On Monday, Microsoft released a pre recorded presentation to mark the 20th anniversary of the birth of Xbox. As part of the celebration, halo developer 343 industries released a playable beta version of halo infinite multiplayer mode.
Players on Xbox one, Xbox series X | s and windows can download Season 1 arrival hero, which includes all new maps and features planned for full release. In the hero of arrival, players play the role of a new generation of Spartan soldiers, receive training in a special college and join the same elite force as the traditional protagonist of halo, the chief.
Joseph Staten, the creative leader of 343, accompanied by Tom French, the creative director of 343 multiplayer games, and 343 masked employees, briefly took the stage and described the unexpected release as “thank you and celebrate the 20th anniversary”
When writing for the official halo blog, Staten clarified after the broadcast that the arrival of heroes is planned to last until May 2022. This is a planned change. The initial goal of 343 is to release a new season of multiplayer game content every three months. This is to “enable us to complete the development of the second season for our team in a healthy and sustainable way.”
The extension of this season will also include additional content of halo infinite multiplayer game, such as free collection of cosmetics with the theme of the 20th anniversary, which will reward anyone who logs in to infinite in the next three weeks.
The official opening ceremony of “thunder hero” is scheduled to start on November 23, which will give players the opportunity to obtain the warrior themed Spartan armor that attracted the attention of many viewers in the first official trailer.
In the introduction of Xbox anniversary, some people implicitly admit that the story of halo as a franchise is more or less inseparable from the story of Xbox as a platform. From the game montage to the cosplayer at the press conference, halo and its characters have been part of Xbox from the beginning. Most of the game pictures displayed during the demonstration are taken from one or another halo game.
The new documentary “power on: the story of Xbox” will premiere on IMDB TV, youtube, roku and other streaming media networks on December 13. The book plans to tell the story of the original team that created the Xbox, the opposition it encountered from within Microsoft, and the “pure chaos” surrounding the development process.
Other halo news in the program includes a very brief tease of halo TV program on paramount + next year, which is the prequel of the Olympic story. This seconds long video shows a young chief (Pablo Schreiber, orange is the new black) wearing combat armor.
Microsoft also used the anniversary celebration to release a number of surprisingly backward compatible new products. The program was suspended in 2019 to focus on what eventually became the Xbox series X | s. The program uses customized simulation software packages so that old games can be played on the CD of the current generation system. Games that enter the backward compatibility list can also be purchased digitally through the Microsoft Store.
This last batch of games includes some real classics and some choices from nowhere (oneechanbara: bikini warriors?!). The complete list is published through the website of major Hryb, Microsoft programming director Larry Nelson. Although there are still some obvious omissions (fatal frame, lollipop chain saw), there are still many vague resurrection.
Notable games on the list include:
The complete Max Payne series, a self-conscious action / black mix and match, is developed by remedy from Finland, who will continue to produce Alan Wake, quantum break and control
F. E.a.r., action / horror first person shooter of boulder production company in Cochran, Washington, and all sequels
The 2011 mortal snapshot relaunched the series, as well as the ridiculed mortal snapshot vs. DC Universe, which allows you to perform a fatal blow on Batman
The first four games in the life and death series mean that the whole game series can now be played on an Xbox, which may be the first time
Sega’s seriously underestimated binary domain and the almost forgotten gunvalkyrie
Time bending first person shooter time fragment 2 and future perfection
Some newly released games will benefit from the FPS enhancement feature on the Xbox series X | s, which allows them to run at 60 FPS. This includes f.e.a.r., binary domain and Nier. Several other games already on the list, including war gear, dead space 2, Alan wick and dust settled: New Vegas, have also been updated to benefit from the FPS upgrade.
Peggy lo, the project leader, wrote on Xbox wire that the decline on November 15 was described as the “latest and last increase” of backward compatible programs. This does not necessarily mean that it is the last part of the whole project; Lo went on to write: “we are happy to explore new ways to preserve our history and bring the directory of thousands of games in the Xbox ecosystem to more players.” I think this will continue.
The overall non halo information in this presentation is consistent with Xbox’s current annual mission statement. “Games are about people,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “That’s it. Games are all about real people coming together to create experiences and relationships.”
Sarah bond, head of Xbox creator experience, said: “we continue to invest to make the game easier to make.”. “We work with creators to ensure the performance of different characters and enable anyone to play any game anywhere.”