Sweet! All Halo 5 Pre-Order Bonuses Are Unlockable In-game

The pre-order market is dirty, and I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that. With every new release we need to hear about 3 different versions of the game that will come with different content that you’ll only get through pre-ordering it. It’s a sucky way to do things, but there are plenty of suckers are out there that buy into it so it keeps happening.

However, 343 Industries is bucking the trend with the release of Halo 5: Guardians. All of the game’s pre-order bonuses will be available to unlock through normal gameplay, so nobody misses out on any of the content. Pre-ordering the game will only mean that you’ll have access to some additional content right out of the box.

This is great news to hear, as it still gives people a reason to pre-order without punishing those who don’t. For those who will be playing the game for the long haul they’ll unlock it naturally, which is something that most core gamers would prefer to do anyway. Nice move, 343.

Halo 5 Will Have 24-Player Multiplayer Mode ‘Warzone’

Microsoft kicked off their E3 press conference with brand new information regarding Halo 5. While there were several things that were shared, the biggest one (literally!) is that the game will feature a 24-player multiplayer mode.

This mode, called Warzone, is pure mayhem. There’s a bunch of Spartans, vehicles, and lots and lots of explosions. Check out the trailer for Warzone below.

Halo 5: Guardians will launch exclusively on Xbox One on October 27th, 2015.

Halo Devs Release Update On Halo 3 Release Date Leak

It’s not coming this week, but it should be here very soon, regardless.

The leaked Halo 3: ODST release date has been proven as false, 343 Industries has confirmed.

The devs posted the following on twitter:

So, while it won’t be coming this week, seeing as the game is in final testing it looks like it will be coming very soon, regardless.

Is Halo 3: ODST Coming To The Master Chief Collection This Week?

343 Industries gift to fans for a crappy launch may be coming very soon.

343 Industries have been remastering Halo 3: ODST to add to Halo: The Master Chief Collection as a way to say sorry to the fans for such a rocky launch. While they claimed it would be coming sometime this Spring, an official release date was never announced. However, a listing on Xbox.com that has since been taken down may have let the cat out of the bag.

According to this listing, Halo 3: ODST Remastered will launch on May 29th, 2015. This game will be free to those who bought the game around launch, with the cut off date for getting it for free being December 19th. There has been no official word from 343 yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see how things pan out with this one.

Unfortunately, the popular Firefight mode from the original game will not be making it to this remastered version, though a reason for that was not provided.

Outside of getting an entire game for free, gamers will also be able to download the Relic map, which is a remake of a map from Halo 2.

New Master Chief Collection Update Finally Adds Team Objective

The Master Chief Collection finally has some highly-requested content.

343 Industries has released a new update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection that will bring some highly-requested playlists to the game.

First up is Team Objective, which will bring objective-based matches utilizing maps from all of the collection’s games. I can’t tell you how important it is to have this playlist in the mix, as just about everyone votes for slayer and that means there often isn’t enough game type variety.

Team SWAT has also been made a permanent playlist, so for those of you who like your Halo without shields (AKA Call of Duty) then you’re now all set.

The devs have also added some new maps to different playlists, including Burial Mounds to Halo 2, Longest to Team Slayer, Exile CTF to Halo 4 and more.

Halo Franchise Director Calls Master Chief Collection “A Black Eye For Us”

The Master Chief Collection was a mess at launch, but things will be better for Halo 5.

When Halo: The Master Chief Collection released last year it was nothing short of a complete mess, with the game’s online component being completely broken.

Frank O’Connor, the franchise’s director, has opened up about that horrible launch and promises that Halo 5: Guardians will be a far better experience on day one. He said the following to Xbox Achievements:

“Halo: The Master Chief Collection is definitely a black eye for us. We’re not going to rest on our laurels or hide from the mistakes we made. However, I will say that the nature of The Master Chief Collection – you’ve got five different game engines, you’ve got five different studios working on it, you’ve got 343 working on putting it all together – the footprint and complexity was outrageous.”

He goes on to explain why Halo 5 will not suffer the same fate:

“Halo 5 is being made by a completely different team. It’s a singular product. It was built from the ground up for this new technology, rather than being sort of dragged kicking and screaming from 2001 and forced and shoehorned into a 2014 console. So the problem spaces are still very challenging but they’re radically different. I think the beta is already a decent first step, in a retail environment, showing that we don’t have the same problems.”

Halo 5: Guardians is developed by 343 Industries exclusively for the Xbox One. It is set to launch on October 27th, 2015.

April Update For Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming Soon, Adding Team Objective

The Master Chief Collection is set to receive some nice updates for those who are still on board.

343 Industries’ Halo: The Master Chief Collection got off to a rocky start, but things are really looking better now as stability has improved and more modes have been added to the mix. The latest update added Team Doubles to Halo 2 Classic, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4.

However, another big update is coming this month that 343 assures is almost ready and they are putting on the “finishing touches and running final test passes.” This update is set to penalize those who quit excessively and kill their own teammates while also improving the ranking system.

Also, in the coming weeks the game is set to receive a (MUCH NEEDED) Team Objective playlist. This is something that the game has sorely needed from the get-go, because 9 times out of 10 people will vote for slayer over objective-type games. Even when it came to a tie, the mode on the left gets the decision and slayer is ALWAYS on the left. God, it will be nice to have objective back.