Tonight at midnight, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be released to the world, bringing four classic games together in a shiny, expansive package. Included in the collection is access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, which begins next month. Tonight, the world will get its first good look at what to expect from that experience.

Beginning tonight at 8 pm Pacific (11pm Eastern) the HaloFest finale will be broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com, on our official Twitch channel, and in select Microsoft Stores . Not only is this the first place you’ll get to see the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta ahead of its December 29th launch, it’s the world premiere of the Halo: Nightfall digital series, and we’ll bring you exclusive interviews with the minds behind Halo at 343 Industries and talent of “Halo: Nightfall. This is the ninth Halo title I’ve helped launch (Halo 2, 3, 4, Halo Wars, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary) and I am very much looking forward to welcoming the series to Xbox One with the spectacular Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Here’s an embed of the livestream, it’ll kick live a few minutes before 8:

See you tonight…

Your Halo journey begins next week, and Microsoft stores are planning a celebration. Most of the nation’s 106 locations will begin Halo: The Master Chief Collection launch festivities on Monday, November 10  at 10 p.m. local time.

Attendees will be able try out the game with fellow Master Chief fans while they wait, and enjoy free food and prize raffles. Be one of the first 150 to pick up your copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection to score an exclusive Halo t-shirt and Microsoft canteen. You can also catch everything from the HaloFest Premiere Event, which will be streamed to your local Microsoft Store so you won’t miss the reveal of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta or the debut of Halo: Nightfall.

What’s more, the Bellevue Square Mall Microsoft Store in Bellevue, WA, will host a special premiere event, which will have Master Chief available for photo opportunities. The Halo: The Master Chief Collection will come to life through a museum-like experience with Halo props from the archives and replica pieces on display throughout the store. There will be lots of great raffle prizes and giveaways too! We’re also hosting an event in the Austin Microsoft Store which will include special appearances from members of the 405th , in full Spartan Armor, 343 developers, and Halo level design master Max Hoberman.

Nine other Microsoft stores locations will also host Halo: The Master Chief Collection events featuring a Live DJ along with free and early game play, great prizes and much more! Bridgewater Commons (Bridgewater, NJ), Burlington Mall (Burlington, MA) Fashion Show (Las Vegas, NV), Oak Park Mall (Overland Park, KS), Pioneer Place (Portland, OR), Plaza Las Americas (San Juan, PR), Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale, AZ), University Village (Seattle, WA), and Westfield San Francisco Centre (San Francisco, CA).

Microsoft stores will keep the celebration going, all 106 Microsoft Stores will host daily Halo happy hours from 4-6 p.m. beginning Tuesday, November 11 through Friday, November 14 featuring free gameplay and swag giveaways.

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Later in the week, I will personally be opening the Microsoft Store at Destiny USA in Syracuse, New York on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Then at 7pm that evening, I’ll be hosting a special fan meetup, where we’ll be raffling off a special Halo collectables package, as well as an Xbox One and other prizes.

This Facebook event page has all the details of the launch events, including exclusive grand opening day deals and giveaways.

If you pre-order Halo: The Master Chief Collection before Nov. 10, you will receive special offers including:

  • A $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com.
  • Microsoft Exclusive Boom Skull that unlocks 2x Explosion physics
  • “My Other Car is a Warthog” throwback license plate frame
  • Master Chief window decal
  • If you are an Xbox Live Rewards member, you get an additional $5, which is $15 or 15,000 points total, toward the Xbox Store.
  • If you haven’t upgraded to an Xbox One console yet, there is also a limited-time promotion for $50 off any Xbox One. That is in addition to Microsoft Stores’ competitive trade-in offers of up to $100 toward an Xbox One.

Full FAQs here: http://msft.it/DESFAQ

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Earlier this week, we shared a first look at the completely rebuilt cinematics for Halo 2: Anniversary as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Today, you’ve got the opportunity to see how 343 Industries set about giving Halo 2 the full Anniversary treatment as Remaking the Legend – Halo 2: Anniversary is ready for viewing.

Here’s how you can see it.

  • Step 1: Get an Xbox One or an Xbox 360.
  • Step 2:  Go to the Xbox Video app and search for Remaking the Legend.
  • Step 3:  Download and enjoy…for FREE!

Don’t have your Xbox handy? You can watch via Xbox Video’s web player here. Or hop on to www.twitch.tv/xbox during the following times:

  • Friday, October 31 – 11am Pacific
  • Saturday, November 1 – 6pm Pacific
  • Sunday, November 2 – 6pm Pacific

After November 3rd, the documentary will live at www.halowaypoint.com or www.youtube.com/halowaypoint for repeat, on-demand viewing.
Here’s a preview while you wait. Happy viewing!

Back in 2004, we marveled at the stunning cinematics which delivered the biggest story moments of Halo 2. Ten years later, get ready to be blown away all over again. For Halo: The Master Chief Collection, visual effects specialist Blur Studio has rebuilt Halo 2’s cinematics, and they really do need to be seen to be believed. Here’s a preview:

For your first look at the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta and the world premiere of the first episode of Halo: Nightfall, you’ll want to join us for the HaloFest Live broadcast. Join the festivities on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch, beginning at 8 p.m. PT on Monday, November 10th.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives on November 11th, and is now available for digital pre-order and pre-download here.

This November, Microsoft and 343 Industries invite fans to launch Halo: The Master Chief Collection with a live broadcast of HaloFest. The HaloFest Livestream will include special sneak peeks, interviews and exclusive gameplay – including the first look at the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta and the world premiere of the first episode of Halo: Nightfall.

Join the festivities via a live broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch, beginning at 8 p.m. PT on Monday, November 10th. Have a look at the the new Halo: Nightfall trailer right here:

The next chapter in your Halo journey begins soon, and you can get ready by pre-ordering and pre-downloading Halo: The Master Chief Collection here. We’ll see you on the stream, beginning with the tournament on November 8th and 9th, followed by the HaloFest broadcast at 8 p.m. PT on November 10th.

More details on Xbox Wire

Today, at RTX in Austin, 343 and Certain Affinity are presenting an exclusive look at the development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The developers will be discussing the design and vision of the project, with original Halo 2 development stories from lead Halo 2 multiplayer designer/Certain Affinity president Max Hoberman.

If you can’t join us at the Austin Convention Center today, we invite you to watch live from wherever you are on Twitch:

Watch live video from RTXlive2 on www.twitch.tv

It all starts at Noon Central Time (click here to see start time where you live)

There’s plenty more over on Halo Waypoint. Enjoy!

 

 

The Halo Journey

Minutes ago on Xbox Wire, 343 Industries General Manager Bonnie Ross revealed Halo 5: Guardians- and more. Find her entire post below:

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Any time you transition to a new platform, there is the opportunity to look at things with a new perspective. For us at 343 Industries, the launch of the Xbox One was an opportunity to think about what stories we wanted to tell, how to tell them, and how best to push the Halo franchise to showcase the platform. And, most importantly, combining our passion for Halo with the vocal and informative input from our fans.

Halo isn’t simply a perennial game franchise, it’s a part of the Xbox platform itself. In terms of innovation and ideation, it’s sometimes important to people who might not even play Halo. And of course it’s a passion and an essential experience for two generations of gamers.  So we asked ourselves, how do we begin and where do we go with Halo on Xbox One?

In the past, Halo games have pushed the Xbox forward, showcasing the console and its ecosystem in entertaining and innovative ways. Making a Halo game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial.  It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very seriously to ensure we deliver the Halo game that fans deserve, and a game that is built from the ground up for Xbox One.

I’m happy to reveal that Halo 5: Guardians, the next installment in the legendary saga of the Master Chief, will launch on Xbox One in fall of 2015.  In the tradition of every Halo game since its debut in 2001, it is a massive and exciting project.

Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4.  That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine.  Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.

It’s a game that will hopefully demonstrate the talent, learnings and abilities of the 343 Industries team. A game that will incorporate the things we learned from Halo 4 about technology, aesthetics, performance and scale – and perhaps more importantly, understanding and embracing a community of gamers who love what lies at the heart of this game, and the limitless potential of the Halo universe.

And 2015 won’t simply be the year of Halo 5: Guardians, it will also be a year that offers us a unique opportunity. The opportunity to invite old friends and new audiences into that universe through the Halo television series, launched as a unique collaboration with Steven Spielberg and some of the finest creative minds in the business.  A series that will stand alone, as well as complement and enrich the game experience.  We’ll have more to share on the Halo television series as we near its projected fall 2015 release.

Your Journey Begins in 2014

Many fans noted that I was very deliberate with my phrasing on stage at E3 last year. I spoke about a “journey,” rather than a destination – and that journey definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step. We’ll give you much more information about our plans for this year at the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing on June 9, and we’re confident that Halo fans will be pretty excited the special plans we have in store.

So until E3, I’d like to express my gratitude to our massive and varied Halo community, whose energy, enthusiasm, criticism and kindness are the driving force behind what we do and what we hope to achieve in Halo 5: Guardians.