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‘Halo: Nightfall’ first look

- July 24th, 2014

Gaming and sci-fi fans at San Diego Comic-Con received a surprising treat opening day.

On Thursday, 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions unveiled the first trailer for Ridley Scott’s digital series Halo: Nightfall.

Based on the first person shooter title from 343 Industries, Nightfall follows legendary marksman Jameson Locke (Mike Colter) and takes place between Halo 4 and the unreleased Halo 5: Guardian.

According to Xbox, Locke and his team are on a mission when they are ambushed by a terrorist organization on the planet of Sedra.

Captured, Locke and his team must fight their way back to freedom, but after being drawn to a “sacred artifact,” must endeavor through a hell they weren’t aware existed.

Although not much else is known about Locke’s character, Xbox have confirmed he will have a major role in the upcoming Halo title, which is due to release sometime in 2015.

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From the looks of the trailer, fans of the Halo franchise may be getting a live action series that incorporates all of the mythology and alien life presence they could have hoped for.

At the same time, it does feel like an expensive marketing ploy to amp up anticipation for the fifth title. We’ll see if it’s any good relatively soon, though, as the series is scheduled to premiere on Xbox One platforms sometime in November.

I mean, it’s got Ridley Scott, so there’s some hope for it yet.

Halo 5: Guardians coming to Xbox One next year

- May 16th, 2014

The next chapter in Master Chief’s saga now has a name and a release date.

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Halo 5: Guardians will land exclusively on Microsoft’s Xbox One console in the fall of 2015, continuing the story of the cybernetically enhanced super solider we last saw in 2012’s Halo 4.

Mourning the loss of his A.I. companion Cortana, who sacrificed herself to save humanity at the end of Halo 4, Master Chief will be struggling with some weighty moral issues in Halo 5.

“He’s questioning everything,” said Bonnie Ross, general manager of Halo development studio 343 Industries, at the Halo 5 announcement this week in Santa Monica, Calif. “He’s questioning his past, his purpose, what he’s fighting for and why he’s fighting.”

Frank O’Connor, Halo’s franchise development director, said Halo 5 will actually affect the way other games are developed for Microsoft’s Xbox One console.

“It’s a big deal to us because of the transition to the Xbox One platform,” says O’Connor. “All of the Halo games, more or less, have added something to the Xbox One ecosystem.”

343 Industries isn’t saying much more about Halo 5’s storyline right now, but in a blog entry posted to the Xbox Wire website this morning, Ross wrote that Halo 5: Guardians “is a bigger effort than Halo 4. That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine.

“Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.”

While Halo 5 won’t arrive until late next year, Microsoft says there will be some big Halo news unveiled at next month’s E3 Expo in Los Angeles, related to something that will be coming in 2014. Maybe that Halo dating sim will finally be a reality.

What’s inside the giant Xbox One?

- October 30th, 2013
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The world’s biggest Xbox One. This is NOT going to fit in my living room.

Might as well get the obvious gag out of the way first: “Hey look, it’s an exact 1:1 replica of an Xbox One!” There. Feel better?

A giant Xbox One has landed in Vancouver, kicking off the Canada-exclusive One Source program, which will see the 40-foot by nine-foot (12-metre by three-metre) behemoth pop up in other yet-to-be-revealed Canadian cities between now and the Xbox One’s Nov. 22 launch.

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Prices for Xbox One accessories announced

- July 29th, 2013
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Xbox One is shown on display during a press event unveiling Microsoft’s new Xbox in Redmond, Washington May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Nick Adams

UPDATE: As Dan, the commenter below points out: Canadian pricing has been released for the Xbox One accessories and they are identical to the U.S. prices.  You can find the products here.

Microsoft has announced the pricing for extra Xbox One controllers and other accessories on its U.S. store website.

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