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Microsoft Adds More 343 Industries Job Postings

by Evan Volmering Jan 9, 2010 11:42 AM CST
filed under microsoft, news

Yesterday we reported that Microsoft added a slew of new job postings in their Microsoft Games Studios department, many of which were for their next Halo game.  Well, today they've added 10 more, including AI Developer, Animation Director and Technical Animator.

"Microsoft Game Studios' 343 Industries is looking for a seasoned game developer to help develop a new experience in the Halo universe. Work on one of the most exciting and creative intellectual properties in the industry; we are gathering an incredible team to help drive the future of Halo.

"As a Senior AI Developer, you are core to enabling designers and animators realize their visions on screen. The ideal candidate will be able to architect an AI system to best support the game vision. You will need to be able to collaborate with creative people and be able to deliver solid performant code in a AAA game engine. You must be a team player!"

Microsoft Working on New Halo Project

by Tyler Treat Jan 8, 2010 5:59 PM CST
filed under microsoft, news, rumors, xbox 360

Microsoft posted 28 new jobs today, many of them being 343 Industries positions. Some of the jobs indicate that they are directly involved with Halo Waypoint, while others mention they are for developing a "new experience in the Halo universe." The positions are primarily for software developers, with a handful of animation, artist and producer jobs.

"Do you love Halo? Do you want to be part of the creation of a new game in the Halo universe? Are you passionate about the tools and infrastructure necessary to make great games? The MGS Halo studio, 343 Industries, is looking for a talented, experienced development lead to help create the next generation of Halo tools and technical infrastructure," one of the listings read. "We are gathering an incredible team to help drive the future of Halo."

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New Halo Legends Episode and Red vs. Blue Christmas Special Announced

by Evan Volmering Dec 23, 2009 2:21 PM CST
filed under news, xbox 360

Part one of Halo Legends: “Origins” will be available exclusively on Halo Waypoint for only 24 hours on Saturday, Jan. 2, while 343 Industries will be releasing an all-new three-part “Red vs. Blue” holiday special on Dec. 24 – Dec. 26.

Halo Legends Episode, “Origins”

In “Origins,” fans of Halo lore will witness Forerunner battles with the Flood, through the present day ending of the“Halo trilogy. The episode will shed light on some of the main events of the Halo universe, which set the stage for the beloved series of Halo games.

“Red vs. Blue” Holiday Special

343 Industries invites you to celebrate the holidays with the galaxy’s dumbest recruits! Visit Halo Waypoint on Dec. 24 – Dec. 26 for an exclusive, all-new three-part “Red vs. Blue” holiday special. “Red vs. Blue” is a video series created by Rooster Teeth Productions, loosely based on the Halo franchise. (more...)

Five Reasons Why Halo: Combat Evolved is the Most Important Game of the Decade

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by James Pikover Dec 20, 2009 2:25 AM CST
filed under editorials, features, microsoft, xbox, xbox 360

What makes the most important game of a decade? Most many units sold? Best critical rating? Most swear words per sentence/nude pixelated women? I think we can take it one step farther. How about most consoles sold?

Individual game don't sell consoles. That's a general rule that you find for game consoles, something PC gamers don't have. If you wanted to play Doom 3, you bought a brand new videocard, and that was final. But if a game comes out on the N64 and you have a PlayStation, screw it, you'll play it at a friend's house.

And then there was Halo.

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Greenberg: “Halo: Reach Will Be The Biggest Game of 2010″

by Tyler Treat Dec 10, 2009 10:04 PM CST
filed under microsoft, news, ps3, sony, xbox 360

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While talking to Gamasutra about the recent NPD Group figures, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg spoke about the next installment in the Halo franchise, Reach. Despite the competition, Greenberg is confident Halo: Reach will be the biggest game of 2010. What competition exactly? Well, there's one title that might give Reach a run for its money, a little game called Gran Turismo 5.

When asked if he was concerned about PS3's Gran Turismo 5 launching alongside Reach, Greenberg laughed, saying, "Is it launching next year? I've seen years and years of minigames, but I haven't seen that the game is done. They just released the PSP version, maybe that's what they've been working on. I feel confident that there's nothing that will compare in size. Halo: Reach will be the biggest game of 2010."

How will Microsoft remain competitive with Sony?  They have a few tricks up their sleeve, but Greenberg commented on three things the company will do. "One, we will continue to offer a better value on hardware pricing. We will continue to remain $100 cheaper than PS3. Two, we will have more games, more blockbuster exclusives, no matter the genre. Three, you add all of the entertainment and social network," he concluded. "That's our focus, to keep adding more and more value. Consumers vote with their dollars, and so far it's been paying off, and we feel confident about next year as well."

[via Gamasutra]

Bungie Hiring For “Next Game Universe”

by Evan Volmering Dec 1, 2009 8:18 PM CST
filed under industry, news

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Well, it was bound to happen at some point.  Bungie is moving on.  From Halo, that is.  They've recently put up a bunch of new job listings, along with this:

"Histories and legends, combat dialog, weapon descriptions, etc. Your words will help define Bungie's next game universe."

Taking Bungie's history in the gaming industry, along with their Halo franchise, it's safe to say Bungie isn't a 'one hit wonder'.  While it's hard to imagine a Bungie game that isn't an FPS, either way we're mighty curious to see what they have in store for the future, and if the recent rumor of them switching to the PlayStation 3 has any truth to it.  Anyways, onto the job listings!

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New Halo Project in the Works?

by Tyler Treat Nov 30, 2009 5:44 PM CST
filed under microsoft, news, rumors, xbox 360

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Fire up the rumor mill again! The guys over at ConnectedConsoles were searching through the Microsoft job listings when they found some that stuck out, Halo-related. It appears that Microsoft Game Studios is working on a new "experience in the Halo universe."  Check out the job listings after the jump.

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Possible Photos of Halo: Reach Leak

by Tyler Treat Nov 5, 2009 3:21 PM CST
filed under news, xbox 360

Update: This "ToM MoReLLo" character did not take those pictures. He merely plastered his name over them after stealing them from someone else(we've yet to find the source). We've found the original unedited pictures, thanks to NeoGaf.

A user by the name of "ToM MoReLLo" claims to have leaked pictures of Halo: Reach. He posted the images, which appear to have been taken with a cell phone camera, on the MLG message board. The pictures, covered with his watermark, show off what might be some of the weapons in the new Halo game. Take a look...

Halo Waypoint Launches

by Tyler Treat Nov 5, 2009 11:55 AM CST
filed under news, xbox 360

waypoint

Halo Waypoint is your new home for all things Halo, and it launched today on Xbox Live. Besides having the latest Halo news, Waypoint will have exclusive full-length episodes of Halo Legends and daily updates, which include developer interviews, trailers and screenshots, exclusive video footage, and community activities.

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