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Halo Infinite now due in autumn 2021

After announcing in August that they were delaying Halo Infinite's launch from November into next year, developers 343 Industries have now revealed quite how long we're talking: autumn 2021. That's a big'un - it could potentially be a delay of over a year. For such a long delay to happen at such short notice, something seems wrong. The devs don't explain the full scope of…

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Fortnite leaks suggest Halo’s Master Chief may be dropping in this season

With Halo Infinite delayed into next year and The Master Chief Collection all wrapped up, where is one supposed to hang out with their big green friend? Fortnite, apparently, should this week's rumours be believed. Recent alleged leaks suggest John Halo himself is making his way to murder island as part of this season's multi-dimensional crossover, letting the big man finally compete in a castle-building…

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s co-op future may lie with modders

With Halo 4 done and dusted and dropped onto PC, you'd be forgiven for thinking 343's work here was done. But our big green pal still has some work to do, and the developers have been thinking of more ways to tinker with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Speaking in a blog post this week, 343 laid out plans for cut content and future rewards,…

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Halo Infinite rumor claims battle royale mode launching in 2021

Ah yes, "Will they or won't they?", the now to be expected affair between ongoing FPS series and the popular battle royale format. Halo Infinite's developers previously expressed disinterest in plopping a hundred Master Chiefs into a last Chief standing mode but a new rumor has cropped up saying they will—and that it's coming in 2021.

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343 Industries are planning an end of year status update on Halo Infinite

Earlier this year, 343 Industries announced that they were delaying Halo Infinite, originally planned as an Xbox Series X launch game, to 2021. They've been pretty quiet on Infinite since then, presumably adjusting to what the delay means for the game and the team. Now they say they're planning an end of year update and hope to be more communicative in upcoming months.

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Halo 4 gets a few more days of testing, adds crossplay to Reach

If there's been one small positive about this year, it's the reliable rollout of once console-locked Halo games on PC through Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With Halo 4 currently on the launchpad, 343 Industries have chosen to extend the game's testing ("flighting") period by another week, with the Insider client now testing crossplay support for Halo Reach.

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No, Halo 5 wont be joining The Master Chief Collection on PC

Sorry, Mister Chief. With testing for Halo 4 about to begin for The Master Chief Collection on PC, 343 have once again confirmed that their first game will also be The MCC's last - with no plans to bring Halo 5 into Captain Motocross' big ol' bundle. It might have a reputation for being a bit rubs, but that's a weird, Cortana-shaped hold to leave…

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Halo 3: ODST has arrived on PC

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has gained another game, except this one isn't actually about that Master Chief guy. Halo 3: ODST arrived on PC today, giving players the chance to follow the story of some normal human dudes, and not a giant Spartan. It takes place before the events of Halo 3, and you play as some Orbital Drop Shock Troopers who're trying to…

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Halo 3: ODST drops onto PC next week

Halo's long-overdue missing PC releases will continue with Halo 3: ODST next Tuesday, the 22nd of September, Microsoft announced today. ODST was one of Bungie's last Halo games and it turns away from jacked supersoldier Master Chef to focus on some regular squishy humans: Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. The game has a good squad of these, borrowing voices from noughties sci-fi stars including Nathan Fillion,…

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What if Halo 3’s multiplayer was flooded with rats, though?

343 are finally getting weird with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and that's great. But they were never going to hold a candle against the game's modders, who've lately decided what Halo 3 really needs is to turn everyone into a rat. That's exactly the premise behind Rat Slayer, an upcoming mod that - daft as it is - never dared to consider whether John…

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No, Halo Infinite has not been delayed again, 343 Industries say

Hold your warthogs folks, 343 Industries are setting a few things straight about Halo Infinite delays. It is true that 343 announced earlier this month that they would delay Halo Infinite from late 2020 to sometime in 2021. That bit was officially announced. What aren't real, they say, are the subsequent rumors that Infinite could be delayed even further into the following year. We should…

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Halo Infinite chose delay over being broken into pieces

Getting Halo Infinite out of the door this year was kind of a big deal. But while serious consideration was given to severing the game's singleplayer from its multiplayer, the folks at Xbox instead opted to delay Halo Infinite into next year. It's better, they reckon, to deliver all of Halo all at once, even if it means waiting a few months to finish the…

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Halo Infinite has been delayed into 2021

Halo Infinite is a Series X launch title no more. Following a seemingly shaky transition to working from home, developers 343 Industries have cited Covid-19 woes (and the extra time and polish needed following last month's somewhat shaky showcase) in their decision to postpone Johnny Halo and the war gorillas' trip to the great big hula-hoop in the sky 'til next year.

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Halo is getting PC and Xbox matchmaking this year

First up, I’m going to incept the Halo theme song into your brain: Oohwawawawahwahwawha... There, that should do it. Now we have the scene properly set, I’m excited to tell you that the Halo: The Master Chief Collection isn’t going to settle on just bringing the Halo series back to the PC. There are plans afoot that will let Xbox One and PC gamers fight…

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The best Halo, ODST, begins closed testing this month

From weary old gorillas to graphical japes, we've all had our fun with Halo Infinite over the last few weeks. But haud on, we've still got the rest of Halo: The Master Chief Collection to get through before finishing that particular fight. This month, 343 will begin closed insider flighting for Halo 3: ODST, Master Chief's moody, jazz-noir cousin that's secretly the best of the…

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Halo Infinite’s deathmatches are going free-to-play

Halo: Infinite's campaign might be torn between nostalgic throwback and open-world reinvention, but we've still got no ruddy clue what's going on with the series' multiplayer come November. Well, whatever form it takes, there is one thing for certain - jumping around with your Spartan-II pals won't cost a penny. Following quiet rumblings earlier this week, 343 Industries have confirmed that yes, Halo's multiplayer murderings…

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I’m sorry, I’m obsessed with the Halo Infinite crisis gorilla

Escharum has set a fire in my heart. There were plenty of titbits to be gleaned from last night's Halo Infinite campaign footage, but the star of the show for me was the incredibly aggravated gorilla who came out of nowhere to deliver a passionate monologue to camera, right at the end. Admittedly, this sounds exactly like something I would invent in a joke post…

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Halo Infinite’s reveal ended with a gorilla losing its mind on camera

So, as of this evening's Xbox Games Showcase, we've finally seen footage of Halo Infinite, and it looks good! There was indeed a grappling hook, more mobility in general from the Chief (he can climb on boxes now!), and a couple of new guns. There was also some classic Warthog action, some dependably stirring music, and a couple of genuinely sublime moments of looking-out-across-a-halo-at-sunset beauty.…

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Halo Infinite will have you grappling across a wild open ringworld

This'll be the big one, then. Following that debut trailer and a full week of teasing, Xbox kicked off their big not-E3 showcase today with a big proper look at Halo Infinite. John "Halo" Masterchief's back on a colossal hula hoop to shoot some space gorillas in the gob - and this time, he'll do that by swinging across a massive open world with a…

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Feature: A nice, refreshing pint of Halo.

Halo 3 made me realise there’s only really one Halo game, and it’s all of them

The PC remaster of Halo 3 is another beautiful, robust polish job that shows just how well Bungie’s bombastic shooter series has aged. I recommend it heartily. Yes, it’s marred with some baffling narrative choices, bungled ally AI, and a few instances of phoned-in level design, of course. But then, in the immortal words of that astronaut meme, “always has been”. And at this point,…

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