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Bugs and connection issues expected
While Microsoft and developer 343i continue to recover from the disastrous Halo: The Master Chief Collection launch, both companies are looking ahead at what comes next – Halo 5: Guardians. Today the company has officially launched the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta to everyone who purchased Halo: Master Chief Collection with two included maps – Truth, and Empire – and the Slayer playlist.
Haverzine was granted a sneak peak of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta alongside other Xbox Preview Program members, and all in all we liked what we saw. Gameplay was fast and fluid, graphics were impressive and a notable step up from 2012’s Halo 4, and the game still felt more or less like Halo.
That said, we did notice some odd glitches and problems in our time with the Multiplayer Beta early access period. We noted some severe connection issues throughout the weekend, with parties failing to connect to the Halo servers, games ending early, and slow matchmaking performance in general. The beta is also running at a sub 1080p resolution, disappointing considering the Xbox One’s graphical capabilities and expectations.
Are you enjoying the Halo 5 beta? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! I’ll see you on the battlefield.
It's all about the games, games, games
At E3 2013, Microsoft was all about the hardware – the Xbox One had just been announced a few weeks earlier, and we were getting our first look at some hardware peripherals and the power that came along with the new hardware. The story shifted considerably this year: with the rumored 7-inch Xbox branded Surface tablet shot down, today’s conference was all about three things – games, games, and games. Oh, that’s one thing? My bad. There was a lot of games.
Today’s Xbox presentation at the E3 game conference was packed with demos, trailers, and confirmations of some of the world’s biggest franchises. We were given a first look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which basically now looks like some sort of futuristic mix of Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall and the Call of Duty: Black Ops series of games; we got a look at Inside, an unofficial follow up to game developer Playdead’s hit game Limbo, and even an in-depth look at Assassin’s Creed: Unity, the next-gen exclusive fifth entry in the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise, and a look at Forza Horizons 2, the next entry in Microsoft’s long running racing franchise.
But, the big reveal? Our best look yet at Halo 5, shown alongside the announcement that Microsoft would be bringing the entirety of the Halo universe’s main four games to the Xbox One in the aptly named Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With Halo: CE Anniversary, a new beefed up version of Halo 2, dubbed Halo 2: Anniversary, as well as the original versions of Halo 3 and Halo 4 remastered for the Xbox One – alongside the entirety of the series’ online and offline multiplayer content, The Master Chief Collection is basically a Halo fanboy’s dream come true.
But then, if it’s a dream come true, why was it so unsurprising? That’s because today’s E3 presentation basically confirmed that a massive set of Xbox rumors leaked by anonymous neogaf user and supposed Microsoft insider ntkrnl were pretty much 100% accurate. So essentially, if you had read and believed those rumors, you knew exactly what Microsoft and the gang were up to – all the way down to Forza Horizons 2‘s “dynamic weather system”. Hey, at least you got the first word.
Because it’s so darn awesome, we’ve embedded Microsoft’s Halo 5 and The Master Chief Collection trailer after the break below. If you’re as big of a Halo nerd as I am, you’ll want to watch this – and feel free to speculate about the Arbiter’s role in the trailer below!
That's the word
It should be no surprised that Microsoft has been working on not one, but two new Halo projects. While the previously announced Halo: Xbox One (what many are simply referring to as Halo 5) was formally announced for a 2014 release at E3 2013 last year, the internet is ablaze tonight with reports that Microsoft has delayed the release of their Halo 5 project until 2015.
The good news is, however, that Microsoft will be making it up to gamers – and in a big way. According to the report, Microsoft will indeed be releasing the oft-rumored Halo 2: Anniversary Edition this November on the Xbox One. While this has yet to be officially confirmed by Microsoft, the news has been confirmed by numerous industry insiders and we believe it to be accurate.
Microsoft will more than likely reveal more about the fate of both Halo 5 and the potential (inevitable?) Halo 2: Anniversary Edition at E3 2014 this summer. Stay tuned.
This is actually awesome
So you’ve got yourself an Xbox 360 with Xbox Live, but you have yourself a massive problem – you’ve never actually played Halo. I know, I know, you’re ashamed – but it’s ok. There’s a process we can go through. You can enter recovery just like that, and it’s with just a little bit of help from everyone’s best friend down in Redmond, Microsoft. For you see, for a limited time only, Microsoft is actually giving away the critically acclaimed blockbuster hit, Halo 3, totally free for all Xbox Live Gold members. How’s that for a good deal?
Halo 3, while slightly aged at this point, is still one of the best FPS games of the last decade. Plus, if you’re tyrying to get in a little bit of knowledge before picking up the newer, shinier, sexier Halo 4, then what better way to do that then to play its predecessor? And have we mentioned that it’s free!?