Halo vet Joseph Staten returns to Microsoft after working on Bungie’s ‘Destiny’

Joseph Staten, a design director who worked on several Halo titles, is coming back to Microsoft. Staten spent the past 15 years with Bungie, the Bellevue-based studio that Microsoft acquired in 2000 and then split from in 2007. He was the lead writer for the company’s highly-anticipated Destiny game before departing last September, saying that… Read More


Halo coming to Xbox One on Dec. 24 with ‘Spartan Assault’

Halo will makes its Xbox One debut on Dec. 24, as Microsoft announced today that Halo: Spartan Assault will be available for $14.99 on the new console in time for Christmas. Spartan Assault is not a classic first-person shooter in the mold of traditional Halo games. Instead, it’s a top-down shooter that gives a third-person perspective… Read More


Halo’s Mister Chief: The story behind a ‘terrible idea that snowballed out of control’

Ten years ago, Mister Chief was a “terrible idea that spun out of control,” but now Frank O’Connor’s creation has found its way to an Xbox Live avatar costume this week. O’Connor, currently the Franchise Development Director for 343 Industries, penned a blog post today recounting the origins of the unofficial Halo mascot. O’Connor was working… Read More


Microsoft Halo chief Bonnie Ross: Free-to-play is a possibility for 343 Industries

Halo 5 will certainly not be a free-to-play title. But as for future games from Microsoft’s 343 Industries, it’s definitely a possibility. That’s the word from Bonnie Ross, who oversees Microsoft’s Halo business as the general manager of 343 Industries. Ross, speaking on a future of video games panel at the GeekWire Summit, shared her thoughts on… Read More

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Microsoft Halo leader Bonnie Ross joins GeekWire Summit speaker lineup

We’ve been steadily adding industry leaders to the agenda for the GeekWire Summit tech conference — including top Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Gurley earlier this week — and today we’re excited to announce another big addition: Bonnie Ross, who oversees Microsoft’s Halo business as the general manager of 343 Industries. Ross will anchor a… Read More


‘Spartan Assault’ is a great new Halo, but Microsoft is playing a risky game with Windows Phone users

Finally! A great new, exclusive game for my Windows Phone! Ugh, I guess not. At least not for another month. That’s the emotional roller-coaster created by Microsoft’s newly released Halo: Spartan Assault. It is, in fact, a great game. I’ve been playing the Windows 8 version all weekend on my Surface tablet, and I’m having… Read More


‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ for Windows 8, Windows Phone out today for $6.99

A touch-enabled version of Halo officially arrived on the Windows platform today with “Halo: Spartan Assault” exclusively for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Priced at $6.99, the game is not a classic first-person shooter in the mold of traditional Halo games. Instead it’s a top-down shooter that gives a third-person perspective as the heroes of the… Read More


Game of the Year? Vote here in the GeekWire Awards

The Seattle region may be known for operating systems, airplanes and coffee, but video games play a huge role in the technology scene, and today we’re pleased to present a new GeekWire Awards category that recognizes this important field. Below you’ll find the five finalists for Game of the Year — the top video games… Read More


Bored this weekend? Xbox Live Gold is free for everyone

If you’ve wanted to experience the benefits of Xbox Live’s Gold service but didn’t want to dent your wallet, Microsoft is providing a nice little treat this weekend. Starting this morning and running through Monday morning, Xbox Live Silver members can enjoy the benefits of a Gold membership without charge. That means Xbox owners in… Read More


Photos: Checking out Master Chief’s home at 343 Industries

Welcome to the home of Master Chief. Across the 520 bridge in Kirkland is 343 Industries, the Microsoft-owned company now responsible for the Halo franchise after Bungie became private in 2007. 343 released its first Halo game, Halo 4, in November and plans on developing two more installments. Halo 4 brought in record $220 million… Read More


Xbox Live servers down, Halo gamers angry

It’s Friday afternoon and sometimes there’s nothing better to do than ending your week with some Halo. Unfortunately for gamers everywhere, that’s not possible right now. The Xbox Live servers have been down for the past few hours and it’s not making people very happy. And of course the first time I go to play… Read More


New era for Bungie: First glimpse of Destiny, the next big thing from Halo’s creator

It would be hard for Bungie to top the success that Halo brought to the Bellevue-based video game company, but a new first-person shooter could have the ingredients to do just that. Bungie finally lifted the curtains on its online multiplayer game called Destiny, the first title under Bungie’s name since the company spun off from Microsoft… Read More


Video games analyst: “Consumers are starved for new titles”

Game developers, take notice. Right now might be a perfect time to unveil that new game you’ve been working on for the past few years. According to NPD Video Games Industry Analyst Liam Callahan, the headliners of this holiday season’s video game lineup mostly consist of strong sequels — Call of Duty Black Ops, Halo 4, Assassins Creed… Read More

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New Microsoft game studio in Vancouver wants to build the next Halo

Microsoft is officially opening a new game studio in Canada and expectations are off the charts. Located in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Black Tusk Studios has some serious goals to meet in the coming years. Studio manager Mike Crump told the Vancouver Sun that the new first-party studio, which has already been working for the past year, was asked to come up with Microsoft’s… Read More


Microsoft debuts trailer for live-action Halo 4 series

Gearing up for the release of Halo 4 this fall, Microsoft has released the official trailer for “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” the live-action online series that will tell the story of the events leading up to the plotline of the game. The trailer debuted at Comic-Con in San Diego last night. Microsoft has been… Read More

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Microsoft gears up for live-action ‘Halo’ web series

It’s not a movie, yet, but Microsoft is planning to launch a new web series based on its blockbuster Halo video-game series, with real people playing the characters. A company representative confirms that Microsoft will be producing the live-action series, called “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” in conjunction with the launch of the Halo 4… Read More


Hail to the Master Chief? Halo 4 launching on election day

Microsoft announced plans this week to launch Halo 4 on Nov. 6, kicking off a new era for the blockbuster Xbox 360 franchise. If the date sounds familiar, it’s because there is another pretty big event also happening on that day: the U.S. presidential election. The coincidence has generated all sorts of conspiracy theories about… Read More


Conan O’Brien visits Microsoft, tries out for Halo 4 role

Microsoft yesterday announced a Nov. 6 release date for “Halo 4,” the next installment in the blockbuster video-game series for Xbox 360, which is being developed for the first time by Microsoft’s 343 Industries — the first Halo game to be made outside the auspices of the franchise’s original creators at the Bungie game development… Read More