Showtime’s Halo Finds its Master Chief

After years of development hell, a live-action Halo is moving forward, as Showtime’s series continues chugging along. According to The Hollywood ReporterAmerican 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.  

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Nintendo Nindies 2019 Spring Showcase

Nintendo has just finished a blockbuster Nindies 2019 Showcase and with it came a ton of reveals. Cuphead is releasing on the Nintendo Switch with help from Microsoft. Cadence of Hyrule is an indie Legend of Zelda game, and tons of new releases from well-known indie studios dominate, including the newest title from DoubleFine, Rad.

Check out the video above for the full showcase with loads of reveals and surprises from Nintendo.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Headed to PC

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.

Halo: Outpost Discovery Revealed For Five Dates Across Country

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.

Event details, ticket information and more are available now at HaloOutpostDiscovery.com.

Xbox Live Headed to Nintendo Switch

The GDC 2019 scheduling website has revealed that Xbox Live is coming to Nintendo Switch and smartphones using a new development platform, that will be revealed by Microsoft in a talk titled “Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across Platforms.”

Here’s Microsoft’s description of the talk:

Xbox Live is one of the largest, most engaged gaming communities on the planet with decades of experience providing managed game services to developers that save you time and unlock all of the social and engagement features that players love.

Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B devices with the release of our new cross-platform SDK.

Get a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs.

Takeaway

  • Xbox Live players are highly engaged and active on Xbox and PC, but now they can take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to almost every screen.
  • This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun.


Sonic Mania Adventures Holiday Special Released

SEGA has decided to give us a small Christmas gift a little early, with Sonic Mania Adventures Part 6, the Holiday Special, starring Amy Rose. The episode follows Amy, who finds Metal Sonic down on his luck during the Christmas season and tries to help him win back the affection of Doctor Eggman. Or so she thinks.

Sonic Mania Plus is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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The Outer Worlds Revealed from Obsidian

The Game Awards gave us plenty of announcements, with one of the cooler surprises being the reveal of The Outer Worlds from Obsidian Games, the original creators of the Fallout franchise. The game is an FPS with RPG elements similar to past projects, though the new setting seems to be a dystopian space epic.

Published by Private Division, a new label from Take-Two Interactive, The Outer Worlds will release on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, despite Microsoft’s purchase earlier this year, as the company has agreed to honor Obsidian’s original contracts.

Below Gets a Release Date for Xbox One

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Since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One, one of its most consistently anticipated games has been the indie title, Below, from Capy Games. Now, after years of waiting for Capy to finish their perfect game, we now have a release date, and it’s much sooner than anyone could have anticipated.

Below will launch on the Xbox One and Steam on December 14th, 2018. You can hit the jump to check out a trailer for more info on Below.

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Phoenix Wright Trilogy Headed to Consoles

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Capcom has announced that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, the HD remaster collection recently released for the 3DS, is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in Japan this February. Additionally, a Steam release for the PC is in the works, as well, but will hit at a later date.

No word on a North American release, but Phoenix Wright has traditionally done well here, so expect to hear news of a release, soon. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy releases in Japan on February 21st, 2019.

Super Bomberman R Update Revealed

Konami has revealed the latest update for Super Bomberman R, with new characters, stages, game rules, accessories, and more. On top of a new Castlevania stage, and “Civilians” Grand Prix mode, every version of the game will receive Alucard Bomber from Castlevania, Caesar Bomber from Star Soldier, Mimi Bomber and Nyami Bomber from Pop’n Music, and Upa Bomber from Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa. 

Additionally, all of the new platforms have access to exclusive characters with PlayStation 4 featuring Pipo Monkey Bomber from Ape Escape and Toro Bomber from Doko Demo Issyo, the Xbox One has Arbiter Bomber and Grunt Bomber from Halo, and the PC has Atlas Bomber from Portal.

Super Bomberman R is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Alan Wake Series in The Works

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Variety is reporting that writer Peter Calloway (Legion) will helm an adaptation of Remedy’s 2010 Microsoft exclusive, Alan Wake, with backing from the game studio, Contradiction Films, and Alan Wake writer Sam Lake. The original game follows the titular character, a novelist, caught in the supernatural happenings of a mysterious town named Bright Falls.

“The story of the original game is our starting point, the seed which will grow into the bigger story we’re exploring in the show. We’ll be expanding the lore of this crazy and dark universe and diving deeper into certain aspects of it than the game ever did.

Not only that, but through the years we’ve worked on multiple game concepts and stories for Alan Wake’s world that have never seen the light of day. All of this material will function as potential source material for the show.”

Capcom Announces Remaster of First Onimusha

Capcom has announced Onimusha: Warlords, an HD remaster of the first Onimusha game, originally released on the PlayStation 2. The new update will include “updated features including high-definition graphics, widescreen display option, analog stick support, a readily available Easy Mode option, and new soundtrack.”

Onimusha: Warlords will release on January 15th, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch, and will cost $19.99.

Microsoft Introduces Xbox All Access

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Microsoft has announced a new monthly service called Xbox All Access. The new service will allow qualifying customers to set up a 2-year monthly plan to have access to an Xbox One S or Xbox One X, 2 Years of Xbox Live Gold, and 2 Years of Xbox Game Pass. The breakdowns for the plans are below:

  • $22 Per Month for 24 Months – Xbox One S, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass
  • $35 Per Month for 24 Months – Xbox One X, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game

Signups for the service are not currently open, but expect more news from the tech giant, soon.

My Hero Academia: One’s Justice Launching October 26th

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Bandai Namco have announced that My Hero Academia: One’s Justice will launch later this year, on October 26th in North America for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Additionally, players who pre-order the game will have access to play as the #2 hero, Endeavor.

My Hero Academia is on a roll as quite the successor to the crowns of fan-favorites Naruto and Bleach, becoming a cultural phenomenon we haven’t seen in several years. Hopefully the first official video game for the series does it justice. Get it?!

Showtime Announces Halo Series

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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.