo 5's Forge mode for a while now. Indeed some player-created maps were recently added to multiplayer matchmaking. Now, someone's used Forge to create the ultimate Halo 5 map: Princess Peach's Castle.

Halo 5 the "biggest Halo launch in history"

Halo 5 the "biggest Halo launch in history"

But we still don't know how many copies it's sold.

Halo 5 is "the biggest Halo launch in history", Microsoft has trumpeted. But there are a few unanswered questions, chief among them: how many copies has it sold?

This afternoon Microsoft said Halo 5 was the fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive game to-date, with more than $400m in global sales of Halo 5 games and hardware a week after launch.

We're used to big publishers broadcasting how much money their games bring in soon after launch. Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops, for example,

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Halo 5's day one multiplayer update is 9GB

Halo 5's day one multiplayer update is 9GB

Clan support, aka Companies, detailed.

Be warned: there's a 9GB day one update for Halo 5.

It adds multiplayer to the game, 343 studio chief Josh Holmes said. Specifically, map content for the Arena multiplayer mode as well as the 12v12 Warzone multiplayer mode.

It's a hefty update, but the update will be available to download before the Xbox One exclusive first-person shooter goes on sale on 27th October.

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Halo 5's campaign lasts 8-12 hours - if played on normal

Multiplayer update out before the game.

Most developers avoid telling us how long their game campaigns last. They prefer to speak of their stories in vague terms when asked about hours, for fear of putting off prospective customers who might have had an expectation that ends up wide of the mark.

Players won't get to vote on which multiplayer maps are played next, or veto ones they don't like, in Halo 5 Guardians. That's the word from 343 Industries studio head Josh Holmes, responding to a fan question on Twitter.

How's Xbox doing?

Well. Well enough?

Microsoft reported its results for the fourth quarter of its 2015 financial year, and while the company made a gargantuan loss, Xbox and the division it sits in made a tidy profit.

New Xbox One Experience this autumn

UI overhaul complete with Cortana voice assistant.

There's a New Xbox One Experience - a UI overhaul - coming this autumn. And Cortana, Microsoft's Halo-themed answer to Apple's Siri, is coming with it.

Our first look at Halo 5 campaign gameplay

Microsoft revealed gameplay footage of the Halo 5 campaign during its E3 2015 press conference.

In the video, below, we see the Spartan team sent to hunt Master Chief, who is one step ahead of Locke, Buck and co.

We see Covenant and Promethean enemies, as well as the new Spartan movement abilities, such as the air boost and ground pound. We also get a gander at the squad commands, a weapon called the Plasma Caster and a tracking visual effect.

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Halo 5: Guardians beta will weigh in at 10.27GB - report

Microsoft's Halo 5: Guardians beta will take up 10.27GB of space on your Xbox One hard drive, according to a leaked listing spotted by Reddit.

The install size was spotted via a game page for the beta that was briefly available on the Xbox One's games store.

It looks like the page was made visible in error - it lists yesterday's date as the beta's release.

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Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta is 720p, 60fps

Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta is 720p, 60fps

First officially-released gameplay footage within.

The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta outputs at 60 frames per second and a 720p resolution, developer 343 has confirmed.

Studio head for Halo 5: Guardians Josh Holmes told Eurogamer the resolution of the Xbox One exclusive first-person shooter is subject to change as development continues over the coming year.

"For the beta, at this point we're totally focused on gameplay," he said.

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Halo: Nightfall to debut on 10th November

Along with a first look at Halo 5: Guardians' multiplayer beta.

Halo: Nightfall, the Ridley Scott-produced live-action series about Bungie's popular sci-fi saga, will debut on Monday 10th November via Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch.

Halo 5: Guardians beta runs three weeks from December 29th

Halo 5: Guardians beta runs three weeks from December 29th

Plus: Halo Channel and Halo 2 Sanctuary map remake announced.

At Microsoft's Gamescom briefing 343 Industries announced that the Halo 5: Guardians beta will run for three weeks this winter, from December 29th 2014 to January 18th 2015.

The beta - which you can get access to by buying November's Halo: The Master Chief Collection - will concentrate on 4v4 arena gameplay across seven maps and will run at 60 frames per second from dedicated servers. There will be three modes, 11 weapons and seven armour sets you can customise your Spartan with. There will be some unlocks in the beta that you'll be able to carry forward into Halo 5 Guardians itself.

There is also the fair start system, so all players start a match with the same loadout.

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Halo to stay Xbox One exclusive - for now

Halo to stay Xbox One exclusive - for now

"We're listening to the PC fans..."

Halo was once on PC. Will it ever be again?

With Halo: The Master Chief Collection, due out later this year, and Halo 5: Guardians, due out in 2015, announced for Xbox One only, it seems PC players are being left out in the cold.

"Right now we are focused on Xbox One," Bonnie Ross, who runs Halo franchise overlord 343 Industries, told Eurogamer.

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343's master plan for Halo 5: Guardians

"We can no longer say we're new to this franchise."

At E3 last week, Microsoft executives and developers wouldn't talk much about Halo 5: Guardians, but we did glean some information about 343's approach to the upcoming Xbox One exclusive first-person shooter.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes Halo 1-4

And a Halo 5 beta key, and Halo Nightfall TV series.

Never played Halo? Microsoft and 343 are stuffing all the mainline Halo games into one box - and remastering them - for Xbox One. Introducing Halo: The Master Chief collection, due out 11th November 2014.

Microsoft announces Halo 5: Guardians for Xbox One

Microsoft announces Halo 5: Guardians for Xbox One

UPDATE: Concept art released. Due "fall of 2015", but our "journey" will begin this year.

UPDATE 16/5/14 2.20pm: The first slice of concept art from Halo 5: Guardians has been released via Halo Waypoint.

Writing in a blog post there, 343 Industries' Frank O'Connor also emphasised the developer's previous statement that the journey towards Halo 5 in 2015 will begin this year, and that another announcement was seemingly on the way.

"Last year at E3, Bonnie [Ross, 343 studio head] famously said, 'Your journey begins in 2014…'. Wait - hang on - you thought: 'What journey is she talking about and why is Chief wearing a poncho?' Okay, some might call it a cloak, but the fact remains - you knew something more nuanced was afoot. So it's quite likely that Bonnie's 2015 release announcement today surprised no one in the Halo community.

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Xbox One launches in Japan 4th September

Xbox One launches in Japan 4th September

Will it suffer the same fate as its predecessors?

Xbox One launches in Japan on 4th September, Microsoft has announced.

According to Famitsu (translated by Gematsu), Xbox One games set to launch in Japan include Forza 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, Halo on Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome.

A raft of Japanese companies are making games for the system, including Arc System Works, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Cave, CyberConnect2, From Software, Konami, Level 5 and Sega.

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Voice of Master Chief says Halo 5 is out 2015

And Halo 2 Anniversary Edition is out this year.

Backing up reports from earlier this year, Steve Downes, the voice of Master Chief, has said Halo 5 won't launch until 2015. For this year, we can expect Halo 2 Anniversary Edition.

Microsoft confirms Xbox One adaptor for Xbox 360 headsets

Microsoft has confirmed that it will release an Xbox 360 headset adaptor for use with Xbox One.

The company previously announced that it had changed the audio input port to a proprietary jack for its upcoming console, a move which leaves current headsets incompatible. The company then said that it was "working to develop" an adaptor.

"We will have an adapter that allows current gaming headsets to work," Microsoft marketing exec Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter (thanks, X360A).

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Xbox One records the last five minutes of your gameplay

Xbox One records the last five minutes of your gameplay

UPDATE: But how long does PlayStation 4 give you?

UPDATE: As reported below, Xbox One will record the last five minutes of your gameplay. But there's been confusion around exactly how long PlayStation 4 will do the same.

SCEE's Neil Brown was heard to say "seven minutes" at a Develop 2013 talk in Brighton last week - much less than the 15 minutes previously reported. Sony has now told Eurogamer that Brown corrected himself when queried by an attendee after the session concluded, and that his script had read "several".

We've hosted the talk in full via the embed below. For the relevant section, skip forward to just after the 33 minutes mark.

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A list of every confirmed Xbox One game

A list of every confirmed Xbox One game

From Assassin's Creed to Zumba Fitness.

Below lies a list of every Xbox One game confirmed to date, split into titles exclusive to Microsoft's new console and multiplatform releases.

Some games on the list we've known of for a while - Crytek's Roman action game Ryse, for example, or Square Enix's Thief. Others were revealed this week during Microsoft's game-stuffed E3 press conference, such as Capcom's Dead Rising 3 or the free-to-play Killer Instinct.

Of the multiplatform games, a few are console exclusives but will also appear on PC - Respawn's Titanfall, for example, which is currently not in development for any Sony platforms, and Project Spark.

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