All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Halo 4’

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Nominated For Emmy

Last fall, in the run-up to the November release of Halo 4, Microsoft Studios released a five-part live-action mini-series called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. The series provided some back story for the Halo 4 campaign and was a surprisingly good live-action addition to the Halo lore. The mini-series has now been nominated for an Emmy Award. The nomination isn’t …

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Halo 4 Champions Bundle DLC Announced, Coming August 20

Halo 4 is getting some more DLC next month that adds new maps, new armor and even a new game mode to the mix. Microsoft Studios announced on Saturday that it will be releasing three new DLC packs on August 20. The three packs, while available separately, will be sold together as the Champions Bundle for $10. Here’s what you’ll …

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Halo 4 “Global Championship” Announced, $200K Grand Prize

Mocrosoft today announced a global Halo 4 tournament will take place this summer. The Halo 4 “Global Championship” is sponsored by 343 Industries in cooperation with Virgin Gaming. Microsoft stated that nearly $500,000 worth of prizes is up for grabs, including a $200,000 grand prize. The tournament will consist of five weeks of competition on Xbox Live. Halo fans can …

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Halo 4 Trailer Released For New Map Pack

Though it’s often baffling that the shooter genre has spawned the most successful console franchises, a little observations could reveal why. Game franchises such as Call of Duty and Borderlands are well-supported by their developers and new content is being released for the titles on a nearly bi-monthly basis. Now, this could be a chicken-and-the-egg problem of which came first, …

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Conan O’Brien Reviews Cortana (And Halo 4)

Halo 4 was one of the most critically lauded games of last year. It proved that 343 Industries has what it takes to carry the Halo torch. Of course, it can’t really be deemed a critical success until it gets a pass from the toughest critic of them all. Clueless Gamer, Conan’s insanely delightful game review show, takes on Halo …

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Halo 4 Spartan Ops Resumes in January

Microsoft today revealed the future of Halo 4 for the next couple of months. Of particular note is that Halo 4‘s Spartan Ops mode is going on hiatus until January. The first five interactive episodes of Spartan Ops, comprising the first half of “season 1” have already aired. All five episodes will all be re-entered into Matchmaking, one per week, …

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Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack Coming December 10

343 Industries is certainly determined to support the Halo 4 multiplayer community. In addition to the weekly updates and story videos that accompany the game’s Spartan Ops mode, it appears that map packs for more standard multiplayer modes are coming as scheduled. Today 343 and Microsoft announced that the first Halo 4 map pack, Crimson, will be launching on December …

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Halo 4 Breaks Records, Sees $220 Million in Sales in First 24 Hours

Everyone knew that Halo 4 was going to have a huge launch, and now Microsoft is conforming that with some fresh sales figures. According to the company, Halo 4 topped $220 million in sales worldwide in its first 24 hours on the market. They compare that to some other big opening day launches from the world of cinema: “Halo 4 …

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Halo 4 Spartan Ops Episode 2 Trailer Released

343 Industries today released the trailer for the upcoming second episode for Halo 4 Spartan Ops. For those who don’t know, Spartan Ops is the episodic co-op campaign that sends players on missions that are tied-in to animated episodes of a story that takes place six months after the end of the story in Halo 4. The episodes and the …

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Microsoft is Paying MS Points For Playing Halo 4

Competing with the Call of Duty franchise when it comes to player loyalty is hard. Microsoft’s strategy? Pay people to play Halo 4. Microsoft has unveiled its “Halo 4 Combat Tour Offer,” which pays gamers in Microsoft Points for playing multiplayer Halo 4. Players can start earning points once they once they hit 35 hours of multiplayer action. For that …

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Halo 4 Release May Dampen Voter Turnout Among Gamers [POLL]

Voting: it’s your civic duty. It’s the foundation of any democracy, a way for everyone to make their voice heard. Millions have fought and died to give you the right, and the privilege to cast your ballot. Without strong turnout on election day, the very fabric of our free society could unravel and usher in generations of disenfranchised citizens. Your …

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 5 – The Rescue

The conclusion to Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn gives a glimpse into what it would be like to be one of those UNSC soldiers that occasionally accompany Master Chief on his adventures. I can’t speak for others, but I barely notice when one of those soldiers dies while playing a Halo game. Thankfully for Forward Unto Dawn, the real Master …

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Halo 4 Spartan Ops Season One Trailer Released

There’s only one week to go before Halo 4 hits store shelves, but 343 Industries and Microsoft are still releasing previews for the game’s numerous gameplay modes. Today, the trailer for the first “season” of Spartan Ops has been released. For those who haven’t heard, Halo 3: ODST‘s and Halo: Reach‘s Firefight mode has been renamed to Spartan Ops. The …

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 4 Reveals a Savior

Previous episodes of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn have focused on Thomas Lasky – both his past and the struggles he faces at the academy as a result of his temperament and his family’s UNSC fame. This week’s episode propels Lasky into a leadership position and forces him to disregard his hesitations. For those who haven’t been keeping up with …

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Halo 4 Gameplay Launch Trailer Awakens the Forerunners

Gamers were rightfully worried when Halo 4 was announced. Bungie, the developers who created the franchise, had completed their Halo trilogy and even thrown in a prequel with Halo Reach. The Ark is destroyed. What more is there to say? A lot, it turns out. The Halo universe has grown far beyond the video games, and now has a backstory …

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Halo 4 Launch Trailer Shows Master Chief’s Past

Last week it was announced that the Halo 4 launch trailer would debut during Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on October 18. Today, the trailer has been released onto Halo Waypoint and has spread to all parts of the internet. The trailer, titled Scanned, was produced by David Fincher and directed by Tim Miller, who has worked on the visual …

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 3 Kicks Up the Action

When I spoke with the executive producers of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn this week it was hinted at that the series would be taking an action-packed turn. Today, the third episode was unveiled and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. For those unaware, Forward Unto Dawn is a live-action Halo web series that follows the early story of Thomas Lasky, a …

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Producers Talk Live-Action Halo

Speaking with Lydia Antonini and Josh Feldman, it’s clear they have a passion for digital media. The two are executive producers for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a series that delves into the deep back-story of the Halo universe, while also setting up some of the events and relationships seen in Halo 4. Both are veterans of digital content and …

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 2 Released

Today the second episode of the live-action Halo web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was released on Machinima and Halo Waypoint. For those who haven’t seen the first episode, the series chronicles the training of Hastati Squad, a group of recruits to the UNSC Corbulo Academy of Military Science. The UNSC is as war with insurrectionist colonists on disparate …

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Halo 4 Launch Trailer Debuts October 18, Produced by David Fincher

If there were any doubt that Halo is one of the biggest franchises in gaming history, those doubts can now be laid to rest. Today Microsoft and 343 Industries announced details about Halo 4‘s upcoming launch trailer. That’s right. The companies didn’t release extra pre-launch behind-the-scenes interviews, or another trailer highlighting the games’ weapons. They simply want people to know …

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 1 Premieres

Today the live-action Halo web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn premiered. For the last few weeks, Halo Waypoint and Machinima Prime have been releasing short trailers for the series, giving a preview of what the series will hold. Forward Unto Dawn will air in weekly installments up until the release of Halo 4 on November 6th. The story will …

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New Halo 4 Trailer Shows Off Mech Multiplayer Mayhem

Everyone’s second-favorite Halo multiplayer map is back, along with a surprising new addition. A new trailer released this weekend by Microsoft and 343 Industries shows off Halo 4‘s re-imagining of the classic Halo 3 map Valhalla. The map appears to be very similar to the Halo 3 version, staying very close to the original layout. The real change in gameplay …

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn “Squad” Trailer Released

The last in a series of short previews for the upcoming Halo 4 webseries Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was released today. The series is a prequel to the Halo video games, set in a time before the Human-Covenant war began. The UNSC’s primary concern is “insurrectionists” who are vying for their freedom from UNSC oversight. The series’ story will …

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New Halo 4 Trailer Details the Promethean Weapons

The last of the Halo 4 montages showing off each species’ weaponry has finally hit Halo Waypoint. We’ve already seen the UNSC weapons and the Covenant weapons in previous trailers. This week, players get a glimpse at what the new Promethean race brings to the Halo 4 arsenal. The Promethean weapons are where much of 343 industries’ design philosophy will …

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Halo 4 Producer Talks About How 343 Has Changed Halo

When Bungie completed its Halo trilogy, many gamers assumed that would be the end of the Master Chief Halo games. Sure, Bungie filled out some of the franchise’s backstory with Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach, but the developer was determined to let the Chief rest in peace for a while. So, when Halo 4 was announced, the reaction from …

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn “Lecture” Trailer Released

It’s Friday, and that means the release of another Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn special preview. For those who havent seen the previous previews, Forward Unto Dawn is an upcoming live-action Halo web series set at the beginning of the human-Covenant war. The previews of the series have shown cadets at the UNSC’s Corbulo Academy enlisting and dealing with their …

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New Halo 4 Trailer Shows Redesigned Covenant Weapons

Today, a new Halo 4 trailer highlighting the Covenant weapons featured in Halo 4 was released. Despite their civil war and the destruction visited upon them by Master Chief in previous Halo games, the religious aliens will be back to serve as more cannon fodder for Halo 4. A similar trailer (featuring a similar dubstep score) was released more than …

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New Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn “Joyride” Preview Released

343 Industries, the developer behind Halo 4, today released the newest preview for its upcoming web series, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. The series is a prequel to the Halo videogames, and depicts UNSC recruits as they train at a military academy. The story of the series will lead into that of Halo 4, depicting how a leader on the …

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New Halo 4 Video Documentary Reveals the Prometheans

Between the trailers, live-action webseries previews, and developer documentary shorts, its hard to keep up with all the recent Halo 4 information coming out of Microsoft and 343 Industries. This week, the developers at 343 Industries preview the concepts behind, and the work that went into, creating the newest Halo baddies. Dubbed the Prometheans, they will use their bionic abilities …

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New Halo 4 Trailer Shows Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Many gamers are trepidatious about one of the biggest video game franchises changing developers, but Microsoft is out to convince everyone that Halo is in good hands. Halo 4 is the most anticipated Xbox 360 game of 2012, and many details about the game are already known. A live-action web series called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn will build a …

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