A Countdown Teasing ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ News Is Ticking Towards March 21st

The time is coming for everyone to hunt for the truth.

A countdown timer has been created for Halo 5: Guardians that is teasing some sort of news that is on the way has been posted on Tumblr. It was released by Xbox senior public relations manager Rob Semsey on Twitter, with the timer set to end on March 21st at 6 PM Pacific Time.

The page itself is pretty barren, though it does show a bullet with the word “traitor” engraved on it. At the bottom of the page there is a button that says, “#HUNTtheTRUTH”, which allows you to share the page to Twitter. It looks like there is some deception going on in the world of Halo.

Halo 5: Guardians is set to release in the Fall of this year exclusively for the Xbox One, though few details about it are known at this point. A multiplayer beta for the game was accessible for those who purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection, giving players access to several game types and maps for three weeks. The revamped gameplay worked surprisingly well, so I’m looking forward to seeing what this teaser tells us.

Huge ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ Update Available Now

Time to download yet another massive update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Another major update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now live, 343 Industries has revealed. It is a reportedly huge update to increase matchmaking performance that has been in the works for well over a month.

343 reports that this new update will improve matchmaking search times while also improving the stability of multiplayer matches. There have also been a handful of fixes to annoyances that have been present since the game launched back in November, such as the ability to stay with your party after backing out of a game

While it has been several weeks since I’ve signed onto the Master Chief Collection, the game was definitely at a point that was much improved over the game’s launch. It was still by no means perfect, but the game is slowly but surely getting to the point that it should have been at months ago. The boneheads just shouldn’t have released it in that state in the first place, though.

The Early Access For The ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ Beta Begins Today

A lucky few gamers will be able to try out the beta for Halo 5: Guardians a week before anyone else does.

On December 29th 343 Industries will be allowing those who purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection to participate in a multiplayer beta for next year’s Halo 5: Guardians. However, a lucky few players will have the opportunity to test out a closed beta for the game right now through the Xbox One Preview Program.

This limited beta will only last until December 21st, and will not contain all of the content for the full beta that comes the following week. A new trailer for the beta was also released, so be sure to check that out below. 

The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta will run until January 18th, giving gamers lots of time to try out everything that the beta has to offer. The actual game is set to release sometime in the third or fourth quarter of 2015.

‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ Matchmaking Content Update Delayed?!

Looks like we will be waiting even longer for this “fix”.

So, if you have been trying to get an online match in the recently released Halo: The Master Chief Collection, you have probably come to the realization that it is currently a steaming pile of poop. It takes forever to find a match, the playlists are few and the game regularly freezes before or after an eventual match is found. In other words, it is complete and utter hell.

343 Industries, the developers behind this collection of Halo games, have claimed to be doing everything they can to get this sinking ship from submerging completely. They recently revealed that they will be releasing a content update that will aim to sort out a lot of the issues that gamers have been dealing with for an entire week now. Well, sorry to pour salt in your wounds (and mine), but that update has now been delayed.

The devs have revealed that they need more time for testing and adding additional fixes, now claiming that the update will come “later this week“. Yup, so now we don’t even have an official date for this update that will supposedly fix this mess. I guess this means we all get to look forward to even more buggy Halo goodness until the very specific “later this week”. Can’t wait!

‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ Is Yet Another Broken Launch Week For Gamers

Another broken launch week for gamers. *sigh*

I was absolutely thrilled when Halo: The Master Chief Collection was announced at this year’s E3. Although I was mostly hoping just to get an anniversary edition of the classic Halo 2 so I could relive that game’s groundbreaking multiplayer, they did one better and announced I’d be getting all 4 Master Chief games remastered for the price of one. This was a great move as it not only gave the hardcore fans a single package where they could access a huge chunk of the Halo universe in one place, but it also gives a chance for newcomers to catch up on the story before Halo 5: Guardians launches sometime next year. This is a win all around!

Well, in theory. Ever since the game launched this Tuesday the matchmaking has been an absolute mess. Sure, the core game’s themselves play fine, but what many people are going to be spending the majority of their time in is the multiplayer. Not only has 343 made questionable moves with the multiplayer playlists, but the actual matchmaking itself is a disaster. I’ve spent hours trying to get Halo 2 Classic games going, yet I’ve had to deal with ridiculous waiting times to begin just one match. To make matters worse, some of those matches froze before they even began, making it even more infuriating. I even had a few instances where it froze after the match concluded, resulting in me having to restart the Xbox One numerous times.

343 has been claiming that they are doing everything they can on twitter to fix these problems, even going so far as to eliminate several playlists just to ensure that the few still remaining work well. Well, one of those playlists is Halo 2 Classic, and to be honest it is even worse than before. The waiting times for matches is still ludicrous, but the last session I had contained some outrageous lag on top of it. Not only have the seriously crippled the multiplayer features, but things have actually managed to get worse in the process. I mean REALLY?

Releasing a game in this state is unacceptable, because when you purchase a game on launch you expect (and DESERVE) it to be 100% functional. You’ve payed the full price for the product, so you should be getting the full product with all of its features being operational. I know that there are some things that can’t be worked out until the servers have the weight of the millions of gamers on them, but when you’re at a point where they’re struggling to play for several days then something is terribly wrong. It’s all bringing back the memories of the crappy launch of Destiny a couple months ago(which is interesting considering Destiny‘s Bungie used to run this very series), where constant problems lead to an entire week of not being able to enjoy that $60 game.

This broken launch week for a highly anticipated AAA title is a trend that needs to be snuffed out, because our time and money is being needlessly wasted. There are people that are planning their days around playing these games after going to work, school, etc., yet because of a massive derp by the devs they have to suffer through this nonsense. If you’re in a situation where problems can be this big, then you need to do more in the weeks leading up to the launch to ensure all problems are minimal. Do alphas, betas, or even soft launches to get an idea of the areas that need improving, rather than just allowing the consumers to sit out in the cold for days while you get your sh*t together. Have some respect for the millions of people supporting you.

HaloFest 2014 Revealed

Oh yes, there is a HaloFest.

Very big times are ahead for the Halo franchise, as it will be seeing the release or reveal of a few highly anticipated things over the course of the next couple of months. Next month fans will be able to pick up Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which packages together remastered versions of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4, as well as a live action show called Halo: Nightfall and access to the beta to Halo 5: Guardians coming in December.

Thought all of that was enough? Well, think again! It has now been revealed that there will be what is called HaloFest 2014, which is an online event that will have Microsoft and 343 Industries broadcast info regarding all things Halo. They are expected to reveal the debut episode of Halo: Nightfall, as well as premiering footage of the multiplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians. Sprinkled throughout all of this will be interviews with members of the crew discussing the series, from where it has been, where it is now and where it is headed.

As of this article there is no news on when exactly this event will take place, but I would guess that it will be around the time that Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases. That game is set to be released exclusively for the Xbox One on November 11th, 2014.

343 Industries Intends To Stop Numbering Halo Games In The Future

No more numbers for you, Halo franchise!

When 343 Industries took over the Halo series from Bungie they intended to take Master Chief and the franchise in bold new directions. While Halo 4 is the beginning of a new Saga for the series, 343 apparently didn’t want to call it Halo 4.

Studio head Bonnie Ross said the following to OXM (provided by Gamer Headlines):

“At some point, we do want to stop numbering. Especially on Xbox One. If I had my druthers, we wouldn’t have called Halo 4 that – we really look at that game as the start of where [Master Chief]‘s going. At some point we need to drop the number and still [let you] know you’ve got a big story coming.”

Personally, I don’t think having or not having a number makes much of a difference in the grand scheme of things. They probably just don’t want it to get to the point where the number is so high that newcomers feel like they have a ton of catching up to do. Considering Halo 5: Guardians is the first Halo game to have a subtitle since the first one, it could very well end up being the last one with a number in its title.