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Halo 1-4 coming to the Xbox One for $60; Microsoft to unlock Halo 5 beta in December

Halo fans — particularly those who prefer older versions of the classic game — might like what Microsoft announced this morning. The company will release a remastered compilation of its classic Halo games in a unified experience for its Xbox One later this year. The company announced the new “Master Chief Collection” this morning at the E3 video-game conference… Read More

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Confirmed: Halo 5 won’t be developed for Xbox 360

Sorry, Xbox 360 holdouts: In case there was any doubt, Microsoft says Halo 5 won’t be released for its older game console. Announcing plans for the game this morning, Bonnie Ross of Microsoft’s 343 Industries said Halo 5 will be developed specifically for Xbox One. Responding to an inquiry from GeekWire, a Microsoft spokesman confirmed that the game… Read More

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Halo 5 coming for Microsoft’s Xbox One in fall 2015, along with Spielberg’s Halo TV series

Microsoft will release “Halo 5: Guardians” in fall 2015 for Xbox One, marking the next major installment in the flagship Xbox game franchise. The company is also on track for a fall 2015 release of a new “Halo” television series being developed in collaboration with Steven Spielberg. The announcements were made this morning by Bonnie Ross of Microsoft’s… Read More

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Bungie releases 7-minute gameplay video for ‘Destiny’

As Bungie gears up to release its highly-anticipated Destiny game, the Bellevue-based company today posted a 7-minute video clip showing footage from its new title. Destiny is Bungie’s first new game since it spun off from Microsoft in 2007. The first-person shooter lets players create customizable characters and travel to other planets after a cataclysm destroys much of Earth. As one of… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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