Brand new content for Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available today. Remnant, a re-imagined version of the Halo 2 multiplayer map  Relic, will be added to the multiplayer of Halo 2: Anniversary as part of a free game content update. And the fan-favorite Halo 3: ODST campaign, enhanced and running in 1080p and 60fps for the first time is also launching today. The Halo 3: ODST campaign will be free to eligible consumers who logged in to their Xbox Live account and played Halo: The Master Chief Collection between Nov. 11, 2014 and Dec. 19, 2014.

Eligible players will receive a download code that can be redeemed for the campaign of Halo 3: ODST through Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

The Halo 3: ODST campaign will be available as downloadable content for Halo: The Master Chief Collection through the Xbox Store for $4.99 (coming soon).

For more details about the Halo 3: ODST Campaign and Remnant Multiplayer Map for Halo 2: Anniversary – check out the Xbox Wire.

For a limited time, Xbox fans in the U.S. can get their hands on an Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle featuring a sleek, Cirrus White Xbox One console and wireless controller. The bundle also comes packed with a digital download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection – the essential Halo fan experience that features the Master Chief’s complete story through four free Halo games: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. Best of all, it’s all available for ERP $349 in the U.S.

The Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle will be available later this month in very limited quantities and for a limited time at participating U.S. retailers while supplies last – so once they’re all gone, they’re all gone!

Purchase Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle from the Microsoft Store.

Check with your local retailers for more details and be sure to grab yours before it’s too late.

The newest mobile top-down shooter from the Halo universe has officially arrived. Today, Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries, in conjunction with Vanguard Games, launched Halo: Spartan Strike on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, iPad, and Steam as a digital download for $5.99 ERP (price and availability may vary by region).

Set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552, you can play through 30 challenging missions while leading UNSC troops through cities and jungles with an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles.

Also available on iPad, iPhone, and Steam is the Halo: Spartan Bundle. The bundle includes both Halo: Spartan Assault – the original Halo top-down shooter that plays through the historic first missions of the Spartan Ops program as Commander Palmer – and Halo: Spartan Strike for $9.99 ERP (price and availability may vary by region).

Check Halo Waypoint for updated Halo information and keep tuning into Xbox Wire for the latest on Halo: Spartan Strike, Xbox and more.

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For those of you looking to pick up an Xbox One this spring, look no further – beginning in March, fans worldwide (U.S. and select markets) will be able to revisit the entire story of the Master Chief with the Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle. The exclusive bundle includes a standard Xbox One console, as well as a digital download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection – the essential Halo fan experience that features the Master Chief’s complete story through four free Halo games: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4 – all for ERP $349 in the U.S.

haloHalo: The Master Chief Collection allows fans to play all 45 campaign missions, plus more than 100 multiplayer and Spartan Ops maps, in 1080p at 60fps. The bundle also comes with access to the new live-action digital series from executive producer Ridley Scott, Halo: Nightfall. This offer gets you four great games in one bundle, and provides tremendous value for fans of Halo and the Master Chief.

The Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle is available in most regions where Xbox One is available so check with your local retailers for more details on availability.

If you follow my gameplay activity then you know I spent a fair amount of time playing the Halo 5 multiplayer beta while it was available, and apparently many of you did too.

A letter written by Josh Holmes to the Halo community details how data and player feedback from the beta will improve Halo 5: Guardians while providing an inside look at some of the statistics collected from the multiplayer beta. Check it out over at Halo Waypoint.

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Twenty million matches played.

Almost 290 years of gameplay logged.

More than 181 million kills confirmed.

While the “Halo 5: Guardians” Multiplayer Beta proved to be a hit among fans, the treasure trove of gameplay data and player feedback it provided is an invaluable resource that 343 Industries is using to make the game’s multiplayer experience even better.

Pre-order Halo 5: Guardians from the Microsoft Store

Halo 5: GuardiansHalo fans, today is the day many of you have been waiting for. Not only does the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta officially launch, details are emerging about the different pre-order editions you can choose from. Pre-order Halo 5: Guardians from the Microsoft Store

Fans who purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection have access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta starting today through Jan. 18, 2015.

Launching in fall 2015 exclusively on Xbox One, Halo 5: Guardians continues the story of the Master Chief, and introduces a brand new central character to the Halo universe – Spartan Locke.  Peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked.  And when humanity’s greatest hero goes missing, Spartan Locke is tasked with hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.

Read the full announcement over at the Xbox Wire.

The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta will be available to anyone who owns a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection from Dec. 29, 2014 through Jan. 18, 2015. Get ready for 4v4 multiplayer arena gameplay or sit back and watch the action in the new Spectator Mode. Read the full announcement over at the Xbox Wire.

Watch the below video as I showcase some of the features you can expect to see in the first week of the beta.

Re-live HaloFest’s Highlights Here

To celebrate today’s launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, fans tuned into HaloFest – a livestream event broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com, Twitch, YouTube and select global press sites. The three day event included the Halo: Master Chief Collection Invitational Tournament where pro players from around the world battled it out for the chance to win $50,000 and the opportunity to be the first to play the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, set to arrive December 29.

On Monday night, HaloFest culminated with Halo fans from around the world joining Xbox and 343 Industries at the Avalon Theater in Los Angeles for an unforgettable night to celebrate the past, present and future of Halo. The event world premiered the first two episodes of Halo: Nightfall and provided a first look at gameplay of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.

You can watch the HaloFest finale in its entirety right here, or head straight for the highlights.

Below, catch the dramatic Grand Finals of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational tournament between Str8 Rippin and Believe the Hype:

After the finals, we staged the first ever Halo 5: Guardians exhibition match, complete with commentary from Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky and Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez:

Thanks to everyone who tuned in last night and across the weekend. See you online soon.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Game Description: For the first time ever, The Master Chief’s entire story is on one console. Featuring a re-mastered Halo 2: Anniversary, along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4, new digital series, Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Beta, this is the definitive Halo experience.

The Complete Master Chief Story – Honoring the iconic hero and his epic journey, The Master Chief’s entire story is brought together as The Master Chief Collection. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 are all included with Xbox One visual fidelity, 60fps, a total of 45 campaign missions plus more than 100 multiplayer (including the original Halo Combat Evolved maps) and Spartan Ops maps. Halo 2: Anniversary – Celebrating the 10 year Anniversary, the iconic fan favorite returns. Featuring a fully re-mastered campaign with “Classic Mode” allowing you to instantly switch between the re-mastered game and the original game from 2004. Uncover new Halo 5: Guardians story elements with extended cut scenes, hidden terminal videos, and utilize all new skulls to experience the campaign in a whole new way. Including all 25 original multiplayer maps just as fans remember them, plus 6 completely re-imagined maps.

Purchase Halo: The Master Chief Collection from the Xbox Games Store

For more information on what’s included in the Halo: The Master Chief Collection package, click over to Xbox Wire.