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After years of development hell, a live-action Halo is moving forward, as Showtime’s series continues chugging along. According to The Hollywood Reporter, American Gods’ Pablo Schreiber has signed on to play Master Chief for Showtime’s Halo. Given the unnatural physique of Spartans, this casting makes sense, with Schreiber clocking in at 6’5″. Schreiber’s UNSC spartan super soldier is joined by original character Quan Ah (portrayed by Yerin Ha), a girl from the Outer Colonies that crosses paths with Chief, changing both of their lives.
While no release date is currently set, the series is set to start filming in Budapest, Hungary, later this year.
Microsoft revealed during last night’s Inside Xbox stream that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is making its long-awaited appearance on PC. In addition, the series will include Halo: Reach for the first time, as well. The last mainline Halo game to be released on PC was Halo 2 in 2007, so this is certainly a long time coming for fans.
Interestingly, fans who purchase the collection will receive each game one at a time, beginning with the release of Halo: Reach, then following their numerical release after that. This is to help keep development times down so fans can enjoy the games as quickly as possible for release, with each title running at 4K and 60fps.
Microsoft has revealed a first look at their upcoming Halo: Outpost Discovery event that will be making the rounds at five different locations across the country. The touring fan experience will offer players the chance to “step into Halo’s beloved science fiction setting like never before, with immersive themed attractions, interactive in-universe encounters, the latest playable game releases, and so much more.”
Attractions will include The Halo Ring Experience, where fans can interact with a real-life Warthog, take part in epic laser tag battles, and experience the latest in simulation and VR technologies, as well as hundreds of game stations featuring the Halo video game series, themed panels featuring the creators of the game, special guests and workshops.
Showtime has announced that it has greenlit a 10-episode series-order of the live-action adaptation of Halo, based on the award-winning and fan-favorite Xbox franchise. Kyle Killen (Awake) will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer, with Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) set to direct multiple episodes as well as executive produce the series.
Fans have been anxiously awaiting an adaptation of Halo since early rumors of Microsoft parading scripts with actors dressed as Master Chief into boardrooms began circulating years ago. Halo is being produced by Showtime in association with Microsoft and 343 Industries, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, with production set to begin in 2019.
Microsoft elected to bring out some big guns, showing 50 games at this year’s E3 conference, but also dropping several new titles into the Xbox Game Pass, and showing their newfound commitment to exclusive titles. Microsoft has acquired Playground Games, Compulsion Games, Undead Labs, and even Ninja Theory, all in an attempt to bolster their firepower in the future.
Essentially every franchise Microsoft has was showed off here, with Halo, Gears of War, Forza, and Crackdown all getting time to shine. Hit the jump to check out what Microsoft showed off this year.
Konami has decided to share the love of Super Bomberman R with the rest of the platforms outside of the Nintendo Switch, as the game has been announced for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Best of all? Each platform will have exclusive Bombers available for each.
Master Chief Bomber will be available on the Xbox, Ratchet & Clank Bomber will be available on PlayStation, and P-Body Bomber (Portal 2) will be available on Steam. Super Bomberman R launches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 12th, 2018 in the Americas and June 14 globally, and on PC via Steam on June 13 priced at $39.99. Hit the jump for a full look at the new characters, and additional content.
Microsoft has announced that players who don’t care to grab the Master Chief Collection on Xbox One now have a more classic option as Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4 are all now backwards compatible.
If you own the game discs for any of the original titles, just pop it in, and enjoy the game with free HD upgrades, as well as all of its original DLC included at no extra cost.
In March of this year, Microsoft revealed a new service for Xbox players that would allow them to pay $9.99/€9.99/£7.99 each month to receive access to a library of over 100 OnDemand games at any given time. Service for the Xbox Game Pass will begin on June 1st, but Microsoft is giving players the option to try out the service with a 14-day free trial.
With Xbox Game Pass, players can download as many games on the service as they like, and play them for as long as they like, or until the game is removed from the library. If you enjoy the title you are playing, you can buy it for 20% off and receive 10% off of its DLC, as well.