Sure, Halo 5: Guardians may not be out yet, but that hasn’t stopped 343 Industries from already begin writing for it.
This, of course, is to the surprise of nobody as the Halo series is a cash cow and shows no signs of slowing down. The game’s director Frank O’Connor spoke with GamesRadar and said that they have done some “serious planning and even some writing,” for Halo 6.
It’s hard to put too much attention on this yet, as Halo 5: Guardians is just around the corner and marks what could be a big shift for the franchise. If that one pans out as well as it has the potential to, THEN I’ll be interested in what’s next for Halo.
Xbox will have a brand IP announced at E3, with the company focusing more on 1st-party titles than ever before.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has revealed that a brand new exclusive Xbox IP is in the works and will be revealed at E3.
Spencer has recently discussed the company’s focus on releasing more exclusive first-party content for Xbox One. This information was made public on Twitter where he replied to some users regarding E3.
Someone then asked Spencer about the impact this E3 may have, to which he replied:
Xbox is really keeping momentum going strong, as they already have a solid amount of exclusives coming later in the year with potentially even more being announced at E3. The competition is really going to have to step it up if they want to compete come Christmastime 2015.
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.
If you look closely, you just may spot an uncanny resemblance to a famous Spartan in Destiny.
Many people have been spending countless hours trekking the unknown worlds of Bungie’s Destiny, coming across various goodies and what not along the way. However, a Reddit user with a keen eye came across something pretty interesting.
In the picture above, you may just notice that the building strikes a striking resemblance to a character you have heard of: Master Chief. His face was sneakily hidden on the back of one of the many buildings that can be found in the game, with the interior lights creating a makeshift visor effect.
Condemn O.R. Condone:
This has got to be one of the best Easter Eggs in recent memory. I mean… the damn building is Master Chief! I can’t wait to see what other Easter Eggs Bungie has hidden in this huge game.
Microsoft has been talking up their upcoming E3 announcements a lot recently, saying that they will have a lot of major announcements to make and that is all feels “special”.
Well, we now know that the Xbox Media Briefing will be available to stream on June 9th at 9:30 AM PDT, with the briefing being dubbed as Xbox: Game On. You will be able to stream it on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and on the Windows Phone worldwide. US viewers will also be able to view the event on Spike TV.
The event is said to focus on many of the major franchises that Microsoft currently owns; such as Halo, Gears of War, Sunset Overdrive, Quantum Break and more.
The composer of the Halo series Marty O’Donnell is claiming that he has been fired from Bungie without cause.
O’Donnell posted the following message on twitter:
“I’m saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014.”
Although O’Donnell claims that there was no rhyme or reason to this parting, Bungie claims that it all happened on friendly terms. Bungie said the following in a statement:
“For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.”
Condemn (OR) Condone:
Something is definitely fishy here. If O’Donnell is claiming that he was just let go and Bungie is making it sound like it was all friendly, then it’s obvious there is more this picture. Either there was an argument, artistic differences or Bungie was just plain bored of what O’Donnell was doing, it looks like Bungie just gave him the boot. Doesn’t sound all that friendly, to me.
These are the 10 video games that have me giggling with anticipation for year 2014.
So… most people usually publish these kinds of lists at the very beginning of the year, but hey, I’m not most people (and let me tell you, that’s a good thing for society as a whole). Anyways, the first month of the year was pretty slow, and now there’s finally some potentially awesome games on the horizon for gamers. So, without further ado (or adon’t), here are my most anticipated video games of 2014. Continue reading “My Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2014”