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March 15th 2011, 1:01 pm PT

Halo Reach Game Add On

Halo: Reach

Content: Halo: Reach – Defiant Map Pack
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Check availability for your region
Dash Text: (Note: A hard drive with at least 1 gigabyte of available storage is recommended and required for some online features. For compatibility with Halo: Reach, the Defiant Map Pack cannot be installed to an external memory device if a hard drive is present.) The fight for humanity’s survival rages on in three brand-new battlefields: a giant orbital station high above the burning surface of the planet, inside the forest of a military wilderness-training facility, and wrapped in the remnants of a civilian mining facility. These awesome new environments comprise 2 multiplayer maps and a Firefight mission that deliver 3 new achievements and 150 gamerscore. Developed by 343 Industries and Certain Affinity.

 

Purchase the map pack and add it to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

You’ll need a full copy Halo Reach to use this content

March 15th 2011 at 1:01 pm | Game Add-on, Halo | 13 comments

March 5th 2011, 10:17 pm PT

Halo Reach Defiant Map Pack Preview Event

 

Halo: Reach

Waiting to get your hands on the Halo Reach Defiant Map Pack? If you are in the Seattle area I’ve got some good news for you. On Wednesday, March 9th I’ll be hosting a special preview event with 343 Industries at the Microsoft Store in Bellevue. During the event, the Halo experts at 343 Industries

be on hand to discuss what went into designing the new maps and they’ll do a full walk through of each of the two new multiplayer maps and the new Firefight Map.

 

 

 

What Halo Reach Defiant Map Pack Preview Event  
When Wednesday, March 9th from 7pm – 8pm  
Where The Microsoft Store at Bellevue Square  
Why Meet some of the members of 343 Industries as they give you an in-depth, personalized tour of the Halo Reach Defiant Map Pack, which releases on March 15th.

PLUS: We’ll also have some Halo merchandise to give away

 

 

See you Wednesday.

 

 

March 5th 2011 at 10:17 pm | Events, Halo | 17 comments

February 14th 2011, 2:00 pm PT

Announcing the Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack

 

Three new multiplayer maps are coming next month for Halo: Reach.

Here are the details (plus screenshots) that I’ve scraped from the press release:

 

Condemned: Condemned takes place aboard Orbital Station Gamma, a massive space station high in orbit above the planet Reach. Prior to the Covenant’s overwhelming invasion, Orbital Station Gamma provided long range communications for UNSC fleets and a vital lifeline between Reach and Earth. During the Battle of Reach, the station suffered terrible punishment at the hands of the Covenant but a few fortified sections remain intact, fully pressurized, and ready for combat. Condemned supports 6 – 12 players in a variety of action-packed game types, including Team Slayer, Team Objective and Free for All.


 

Highlands: Highlands takes place on the top-secret Military Wilderness Training Preserve on Reach. The Preserve is a large, wooded area where Spartan super-soldiers trained long before the war with the Covenant began. During the Battle of Reach, the Preserve was the site of key battles between the alien invaders and a group of Spartans who used their familiarity with these UNSC training grounds to significant tactical advantage…but not everyone who enters these woods makes it out alive. Highlands expands the fight with massive-scale engagements for 8 – 16 players in Big Team Battle, Team Slayer and Team Objective.


Unearthed

Unearthed takes the battle for Reach to a large Titanium mine and refinery located in the Viery civilian sector of the planet. This particular mine was built to take advantage of the exposed titanium inside a massive meteor crater. The titanium produced here is used in much of the UNSC hardware, from the chassis of the Warthog to the meters-thick armor plating of capital ships like the UNSC Pillar of Autumn. While this facility was quickly abandoned when the Covenant arrived on Reach, it still has significant tactical (and economic) value and it won’t be long before both humans and Covenant return to battle for control. Unearthed allows up to 4 players to launch a counterassault against the Covenant in Firefight and Firefight modes such as Generator Defense.

 

Created in partnership with Certain Affinity, the Defiant Map Pack will be available this March on Xbox LIVE for 800 Microsoft points, and will include all new Achievements worth a total of 150 Gamerscore. Keep an eye on Halo Waypoint for a brand new trailer. Or watch it out on Waypoint’s YouTube page.

 

I’ve posted the official screenshots on Flicker.

 

February 14th 2011 at 2:00 pm | Halo | 35 comments

November 30th 2010, 1:37 pm PT

Halo: Reach – Noble Map Pack

 

Content: Halo: Reach – Noble Map Pack
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: The fight for humanity rages on a galactic scale. From a frozen xeno-archaeology site harboring secrets millennia old to an orbital anchor defending the stars high above planet Reach – and to mysterious places far, far beyond – Bungie’s Noble Map Pack injects three new explosive environments into the multiplayer battlefield, each designed to reinforce all of Halo: Reach’s vital warfronts, from small scale engagements to massive Invasion battlegrounds.

 

Purchase the Noble Map Pack and add it to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

The fine folks at Bungie have posted HD videos of each map if you want to look before you buy 

 

You’ll need a copy of Halo: Reach to enjoy this map pack

 

November 30th 2010 at 1:37 pm | Game Add-on, Halo, Marketplace | 23 comments

September 7th 2010, 6:29 pm PT

The countdown is on for Halo: Reach

 

We are a week away from the launch of Halo: Reach and we have some activities planned. If you are in the New York area, join me Monday at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square for what promises to be a pretty big deal.
In Seattle? We’ve got you covered there as well. We also have thousands of events across the country at various retailers. Hit this press release for more details.

 

Update: I’ll make another post when I have more details (time etc.) about the NYC event

 

Update 2: Here are a few details to get you started with your planning.

 

September 7th 2010 at 6:29 pm | Events, Halo | 29 comments

August 16th 2010, 4:32 pm PT

Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo Reach console sounds

 

Last week, I shared the audio that the new Xbox 360 console makes. When the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo Reach console is available next month, it will have custom Halo inspired sounds when you press the power button or the disc eject tray. Even though not that many of you will be pressing the eject button after Sept. 14th, I wanted to give you a preview of what you can expect when you get your new console.

 

I’ve created two versions of each. One is the MP3 version that should work for most of your needs and the other is an iPhone friendly ring tone* version.

 

Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo Reach  – power  (.MP3)  (.M4R[iPhone ringtone format]

 

Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo Reach  – tray     (.MP3)  (.M4R[iPhone ringtone format]

 

We are releasing these under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.

 

*Sorry, the iPhone won’t allow you to customize your SMS alerts. Feel free to make a feature request though

 

 

August 16th 2010 at 4:32 pm | Halo, Xbox 360 | 29 comments

July 23rd 2010, 2:00 am PT

Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo: Reach Bundle

 

Today at Comic Con in San Diego, we announced the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo: Reach bundle which will be available September 14th when Halo: Reach launches

Designed by Bungie, the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo: Reach Bundle includes all the features of the newly designed Xbox 360 console, such as a 250 GB Hard Drive and the fastest built-in Wi-fi. Additionally, you’ll receive two Limited Edition Wireless Controllers and a standard edition copy of Halo:Reach. The bundle will be available for US $399 in limited quantities and only while supplies last.

 

More pictures on my Flickr

Official Press Release

Bungie unboxes the console for you

 

 

Edit: The bundle is now available for pre-order along with the special edition controller and wireless headset

 

 

July 23rd 2010 at 2:00 am | Halo, Xbox 360 | 45 comments

May 24th 2010, 11:07 pm PT

Halo Reach coming September 14th

 

Today we announced that Halo: Reach will hit stores on Tuesday, September 14th 2010.

 

Halo®: Reach

 

As a reminder, on Sept 14th Halo: Reach will be available in standard, Limited and Legendary editions. Full details on the contents of the Limited and Legendary editions are below:

 

 

 

 

 

Halo: Reach Limited Edition – $79.99 (USD)

In addition to the game disc and manual, the Limited edition includes:

  • Game disc housed in recovered ONI ”black box”
  • An exclusive Elite armor set for use in multiplayer modes
  • Artifact bag containing Dr. Halsey’s personal journal and other classified documents and effects that unravel long held secrets from the “Halo” universe

Pre-order the Limited Edition

 

Halo: Reach Legendary Edition – $149.99 (USD)
The complete “Halo: Reach” collection. In addition to the game disc, manual, and the complete contents of the Limited edition, the Legendary edition includes:

  • Noble Team statue expertly crafted by the artisans at McFarlane Toys. Individually molded, hand-painted and individually numbered, this statue is a must-have for any serious “Halo” fan
  • UNSC-themed custom packaging

Pre-order the Legendary Edition

 

May 24th 2010 at 11:07 pm | Halo | 27 comments

April 22nd 2010, 1:00 pm PT

Halo: Reach SKU’s announced (with pix)

 

Halo: Reach will be available in standard, Limited and Legendary editions when the game launches this fall. Full details on the contents of the Limited and Legendary editions are below:

Halo: Reach Limited Edition – $79.99 (USD)

In addition to the game disc and manual, the Limited edition includes:

  • Game disc housed in recovered ONI ”black box”
  • An exclusive Elite armor set for use in multiplayer modes
  • Artifact bag containing Dr. Halsey’s personal journal and other classified documents and effects that unravel long held secrets from the “Halo” universe

Halo: Reach Legendary Edition – $149.99 (USD)
The complete “Halo: Reach” collection. In addition to the game disc, manual, and the complete contents of the Limited edition, the Legendary edition includes:

  • Noble Team statue expertly crafted by the artisans at McFarlane Toys. Individually molded, hand-painted and individually numbered, this statue is a must-have for any serious “Halo” fan
  • UNSC-themed custom packaging
  • An exclusive multiplayer Spartan armor effect

 

The standard edition of Halo: Reach will have an estimated price of $59.99 USD.  The two special editions will be available only while supplies last and I’ll let you know when they’ll be available for pre-order. Until then, I’ve posted some high rez pictures of some of the items mentioned above.

 

In other Halo news, Bungie’s latest Halo: Reach ViDoc, titled Carnàge Carnivàle was also released today. We’re only a few short days away from the Halo : Reach multiplayer beta which starts May 3rd. As a reminder, you will need your Halo 3: ODST game disc to participate in the beta.

   

April 22nd 2010 at 1:00 pm | Halo | 81 comments

January 26th 2010, 2:03 pm PT

Games on Demand: Halo Wars and DEAD RISING

 

Halo Wars™Content: Halo Wars
Price: Check pricing for your region
Availability: Asia, Canada and US
Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) This game supports English. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual". Halo Wars is a strategy game based on the legendary Halo® universe. Command entire armies of Spartans, Warthogs and more into combat as you join the crew of the “Spirit of Fire” to battle the alien Covenant. Designed from the ground up for the Xbox 360, Halo Wars let you effortlessly command powerful armies in epic battles. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

 

Add Halo Wars to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

Dead Rising™Content: DEAD RISING

Price: Check pricing for your region
Availability: Not available in Germany, Japan, Korea or India
Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) This game supports English only. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual". Unparalleled human drama unfolds in a shopping mall overrun with the undead. Welcome to hell!! There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

 

Add Dead Rising to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

January 26th 2010 at 2:03 pm | Halo, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 25 comments

December 9th 2009, 9:43 am PT

Show #343: Interviews with members of 343 Industries about Halo and more

 

In this special 343rd episode, posted on the 343rd day of the year, I interview some of the team members at 343 Industries who are responsible for all things Halo at Microsoft Game Studios.

 

Host: Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)  

Bonnie Ross – General Manager, 343 Industries

Justin Korthof – Community Manager, 343 Industries

Jon Goff – Community Manager, 343 Industries

Kevin Grace – Managing Editor, 343 Industries

Eric Nylund – Author

Jeremy Patenaude – Content Creator, 343 Industries (Formerly of AscendantJustice.com)
Jacob Benton – Content Creator, 343 Industries (Formerly of AscendantJustice.com)

Josh Holmes – Executive Producer, 343 Industries

Frank O’Connor – Franchise Development Director, 343 Industries

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Links to some of the things mentioned in this episode:

 

http://halo.xbox.com
http://www.bungie.net

http://www.twitter.com/HaloWaypoint

http://www.facebook.com/HaloWaypoint

 

December 9th 2009 at 9:43 am | Halo, Podcast | 17 comments

September 15th 2009, 9:55 am PT

Video: The Vision Behind Halo 3: ODST (HD)

Content: The Vision Behind Halo 3: ODST (HD)
Price: Free
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (Mature) BLOOD,LANGUAGE,VIOLENCE] A Covenant warship dominates the sky over New Mombasa. The evacuated city burns below. You are an ODST, one of the few soldiers ready and willing to drop in and put up a fight. But before you head feet first into the city and experience Halo from a fresh perspective, get an inside look at the creative process behind Halo 3: ODST straight from the strike team at Bungie that got the job done. To complete their mission, they had to explore some dark and uncharted territory of their own. Download this VIDOC and get briefed on the vision, technology and tactics it took to bring the city of New Mombasa and Halo 3: ODST to life.

Add The Vision Behind Halo 3: ODST (HD) to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

September 15th 2009 at 9:55 am | Halo, Marketplace | 12 comments

August 20th 2009, 11:01 am PT

How you can play Halo 3: ODST Firefight before anyone else

 

If you are dying to get your hands on Halo 3: ODST to try out the new Firefight multiplayer mode, then you may be in luck. Bungie, Microsoft and GameStop have teamed up to give you a chance to experience Firefight and maybe win some Halo swag. We’ve announced that the custom created Halo 3: ODST Transport vehicle that will be making stops at GameStops across the United States and offering you an up close and hands on look of this new Halo multiplayer mode.
The tour kicks off this Saturday at 12 noon at the GameStop right down the street from the Xbox offices. Join me and a bunch of folks from the Xbox team as we kick off the tour that may bring the Halo 3: ODST Transport to your area.

 

Halo 3: ODST Transport Vehicle Stops

City

Seattle (Redmond, WA)

Portland (Hillsboro, OR)

San Francisco (Union City, CA)

San Jose (Antioch, CA)

Los Angeles (Pasadena, CA)

San Diego, CA

Las Vegas (Henderson, NV)

Phoenix (Avendale, AZ)

Dallas (Southlake, TX)

Austin (Cedar Park, TX)

Houston (Tomball, TX)

Memphis, TN

Nashville (Murfreesboro, TN)

Indianapolis, IN

Chicago, IL

Detroit (Shelby Township, MI)

Cleveland (North Olmstead, OH)

Pittsburgh, PA

Philadelphia (Fairless Hills, PA)

Washington, DC (Woodbridge, VA)

Baltimore (Owings Mills, MD)

New York (North Babylon, NY)

Location

Redmond Town Center

Tanasbourne Town Center

Union Landing

Center At Slatten Ranch

Hastings Village

Carmel Mt. Ranch

Whitney Ranch

Gateway Pavilion

Shops of Southlake

Lakeline Plaza

Spring Cypress Wal-Mart Center

Marketplace at Wolfcreek

College Central Shopping Center

Target 31 Shopping Center

The Brickyard Shopping Center

Shelby Town Center

Great Northern Plaza South

North Hills Village

Fairless Hills Towne Center

Smoketown Station

Garrison Forest Plaza Shopping Center

Sunset Plaza

Date

8/22

8/23

8/25

8/26

8/28

8/29

8/30

8/31

9/3

9/4

9/5

9/7

9/8

9/10

9/11

9/12

9/13

9/14

9/16

9/17

9/18

9/19

*For the most up to date list of tour cities, times and locations, visit GameStop.com

August 20th 2009 at 11:01 am | Events, Halo | 77 comments

July 30th 2009, 7:44 pm PT

Halo Wars Leaderboards

 

I wanted to make you aware of an unfortunate incident that has resulted in the loss of all data on the Halo Wars Xbox LIVE Leaderboards. This includes all singleplayer, multiplayer and Trueskill leaderboards, as well as all matchmaking data, resulting in the Halo Wars leaderboards being reset to original launch day status.

This was human error related to Xbox LIVE servers. It is not a broader service issue and will not impact other titles or Xbox LIVE experiences. The Xbox LIVE team is investigating the cause to prevent this from occurring in the future.

Thank you to Robot Entertainment for working with us through this issue and thank you to our Halo Wars community for your patience as we’ve sorted this out. On behalf of everyone at Xbox LIVE, I’d like to apologize for the incident and any frustration Halo Wars players have experienced in having their statistics disappear from the Leaderboards. You can rest assured that we’re putting processes in place to prevent this from happening in the future.

 

July 30th 2009 at 7:44 pm | Halo, Xbox 360 | 66 comments

July 21st 2009, 8:49 am PT

Halo Wars Historical Battle Map Pack Add-on

 

Content: Halo Wars Historical Battle Map Pack Add-on
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD BLOOD,MILD LANGUAGE,VIOLENCE] Expand your Halo Wars experience with the Historical Battle Map Pack Add-on. These four new maps highlight key turning points in the epic war between the UNSC and Covenant forces. The maps include: Blood River – battle a single opponent over a treacherous natural chokepoint; Barrens – engage your enemy in the midst of the Flood; Memorial Basin – two vs. two team play in one of the bloodiest battles in Halo history; and Glacial Ravine — three vs. three action as you fight to control a narrow corridor flanked by energy walls. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Add Halo Wars Historical Battle Map Pack Add-on to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

July 21st 2009 at 8:49 am | Game Add-on, Halo, Marketplace | 18 comments

July 14th 2009, 11:00 am PT

New Add-on coming for Halo Wars

 

It’s called Historic Battles and it will be available July 21st for 800 points and it has four new maps and four new Achievements. Here is a breakdown of what Historic Battles for Halo Wars will contain:

  • Barrens (1v1 Map): Difficult terrain channels units into killing zones. The side that controls the Forerunner artifacts will have the advantage.
  • Blood River (1v1 Map): Secure base locations on nearby cliffs overlook this naturally red-tinged river. The soldiers that fought over its two narrow crossings gave the river its name, which has since taken on a greater meaning.
  • Glacial Ravine (3v3 Map): A snow-topped mountain range forms a natural barrier that cuts this region in half. Control of the two energy walls at the narrow central pass often determines the outcome of the battle, though clever use of the Sentinel Factories may play a role as well.
  • Memorial Basin (2v2 Map): The high ground in the middle offers good cover for infantry, while the generally open terrain transforms organized battle plans into bloodbaths.

The four new Achievements worth a total of 100 points are:

  • Tour Coming Through: Hot drop 50 squads to your Covenant Leader in a single game on Memorial Basin (30 points)
  • Never Leave a Man Behind: Finish a game with 5000 net resources contributed to your teammates on Memorial Basin (15 points)
  • Drain Cleaner: Kill 20 enemy squads with a continuous Covenant Leader Power on Memorial Basin (30 points)
  • Killjoy: Disrupt 5 active Leader Powers in a single game on Blood River (25 points)

 

 

July 14th 2009 at 11:00 am | Game Add-on, Halo | 27 comments

July 7th 2009, 3:27 pm PT

New Halo 3 Maps coming this Fall

 

Bungie has posted a sneak peak of Heretic, Citadel, and Longshore, three maps you’ll find packed into the Halo 3 multiplayer disc included with Halo 3: ODST when it ships in September.

 

July 7th 2009 at 3:27 pm | Halo | 37 comments

January 8th 2009, 1:18 am PT

Halo Wars coming February 28th (Updated)

It was just announced at CES that Halo Wars will be available on February 28th (see below with world wide dates) with a demo hitting Xbox LIVE on February 5th.

 

Edit: There has be an update to the Halo Wars release date. In addition, I have details on specific regions:

Japan and Asia Pacific: February 26
Europe: February 27
North America: March 3

Note: The demo is still on track for a February 5th release.

January 8th 2009 at 1:18 am | Halo | 41 comments

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