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  • Blog Post: An Epic Return: The Music And Sound Of Halo 5

    The audio team at 343 Industries is putting an enormous amount of effort into the sound track of Halo 5: Guardians. They spent time recording the series' iconic Gregorian monk chants in one of the best-known acoustic churches in Europe, and got shot at with real guns just to capture intense battle... More
  • Blog Post: A Guided Tour Of Halo 5: Guardians' Newest Map, Fathom

    Developer 343 Industries iterates on multiplayer maps for thousands of man-hours before it lands on a design that feels endlessly repayable. This means that even the slightest details of a map are scrutinized under a magnifying glass. In order to get a better understanding of Fathom’s ins-and-outs... More
  • Blog Post: Revealing The Story Of Halo 5: Guardians' Campaign

    Over the last fourteen years, countless stories have been told within the Halo universe. We've followed humanity's struggle against the alien Covenant, the god-like Forerunners, and the parasitic Flood through the eyes of a wide roster of characters. Much of it has been told in a variety of media... More
  • Blog Post: Watch 20 Minutes Of Unedited Halo 5: Guardians Warzone Gameplay

    Warzone is Halo 5's newest multiplayer pillar, offering large battles with A.I. opponents jumping into the mix, and we have a uncut video of a full match. You can check out the video below, which is totally unedited. You will see the loading screens as well as the intermittent successes and frequent... More
  • Blog Post: Exclusive First Hands-On With Halo 5: Guardian’s New 24-Player Mode, Warzone

    Earlier today, 343 Industries revealed the new Halo 5: Guardian’s multiplayer mode, Warzone. This aims to take all the depth of a traditional Halo multiplayer match and layer in elements from the series’ single-player experience. Weeks ago, during our recent Halo 5: Guardian’s cover... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 5: Guardians – Unmasking The Fireteam Hunting Master Chief

    During last year’s Halo: Nightfall five-part digital series, fans were introduced to Jameson Locke, a capable soldier and ONI Acquisitions Specialist sent to investigate Covenant activity on the planet Sedra. For Halo 5: Guardians, Locke has been promoted to Spartan and tasked with hunting down... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 5: Guardians – The Spartans Tough Enough To Work With Master Chief

    Master Chief has become one of the most iconic characters in gaming, but for Halo 5: Guardians he won't be riding solo. This time around, the Chief is joined by three of his fellow schoolmates that help make up Blue Team. In spite of Halo's wealth of transmedia, 343 Industries has stated that... More
  • Blog Post: Evolved Combat: How Halo 5: Guardians Is Breaking Tradition

    After measuring the success of Halo 4's campaign and competitive matchmaking, 343 Industries was tasked with creating a next-gen Halo experience that would push new boundaries while staying true to the series' core gameplay. Internal studio head Josh Holmes and creative director Tim Longo sat... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – We’re Hilariously Bad At The Halo 5: Guardians Beta

    We got an early peak at The Halo 5 multiplayer Beta, and while it took us over 12 minutes to get into our first match, now that we've started playing we can't stop. The beta officially opens on December 29 and runs for three weeks. If you bought a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, then... More
  • Blog Post: Ten Of The Most Iconic Outfits In Video Games

    As the old adage absolutely does not go, clothes maketh the game character. The way a character is garbed can make or break their personality as well as their appearance. Deciding how a character is uniquely clad is like a PR move in itself, presenting the character as the sum of their parts. Inspired... More
  • Blog Post: Six Successful Online Launches That Give Us Hope For Destiny

    In this new age of online-focused, and increasingly online-required video games, it’s easy to look at the troubled launches of the past and be pessimistic about tomorrow’s big release – Destiny. But just because some games have stumbled out of the gate doesn’t guarantee Destiny... More
  • Blog Post: Seen At Comic Con 2014: Collectibles

    Alongside the impressive cosplay and general spectacle of Comic Con, there was also an impressive collection of collectibles and figures. For more on Final Fantasy artist Tetsuya Nomura's takes on Batman, head here . More
  • Blog Post: Coming Full Circle – A Look Back At The Halo Series

    Master Chief became a gaming icon after his debut in November 2001 on the first Xbox. Since then, the green-armored space soldier and his comrades in arms have continued fighting universal evils across all Microsoft’s platforms. Today, 343 Industry announced Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One,... More
  • Blog Post: Five Things We Want In Halo 5: Guardians

    Today Microsoft and 343 Industries announced a new chapter in the Halo series for Xbox One . Halo 5: Guardians has the Game Informer office buzzing with excitement, discussing what we want to see in this next sci-fi FPS outing. From retooled multiplayer maps to a new protagonist, these are a few elements... More
  • Blog Post: CosBlog # 85: Mini Chief by Randall Ng

    I’ve got a massive soft spot for pint-sized cosplay, meaning Mini Chief wreaked havoc on my heart. Created by Randall Ng for his son, Paxton compensates for his short stature with boatloads of style and a juice box or two. I can’t wait to see what this father/son duo comes up with next! Who... More
  • Blog Post: How To Become A Real-Life Video Game Hero

    Everyone has their idols. While some people foolishly admire athletes and physicists, the rest of us appreciate more down-to-earth individuals like Master Chief or Commander Shepard. As with any idol, sometimes we wish we could be more like them someday. Here’s a guide to being more like your favorite... More
  • Blog Post: The Future Of Halo Wars And Halo's Expanded Universe

    The development of Halo 4 not only marks a slight change in tone and direction for the numbered Halo entries, but 343 Industries is also taking a new approach to the management of Halo's expanded universe. In order to keep the ever-expanding Halo storyline from splintering off in a million different... More
  • Blog Post: The Inspirations For Halo 4

    Halo 4 will be the first new entry in the series from the freshly-formed studio 343 Industries, but that doesn't mean that the team is approaching the game from a blank slate. Each team member was inspired to join the team and work on the game for their own reasons; inspirations for the new game... More
  • Blog Post: The Rise And Fall Of Cortana In Halo 4

    Most fans have noticed Cortana's prominent placement on the cover of the latest issue of the magazine. The new Halo team at 343 Industries is aiming to build her up as both a pivotal character in the plot and as a showcase for the new technology behind the scenes. We talked with Frank O' Connor... More
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