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Watching the Halo Channel unlocks in-game rewards in Halo 5, The Master Chief Collection

Microsoft's recently announced Halo Channel, a destination for fans to soak up everything and anything Halo-related, has one key hook that might get you to watch its programming: Interacting with shows like the Ridley Scott-produced Halo: Nightfall will unlock in-game rewards in Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. 343 Industries executive producer Kiki Wolfkill said at Gamescom this week that the Halo Channel is designed to focus on interactivity with shows like Halo: Nightfall and other upcoming programming. "When you get to the end of a show it will show you all the things you've unlocked and experienced," Wolfkill said, "and another key part of that is rewarding you for the things you've done in the channel and ecosystem. So, Halo: Nightfall for instance will...

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Halo 5: Guardians beta begins Dec. 29

The Halo 5: Guardians beta will kick off Dec. 29 and run for three weeks, developer 343 Industries announced today during Microsoft's Gamescom 2014 press briefing. Four-on-four arena combat is the focus of the beta, with all players starting with the same loadout. Seven maps, three modes and 11 weapons, along with a few armor sets for customization, will be available to try. By playing the beta, people will be able to unlock content that will carry over into the full game. According to 343, the beta will run at 60 frames per second and will use dedicated servers. Players will be able to provide beta feedback through the Halo Channel, an interactive network that will be available Nov. 11 on Xbox One and Windows 8.1 devices. "Having a beta this early this early in development is crucial...

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Watch the entire Halo: Nightfall panel from Comic-Con

If you didn't make the journey to San Diego for Comic-Con International this week, but deeply care about the fiction of Halo, you can still catch everything Halo: Nightfall-related from the con. Panelists at the Halo: Nightfall panel included 343 Industries executive producer Kiki Wolfkill, franchise development director Frank O'Connor, Scott Free Productions president David Zucker and two of the stars of Halo: Nightfall, Mike Colter and Christina Chong. With the assistance of moderator Geoff Keighley, they dive into the background of Nightfall and its ties to Xbox One game Halo 5: Guardians. During the panel, 343 Industries unveiled the first footage of Halo: Nightfall, which you can watch here.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection will keep the games' original multiplayer glitches

Halo: The Master Chief Collection's makers want to remain faithful to the way the four included games — Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 — played, so they're planning to retain whatever glitches may have appeared in the original multiplayer components of those titles, co-developer 343 Industries said during a panel today at Comic-Con International 2014. "Bluntly, that was a difficult conversation internally, in the first place, because for every person irritated [by a glitch] there are five who love that stuff," O'Connor said. "So education will have to be some of that process." O'Connor was responding to a fan who coyly asked if any infinite ammunition glitches in the original games' multiplayer would be fixed for the re-releases. "Would that be the rocket infinite...

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Watch the first footage of Halo: Nightfall

343 Industries revealed first footage of Halo: Nightfall, the Ridley Scott-produced live action series coming to Xbox this November, at San Diego Comic-Con today. If you weren't present at the panel, it's now available for everyone to watch. Halo: Nightfall tells the origin story of Jameson Locke, a "a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence." Locke is also the playable co-star of next year's Halo 5: Guardians and will be played by actor Mike Colter. The live action series is set between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5. For more on Nightfall, read our recap of the Halo: Nightfall Comic-Con panel.

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Halo: Nightfall's Agent Locke is playable in Halo 5, and other details from Comic-Con

Halo: Nightfall, the live-action series that will serve as a prologue to Halo 5: Guardians, will be set on a broken fragment of a halo ring and tell the origin story of Agent Jameson Locke, who will be portrayed by actor Mike Colter. At a Halo: Nightfall panel at San Diego Comic-Con today, 343 Industries' Kiki Wolfkill and Frank O'Connor were joined by executive producer David Zucker and actors Mike Colter and Christina Chong to show first footage from the show and reveal more details about its setting. "Setting it on a halo is a pretty big statement about the scale of this project," O'Connor said. "This is a partially functioning fragment of the halo ring and its nature and functionality play a role in the fiction." Given that it's set on a damaged halo artifact (with a functioning...

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Your first look at Agent Locke in Ridley Scott's Halo: Nightfall

The first image from the upcoming Ridley Scott-produced Halo: Nightfall was released this week, introducing the new Spartan Agent Locke. The picture, which was leaked in an accidental post by Variety that has since been taken down, features actor Mike Colter, whose previous work includes roles in The Good Wife and The Following. Colter was previously confirmed as part of the cast; however, while initially the actor was believed to be playing a character called Marlow, sources confirm he's in fact set to play the new Spartan assigned a role in Halo 5: Guardians. Locke will play "a key role in Halo 5: Guardians," general manager and 343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross said during a Halo-themed meeting at E3 2014. "We're using Halo Nightfall to basically tell his backstory and tell...

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Halo 5: Guardians trailer, E3 2014

Halo 5: Guardians hits Xbox One next year, but the game still got a showing at E3 this year. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.

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Halo 5's secret Spartan is Agent Locke, and his story will be revealed in Halo Nightfall

Halo 5: Guardians' mystery Spartan is Agent Locke, and the solider's story will be told in producer Ridley Scott's episodic series Halo Nightfall. When Microsoft released the first image of Halo 5: Guardians (above), the Spartan with a blue visor appeared as if reflected above Master Chief. Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the four-game bundle of numbered Halo games, will include access to Halo Nightfall. Locke will play "a key role in Halo 5: Guardians," general manager and 343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross said. "We're using Halo Nightfall to basically tell his backstory and tell his origin story," Ross said during a Halo-themed meeting at E3 2014. "You don't have to watch this, but knowing this will kind of tee you up for all the new things that are going on in H...

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