Always bet on Master Chief and his Halo games – always. 343 Industries, the developer of Halo 4 revealed to CVG that the franchise has sold over 50 million copies worldwide since the original game launched for the Xbox in 2001, with about 4 million of those sales from the new game. As if we needed more proof that the Xbox brand and Halo go hand in hand, the developer also said the Halo games have driven gamers to play “more than 5 billion hours” on Xbox LIVE. Eleven years on and Halo is as iconic for Microsoft (MSFT) as Super Mario is for Nintendo (NTDOY). According to 343 Industries’ development director Frank O’Connor told CVG “a lot of people at 343 are already prototyping ideas and software and art for future Halo product” and “work on the game started actually before we launched Halo 4 and continues apace.” It’s unclear if the game will be Halo 5 or a spin-off as was Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST.
Microsoft on Wednesday announced the return of Master Chief and the Halo franchise with the release of “Halo 4″ on November 6th. The franchise was originally imagined as a trilogy, with the game’s third installment becoming the biggest consumer product launch of all time when it was released in 2007. Many questions were left unanswered, however, and fans of the series wanted more. The game is set four years after the events of Halo 3, as Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens to destroy the entire universe. “We are beginning a new saga with ‘Halo 4′ and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of ‘Halo’ games and experiences,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios. “Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and, with ‘Halo 4′ leading the charge, we’re confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history.” Additional details surrounding the game will be announced on CONAN Wednesday night on TBS at 11:00 p.m. EST. Microsoft’s press release follows below. More →
During Microsoft’s keynote at the E3 2011 tradeshow in Los Angeles on Monday, Microsoft confirmed that it will launch a special edition of Halo, titled “Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary” edition on November 15th — the 10 year anniversary of the franchise’s launch. The game will offer the same seven amazingly addictive multiplayer maps like the original, but will also now include enhanced support for Xbox LIVE features and a “fully remastered” campaign mode with support for co-op play over Xbox LIVE. We’re here in Los Angeles for E3 2011 so hopefully we’ll be able to get some hands-on time soon.
During the Microsoft press conference at E3 in Los Angeles on Monday, Microsoft showed off a quick sneak-peak of Halo 4, a new trilogy that will begin when the title launches during the holiday season of 2012. Microsoft didn’t discuss much else about the game, but it did also announce that Xbox 360 owners will soon be able to get their hands on Kinect Sports Season 2, which will include golf, baseball, skiing, tennis, and football. Kinect Sports Season 2 is expected to land in time for the holiday season this year.
Motorola made it official today, the QA4 Evoke will be coming soon to CDMA carrier near you. The touchscreen QWERTY slider sport the following specs:
- CDMA 800/1900/1700/2100, Diversity 1900MHz and 2100 MHz EVDO Rev A
- 2.8” WQVGA 240×400 Touchscreen display
- 2 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom
- 256 MB Internal storage, microSD expansion
- Widget-Based, customizable homescreen
- MySpace, YouTube and Picasa integration
- Full HTML browser
- Centralized & conversational style SMS and email (POP3/IMAP4)
- 108mm x 50.5mm x 17.5mm dimensions
No word on which carrier Cricket will pick up this latest and greatest offering from Motorola and it is expected to debut in Q2 2009. Woo!