The Halo 4 Global Championship takes place live from PAX at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and on Xbox LIVE this Sunday at 4PM PDT. This is an incredibly exciting event for the team, as we showcase eSports and Halo 4 with a very ambitious production both for the fans onsite and through our Xbox LIVE interactive broadcast.

In addition to the tournament itself, we’ll also have exclusive Xbox One content debuting during the show as well as music performances that celebrate the spirit of PAX in a special way. Personally, there’s one performer I can’t wait to see the audience embrace. It’s going to be fun.

The Xbox LIVE audience will also have a chance to choose the content of the show, voting live on the console for which new Xbox One trailers they want to see first.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention that the audience on Xbox LIVE as well as those at the venue will have a chance to win an Xbox One at launch! Follow @HaloWaypoint on Twitter for details. They’ll announce the tweetstakes ahead of the show.

If you’d like to attend the event in person, you’ve got a couple options. First, PAX attendees get first crack at seats with the doors opening at 3:00PM. If there are any seats available after the PAX attendees are seated, the public will be allowed entry free of charge!

PAX is the ultimate celebration of gaming, and we hope we’ll do the great spirit of PAX community justice with the Halo 4 Global Championship show. I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

     

Halo 4 Champions Bundle Game add-on

Halo 4Content: Halo 4 Champions Bundle
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
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Description: Step up your game with the Halo 4 Champions Bundle, an incredible collection of maps, armors, skins, and the all-new game type Ricochet and armor mod Resistor, gathered together to complete your Halo 4 experience. The Halo 4 Champions Bundle includes the Bullseye Pack, the Steel Skin Pack, and the Infinity Armor Pack, as well as brand-new ways to personalize your Spartan, with five armor skins, five weapons skins, and eight Spartan stances for your lobby player card.

 

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Today 343 Industries announced the “Halo 4” Global Championship.” They have teamed up with Virgin Gaming for this global tournament. Below are the details from the official press release. Hit this FAQ for more information as well.

“Halo 4” Global Championship Announced

343 Industries and Virgin Gaming reunite to launch the biggest ‘Halo 4’ tournament ever
with $500,000 in prizes

343 Industries, Xbox 360 and Virgin Gaming are teaming up again to launch the “Halo 4” Global Championship, a summer-long tournament that will give gamers around the world a chance to battle* for glory and win $500,000 in prizes, including a grand prize of $200,000.

Spanning multiple live events and five weeks of online competition on Xbox Live, the tournament is the biggest “Halo 4” competition yet, and will kick off at the Rooster Teeth Expo on July 5 and on Xbox Live on July 15. Competitors will test their skill and fortitude against one another in intense free-for-all matches over a series of qualifying rounds (based on average scores and elimination matches) for a chance to rise through the global leaderboards and win coveted prizes.

The tournament will culminate with a two-day Finals competition in Seattle, WA from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, where players will battle to become the ultimate Spartan, with the top players receiving cash prizes.

Beginning today, players can register for the “Halo 4” Global Championship by visiting www.halo4globalchampionship.com and will be able to participate in two ways:

· Online Competition on Xbox Live. By registering through Virgin Gaming at http://www.halo4globalchampionship.com and selecting the custom tournament playlist in “Halo 4,” players will be able to join the competition for free on Xbox Live. Each week there will be a different free-for-all mode for players to enjoy.

To qualify for a chance to compete in the Finals, players will need to complete a minimum of 20 matches in the tournament playlist per week. At the end of each week the players with the top four average scores will be deemed winners and be eligible to compete in the Finals. Additionally, each week qualifying players will have a chance to randomly win** special prizes.

· Live Events. Players will also be able to join the tournament by participating in live competitions at the Rooster Teeth Expo in Austin, TX from July 5 to 7 and Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from Aug. 21 to 25. Six finalists from each of the live events and 20 from the online qualifiers will receive an expenses paid trip to participate in the Finals in Seattle, Washington.

For additional information, including the registration process, rules, prizing and a full list of qualifying countries, please visit: www.halo4globalchampionship.com and select the registration link.

Available this July for $6.99 ERP only on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, “Halo: Spartan Assault” is the first top-down action shooter that brings a “Halo” video game to touch-based devices. Developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games, “Halo: Spartan Assault” provides an accessible, pick-up-and-play experience for fans and newcomers alike.

More details on Halo Waypoint

Halo 4 Castle Map Pack

Halo 4

Content: Halo 4 Castle Map Pack
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
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Dash Text: If you own Halo 4’s “War Game Map Pass,” DO NOT purchase this content here as you will be charged again. Daybreak is set in a military facility against the backdrop of an idyllic mountain range, while Outcast plunges you into the warrens, canyons and arches of an alien edifice, and Perdition takes players into the heart of an urban sprawl, with tactical speed and situational awareness its key features.

 

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You’ll need a copy of Halo 4 to use this add-on

On Friday, April 12, there will be a “Halo 4” DLC sale for anyone who has not yet purchased the “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass or the first two individual Map Packs. A listing of the sale prices is as follows:

“Halo 4” War Games Map Pass: 1600 Microsoft Points (Originally 2000 Microsoft Points)

Crimson Map Pack: 600 Microsoft Points (Originally 800 Microsoft Points)

Majestic Map Pack: 600 Microsoft Points (Originally 800 Microsoft Points)

 

Halo 4 Castle Map Pack Live Stream today


343 Industries will be showing off the unreleased Halo 4 Castle Map Pack in a live stream event TODAY, Sunday, April 7th at 8p ET/5p PT. The stream will feature designers and other 343 team members playing and providing tips and commentary on the brand new maps.

PLUS, they’ll be giving away 10 Castle Map Pack codes during the stream – tune in for your chance to win the Castle Map Pack before it’s officially released! Watch live video from 343industries on www.twitch.tv

Halo 4 “Forge Island”

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Content: Halo 4 Forge Island
Price: Free
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Dash Text: Referred to as the ‘Great Anvils’ by UNSC personnel deployed to the southwestern peninsula of Requiem’s smallest continent, these massive sentinels tower high above the shield world’s warm tropical ocean. The geologic data acquired from these islands has offered incredible fodder for Infinity Science’s Forge group, providing diverse and modifiable terrain for the War Games combat simulations.
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You’ll need a copy of Halo 4 to use this Map Pack

343 has just released the following details on the next Halo 4  map pack.

Update: Screenshots are up on my Flickr now

Halo 4” Castle Map Pack Reignites Team Objective Battles with New Maps and a Fresh Playlist on April 8

The third War Games Map Pack focuses on team objective and vehicular combat by introducing three new maps and the addition of a new 6 vs. 6 playlist 

343 Industries today announced the third major expansion in the Halo Infinity Multiplayer experience, the Castle Map Pack, launching Monday, April 8. Developed by Certain Affinity, in collaboration with 343 Industries, the Castle Map Pack brings players three medium-to-large, stunning maps that emphasize vehicular warfare and large battles over open spaces, where team strategy is key to successfully conquering the battlefield.

Daybreak places you amidst military facilities, against the backdrop of an idyllic mountain range, while Outcast plunges you into the natural tunnels and arches of a secluded rebel outpost. Perdition takes players into the heart of an urban battleground, where tactical speed and situational awareness are essential to achieving victory.  The Castle Map pack provides 9 new Achievements worth a total of 250 Gamerscore.

To offer a glimpse of the new maps, 343 Industries released a trailer for the Castle Map Pack today, available now on Halo Waypoint. Full descriptions of the new maps and modes are below:

New Battlegrounds: Castle Map Pack

Daybreak: Two UNSC bases oppose each other in this large asymmetrical map. Teams must split focus between attacking the enemy base while playing close defense to their own. Claim your team’s sniper rifle to cover the central Man Cannon, or grab a Warthog to push through the side channels and flank the enemy base. The Rocket Launcher and Banshee both spawn in positions diagonal to the starting bases; claiming their firepower early is crucial to land the first flag cap or take an early lead in kills.

Outcast: Controlling vehicle paths is critical in this circular map set in a desert environment. Outcast features frequent Mantis vs. Wraith battles, so teams must keep their drivers informed with constant communication to get the drop on enemy vehicles. While driving the Mantis, you can target fusion coils in tunnels to flush out camping opponents directly into your rain of fire, or cover your flag runner’s dash to a friendly Warthog. If you find yourself without a vehicle, race to the secondary bases to secure a power weapon or drop on enemies for a game-changing hijack.

 Perdition: Blending long sightlines, vehicles, and close-quarters combat, Perdition caters to nearly any gameplay style. Wheelmen and gunners will be right at home in this urban environment as a well-placed Warthog can lock down a quarter of the map, securing valuable ordnances for the team. Learning the interior routes is essential to both escaping danger and finishing off ranged kills. Be sure to look for the Gravity Hammer in Power Station 3 – an ideal revenge weapon against a pesky sniper or a big surprise for an enemy Warthog.

The Castle Map Pack will be available on Xbox LIVE for 800 Microsoft Points. Players who purchase the “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass* or “Halo 4” Limited Edition will receive access to all three Map Packs (Crimson, Majestic, and Castle) at a 15 percent savings versus purchasing them individually.1

New Playlist: “Castle DLC”

The Castle Map Pack brings a new playlist to the War Games experience called “Castle DLC,” a six-versus-six playlist that focuses on both team play and coordinated objective gameplay.

The new maps will also be integrated into existing Infinity Slayer, Big Team Objective, and Dominion playlists. DLC maps will appear in a playlist if all members of the match have the content purchased or the War Games Map Pass.