Halo: The Master Chief Collection Now Available for Pre-order and Pre-download

By Xbox Wire Staff

Thirteen years ago, Xbox made gaming history with the release of Halo: Combat Evolved. Then, ten years ago, Halo 2 changed the face of gaming forever. To date, more than 60 million copies of Halo games have been sold worldwide, driving over 6 billion hours of gameplay by fans connected to Xbox Live.

Now, on November 11, the seminal first-person shooter saga gets the deluxe Xbox One treatment with the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Celebrating three generations of the franchise and giving both new and longtime Halo fans the chance to experience all of the action on one consoles, this will kick off a new era in the Halo universe.

Starting today, you can pre-order and pre-download The Master Chief Collection on Xbox Live. Let’s take a closer look at what this $59.99 package gets you.

The Entire Master Chief SagaHalo: The Master Chief Collection includes all of the critically acclaimed adventures of the Master Chief, from the original Halo: Combat Evolved: Anniversary, to Halo 2: Anniversary, and on to Halo 3 and Halo 4. You can even play a selection of the most treasured campaign levels across all four games using curated playlists – and once you’ve finished the fight, you can dive into the online fray on over 100 multiplayer maps, including six completely remastered favorites from Halo 2.

Halo 2: Anniversary – In commemoration of Halo 2’s 10th anniversary, it’s received the special edition treatment in the form of dazzling HD graphics, all-new audio, smooth 60 fps gameplay, and nearly a full hour of brand-new cinematics. In addition to being able to find new terminals and flip on new skulls for some added challenge, you can instantly switch between the remastered Halo 2: Anniversary visuals and sound and the classic Halo 2graphics and audio.

Halo: Nightfall – The inaugural installment of the episodic series from Executive Producer Ridley Scott and Scott Free Production will debut day-and-date with The Master Chief Collection – and you’ll be one of the first to see it. Giving players a look into the backstory of Agent Locke, who plays a key role in the events of Halo 5: Guardians, the five episodes of “Halo: Nightfall” will help to usher in a new era in the Halo universe.

Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta – Jump into the long-awaited Halo 5 multiplayer maps before anyone else, during an exclusive three-week beta period that runs from December 29, 2014 through January 18, 2015. By taking part in the event, you’ll get the chance to help shape the face of Halo’s multiplayer future!

As one of the most innovative and beloved names in multiplayer gaming, Halo is enjoyed by millions of players around the globe. Since its launch in 2001, it has been synonymous with the Xbox brand. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a grand love letter to all those fans – a nostalgic look back at the series’ storied past, as well as a bridge to the future, to Halo 5: Guardians and beyond. Whether you’re a card-carrying Halo super-fan or a brand-new Xbox One gamer, there has never been a better way to play Halo than The Master Chief Collection. Pre-order your copy today, and experience the adventures of Master Chief on November 11, and through the holiday season with the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.

Here’s how pre-order and pre-download works. When a title becomes available for digital pre-order in the Xbox Store, select “Pre-purchase” to buy and download the game. You will be charged the full amount upon transaction and may use any supported payment method, including an existing Microsoft account balance or credit card. The game will download, along with any updates issued before the release date, so the game is up-to-date and ready to play. Then, when the game is officially released to the Xbox Store, timed with local launch availability, simply go to the game in My Games & Apps, go to your pre-pinned tile, or say “Xbox, go to Halo: The Master Chief Collection” to start playing. Titles will be available after midnight local time on the release date in your corresponding country, though some countries with multiple time zones will align to one release time.

Similar to other digital downloads, you will need a consistent Internet connection to download a pre-ordered game and your Xbox One will need to be turned on or in connected standby (Instant On) mode. Of course, you can check the download progress at any time in your download queue, My Games & Apps, or on the game details page. And if you have multiple games loading simultaneously, you can prioritize titles, pause, and resume downloads in your queue.

Now that you’ve got all the intel you need, you can head over to the Xbox Store to grab Halo: The Master Chief Collection and begin downloading one of the year’s biggest Xbox One games. We’ll see you on the battlefield!

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The Voices of Destiny

As you dig into the world of Destiny, you’re going to discover that there’s a lot of story going on. And that means there’s a lot of talking going on. Fortunately, Bungie hasn’t skimped on the talent in this regard, drafting some top-tier stars to voice the characters you’ll meet as you play the game. Here are eight of the most recognizable actors lending their voices to Destiny.

Peter Dinklage: Ghost Peter

Your Ghost – the artificially intelligent construct that serves as Guardians’ support and companion – is the voice you’re going to hear most often in the game. It comes courtesy of Peter Dinklage, who has been wowing audiences as Tyrion Lannister inGame of Thrones. He also recently appeared as Dr. Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Also, he was Miles Finch in Elf. Destiny isn’t his first video game role, but it’s the first not adapted from a film he starred in (specifically, Ice Age: Continental Drift andThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian).

Bill Nighy: The Speaker Bill

Not to be confused with Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill Nighy is a celebrated character actor who’s made appearances in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Shaun of the Dead, to name but a few. He was also the face behind Davy Jones’ tentacles in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Aside from games based on movies he’s been in, Nighy has also contributed his voice to the eventually-coming-to-consoles Elder Scrolls Online. In Destiny, he plays the Speaker, the voice of (and advocate for) the Traveler.

Lauren Cohan: The Stranger Lauren

You know her face as Maggie in The Walking Dead, you know her voice as Juliana inArcher, and Lauren Cohan can be seen in a variety of other well-known TV series – including The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. Destiny is her first video game role; she plays the mysterious Stranger, who follows your character around… mysteriously.

Nathan Fillion: Cayde-6, Hunter Vanguard Nathan

Ol’ Captain Tightpants can’t seem to keep himself out of space. Known among discerning viewers as Malcolm Reynolds in the criminally short-lived Firefly, Nathan Fillion currently stars in ABC’s police comedy-drama Castle. In Destiny, he takes on the role of the Vanguard of the Hunter class, a sort of guild leader. This isn’t the first time he’s been heard in a Bungie game: Fillion also appeared in Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, andHalo Reach.

Gina Torres: Ikora Rey, Warlock Vanguard Gina

Fillion isn’t the only Firefly alum to appear in the game: His first mate makes an appearance too, also as a Vanguard. Gina Torres played Zoe Washburne in Firefly, and appeared more recently as Bella Crawford in Hannibal and Jessica Pearson in Suits. Though she’s lent her voice to a handful of games in the past, her portrayal of the Warlock Vanguard here is arguably her biggest in-game role.

Lance Reddick: Commander Zavala, Titan Vanguard Lance

Rounding out the Vanguard contingent is Lance Reddick, marking his first video game role as the Titans’ big cheese. Though we haven’t heard him in games before, we’ve seen him in some pretty serious TV roles. He was Cedric Daniels in the legendary dramaThe Wire, Matthew Abaddon in Lost, and Phillip Broyles in Fringe.

Peter Stormare: Arach Jalaal, Dead Orbit Merchant Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare is a character actor who chewed up the scenery as Satan in the very underrated Constantine. He’s played small roles in films like Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and Armageddon, and has lent his voice to a handful of video games – including theMercenaries series and The Elder Scrolls Online. In Destiny, he takes on the role of a merchant for one of the game’s factions.

Claudia Black: Tess Everis, Special Orders Claudia

Claudia Black has played a number of significant roles, both in-person and in games. You’ve seen her face in sci-fi series like Farscape and Stargate SG-1, and heard her voice in games like Crysis, Mass Effect 3, and Gears of War 3 – but her biggest role may be as Morrigan in the Dragon Age series. Here, she plays a merchant who deals in unique items not found anywhere else.

Want to see if you recognize any other voices? Be our guest; Destiny is currently available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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World of Tanks to Get Race Mode

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Tank Rally mode with custom map and free tank to enter the game on September 29

September 18, 2014 — Wargaming today announced the addition of Tank Rally mode to its free-to-play online action game World of Tanks. The new mode, which pits players against each other on a racing track full of destruction and explosive action, will be available for a limited time in-game fromSeptember 29th through October 12th. Video Here.

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Tank Rally mode pits teams of 3 against each other on a completely revamped version of the Port game map where players must not only race to the finish line and capture a solitary control point, but also try their best to destroy the competition on the way. The track, filled with ramps, explosives and other interactive objects, will provide ample opportunity to tip the odds of victory with every shot fired. The only tank available in the new mode will be the custom built M24 Chaffee Sport tank that will be given to all registered players for free.

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Tank Rally mode will also come complete with a special in-game medal, “Racer 2014,” awarded for being on a winning team, as well as a set of combat missions enabling tankers to earn experience points and credits.

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For more information about World of Tanks and to download the award-winning, free-to-play action MMO, visit:

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About World of Tanks

World of Tanks is the first and only team-based, massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes over 300 armoured vehicles from United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain and China, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

About Wargaming

Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles. Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that will include the armored World of Tanks, the flight combat World of Warplanes, and the naval World of Warships. The three intertwined titles will form a common gaming universe integrated within the portal www.wargaming.net.

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Minecraft to Join Microsoft

By Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox

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Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team as Mojang and the Minecraft franchise join MicrosoftMinecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009. Minecraft inspires millions to create together, connects people across the globe, and is a community that is among the most active and passionate in the world.

Our relationship with Mojang began when we initially talked to the team about bringing Minecraft to the console. Minecraft quickly became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years. That working relationship set the ground work for other opportunities. We’ve long seen the incredible potential of Minecraft.

At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people. Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.

The Minecraft community is passionate and diverse, ranging across all ages and demographics. We respect the brand and independent spirit that has made Minecraft great, and we’ll carry on the tradition of innovation to move the franchise forward. Our investments in cloud, Xbox Live and mobile technology will enable players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect with the Minecraft community.

We’re excited to confirm that MINECON will continue next year. We’ll look to create even more ways for the vibrant community of YouTuber’s, innovators, bloggers and players to connect with each other – both in person and online. We will have much more to share in the coming months.

The Minecraft team’s unique vision, creative energy and innovative mindset make them a perfect fit alongside our other global studios. Microsoft Studios includes 343 Industries, Turn 10 Studios, and Lionhead Studios just to name a few. These industry-leading game studios within Microsoft that have had great success with beloved games and massively popular franchises like Halo, Forza, and Fable. We’re excited to welcome Mojang to the Microsoft family and we are thrilled to support the success and longevity of Minecraft for years to come.

Phil
@XboxP3

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DLC Season Pass for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Announced.

The first Season Pass for a LEGO videogame. The Season Pass will include 6 DLC packs each with a unique themed mission level with story and free play modes.  Players will be able to unlock a total of over 40 characters, vehicles, achievements and more.  The first three of the DLC packs will be available on November 11 and 3 more will be announced at a later date.  The Season Pass will be available for the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC for a great price of $14.99.  Each pack can be purchased separately at $2.99/pack.  

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The Season Pass includes:

  • The Dark Knight Pack (available 11/11/14)
    • Experience the heart-pounding chase scene from the iconic film complete with cool vehicles and explosive action. Play as the legendary Dark Knight and Commissioner Gordon, as well as the Joker and his goons as they chase down Harvey Dent’s police escort.  Bane and Catwoman from the third film are also playable.
  • Man of Steel Pack (available 11/11/14)
    • Help Jor-El, his wife Lara and their robot Kelex send the infant Superman “Kal-el” into space towards the safety of Earth as Krypton falls into chaos. Find a way inside Jor-El’s home, fight General Zod’s invading forces and battle against Zod himself to save Superman.
  • Batman 75th Pack (available 11/11/14)
    • Play as Joker and Harley, setting up a variety of celebration set pieces. Be the Batman and play as some of the most iconic faces of Batman through the years, including his first appearance in Detective Comics #27.
  • Access to Future DLC Content
    • Gain access to three additional game packs, featuring new playable characters, vehicles and levels. Details about the additional content will be revealed at a later date.

In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the ultimate super hero game for the entire family, launches November 11th on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and PC.

 

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Batman™:Arkham Knight Set for June 2, 2015 Release With Two Collector’s Editions

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Batman™: Arkham Knight is scheduled to release worldwide beginning June 2, 2015.  Also revealed, are two collector’s editions – Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition and Batman: Arkham KnightBatmobile Edition.  Both will be available in limited quantities at launch in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.  Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition will also be available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for PC.

 

Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition will include:

 

  • Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight
  • Limited Edition SteelBook™ – Unique SteelBook™ case and game disc
  • Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book
  • Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52
  • Batman Memorial Statue – Imposing statue commemorating Gotham’s Protector, the Dark Knight
  • SRP:

o   Console – $99.99 / 119.99 € / 89.99£

o   PC – 99.99€ / 74.99£ 

 

Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition will include:

 

  • Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight
  • Limited Edition SteelBook™ – Unique SteelBook™ case and game disc
  • Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book
  • Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52
  • Transforming Batmobile  Statue – Fully transformable Batmobile statue realised in exquisite detail by TriForce
  • SRP: $199.99 / 199.99€ / 169.99£ (Console only)

 

Images for the Collector’s Edition packages and contents can be found at the following link: Download Here.

 

Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and will be available exclusively for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. 

 

Batman: Arkham Knight brings the award-winning Batman: Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios to its epic conclusion. Developed exclusively for the New Generation of consoles and PCs, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile. The highly anticipated addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman: Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. In this explosive finale, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city that he is sworn to protect, as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals of Gotham and destroy the Batman forever.

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Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Available Friday Sept 5

By Xbox Wire Staff

Minecraft enters the next generation with the release of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition(ESRB rating E10+), available Friday, Sept. 5 for download in the Xbox Store. Owners ofMinecraft: Xbox 360 Edition can upgrade for just $4.99* USD, or new players can download the full game for $19.99 USD. All downloadable content players have purchased for the Xbox 360 Edition is available free for re-download on Xbox One.

With worlds up to 36 times larger than on Xbox 360, now there’s an even bigger canvas to create on. Transfer your favorite Xbox 360 worlds and content to the Xbox One Edition so you won’t lose your creations. Join a community of 13-million-plus Minecraft fans on Xbox Live that are continually laying down imaginative creations. And, with the widest range of downloadable content on console, you’ll never run out of new worlds to explore with four player split-screen on one console or up to eight players over Xbox Live.**

Xbox is about giving players a choice – even in how you buy your game. Starting Friday, players can purchase and download the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition upgrade or full game from the Xbox Store with either a credit card or an Xbox Gift Card purchased at retail. Later this month, select retailers will sell the full game Digital Download Code and the full game packaged disc will be on retail store shelves globally this holiday, just in time for gift giving.

Whether you’re a veteran Minecraft player continuing your journey or a new member of the community, you’ll be able to kick off your weekend with Minecraft: Xbox One Edition.

*To qualify for the $4.99 USD upgrade offer, players must own the retail disc or digital version ofMinecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and connect to Xbox Live with their account. For more information, visitxbox.com/en-US/games/minecraft-xbox-one-edition

**Xbox Live Gold membership required, sold separately.

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