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343 Industries Working At Multiple Projects On Once

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Many may not remember this, but in a major interview 343 Industries had stated that they were working on more than one project at once. This opens up the doors for the Halo franchise, not only to continue its trilogy started with Halo 4 (as promised to fans by 343i) but also to create other, new projects.

One of these projects is Cortana for the Xbox ONE Kinect, Windows Phone 8, and other devices that use voice commands. Players will get to speak with Cortana and have her speak back. It is unknown exactly how much 343i has their hands in this, but it’s safe to say that they are certainly overlooking the project to some degree at least.

Halo for Xbox ONE is tossed between the names “Halo”, “Halo 5”, and “Halo on Xbox ONE” so often it almost seems as if Microsoft isn’t sure which game they want to market first. It is likely that 343 Industries has most of the development focused on one project at this time, whichever is meant to release next – but is also working on the early planning stages for their other titles. These projects could be Halo 6, Halo 7, spinoffs, remakes, who knows – it is really unclear at this time.

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Right now the most highly likely situation is that 343i is in fact creating a Halo 2: Anniversary Edition Remake as we previously reported in our rumor section – in order to release as soon as possible and warm the crowd for Halo 5 which is most likely the main development project for the company right now.

However, there is another possibility being discussed by investors and gamers which is that Halo 1’s multiplayer was never correctly remade in full – instead it was pasted on top of Halo: Reach gameplay. There is a remote possibility that 343i could remake the Halo 1 multiplayer and release it alongside the single player remake with Halo 2: Anniversary Edition all in one package for Xbox ONE.

This would mean that players could play both titles on the X1 to see the storyline roots of the series, then be encouraged to buy Halo 5 when it comes out to see the full experience 343i and Microsoft will offer at that time on the Xbox ONE hardware. Even more remotely plausible are the possibilities of 343i considering a Halo 3 remake and Halo 4 port to Xbox ONE some time in the distant future, or that they may be working on Xbox 360 software as well still. Time will remain to tell the story, however we can say for sure that 343i has something up their sleeve for Xbox gamers coming soon.

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Halo: Spartan Assault Hits Xbox 360 Tomorrow; Discounted Price For W8 and WP8 Gamers

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If you already own Halo: Spartan Assault (our review here) on Windows Phone 8 then you will be able to grab the game again for Xbox 360 at a discounted price for a limited time ($4.99 instead of the full $14.99). This announcement comes as the January month launch window closes. The game will be available tomorrow on January 31, 2014 – true to the “end of January” word given previously. The game also features online co-op requiring Xbox Live GOLD in order to play.

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Cortana Actress Will Play AI To Rival iPhone’s Siri For Xbox ONE And Windows Phone 8

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As we previously reported, Siri is facing competition from Cortana of Halo / Xbox fame soon. This all began as a strong rumor, but major mainstream media outlets and Microsoft are digging those up again and pointing this more towards a hard-coded fact. New reports see the voice taking over as Microsoft’s voice control AI some time in the year 2015 for Windows Phone 8, Xbox ONE, and other devices under the MS flag. The voice actress who played as Cortana will be voicing the role for the AI as well with a beta expected to launch some time in April 2014 if reports are indeed solid.

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[Some Data Sourced: Gamespot]

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Halo: Spartan Assault – Forza Motorsport 5 Livery Trailer [HD]

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The Forza Motorsport 5 Livery Trailer of Halo: Spartan Assault.

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343 Industries Teases Unknown “Projects”; Are They Helping Develop Cortana?

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343 Industries took to their Halo Waypoint blog recently to let the world know that they are facing “both exciting and daunting” work on not only Halo for Xbox ONE and the Halo TV Show being directed by Steven Spielberg but also more unknown “projects” which have yet to be announced in nature. They also congratulated the commemoration of Halo 4 which occurred between the sheets for some of the crew at 343. Could this new tease have something to do with the rumor that Cortana will be the voice of the Xbox ONE and Windows Phone 8 to compete with iPhone’s Siri? Only time will tell. Check out some hilarious and insightful talk from 343 below.

“Last month, Halo 4 turned nine months old. I know this because our studio recently experienced a sizeable baby boom. While I celebrated the launch of the game by hitting the virtual battlefields, several coworkers marked the occasion in a different, yet equally exciting way. Whether we’re talking about my merrymaking or theirs, it’s safe to say numerous bases were penetrated. And successfully, at that.

Game development is a curious thing. You start with an idea, frolic in a dream pasture where anything is possible, adjust accordingly until you’re back in reality, and then work your ass off building, developing and polishing what you hope will eventually become an enjoyable experience. Seeing Halo 4 transform from a small stake in the ground, into what we shipped, and into what it is now has been a fascinating and valuable learning experience, both for me personally, and the studio as a whole.”

Head to the 343 Industries Halo Waypoint posts for info on the upcoming Halo 4 update.

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Halo: Spartan Assault Operation Hydra Details and Screenshots Released; Demo Incoming

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Halo: Spartan Assault (read our full Review Here) was released recently for Windows Phone 8 / Tablet as well as the Windows 8 PC platform by Microsoft Game Studios and will be getting its own free expansion in the form of the Operation Hydra update tomorrow August 29, 2013. In addition to adding 5 missions to the game you’ll also be able to earn new achievements, use an Xbox 360 controller to play the game. There will be a free demo released August 30, 2013 as well for those of you who haven’t had a chance to try the game out. Vanguard Games is the developer that created this mobile edition of the game and you can find a collection of screenshots for the new Operation Hydra below.

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Gamescom 2013: Microsoft Xbox 2013 Press Conference [Full HD Video Replay]

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In case you missed it, here’s the Xbox Press Conference which took place in Germany at the Gamescom 2013 event presented to you by RealGamerNewz and our partners, in High Definition. Give us your thoughts about the event in the comments section… if you dare expose your beliefs in this crazy internet machine!

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Halo: Spartan Assault Review

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When Vanguard Games and Microsoft first announced a Halo game for your tablet / phone I was in between on my opinion. I really wanted to play Halo on my phone but was worried it might be a cash in at the same time. After playing some good hours in it I can finally have a true idea of what I like and dislike about this title.

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Soundtrack, Audio, Voice: The soundtrack featured is very similar to that in most Halo games. I was surprised to hear some new scores for this game so it was a added surprise bonus for me. Audio is nearly perfect as the game coming from my phone feels as if it is on my television or computer in terms of quality. Voice acting is sparse due to the fact the game is all about the combat which is completely fine with me.

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Graphics, Physics, Glitches, Engine Performance: The graphics are by far some of the best I have seen in the mobile market and still look visually impressive on your PC. Glitches are rare as it seems to very well polished, but I have only one complaint about some parts were you try to get into a vehicle but you get ran over instead even if it’s not moving. Physics are what you would expect from a top down third person shooter of simple features. The engine they used to design the game is perfect for Windows 8 as it one of the best running games I have played in any form mobile gaming.

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Controls: The controls featured on your phone or tablet are really good but some slight complaints. Certain vehicles are hard to control but still manageable at times. Running and gunning is simple and using grenades and armor abilities are very easy to understand even without a mouse and keyboard. I would not say it’s hard to control as it very well polished but some small things that could be fixed with a update.

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Gameplay: The whole idea is simple depending on missions, either just simply wiping waves of Elites, Brutes, and Grunts. Maybe even helping snipers get into position. But the same idea of making sure you aim shoot and kill is all there is to know. It is similar to Gun Bros which if you want idea go download it now, it’s free. But at the same time it has that Halo twist making it much harder than Gun Bros. Before each mission you have load outs which will give you standard weapons. Some weapons can me purchased with XP others with credits. But you can only get credits by using real money. Luckily if you beat Halo 4 you get a good amount of redeems for the weapons you have to buy. The skulls available increase the difficulty but help you earn more XP. I find the top down third person shooter aspect a great fit for Halo from a game play standpoint.

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Story: Spartan Assault’s story takes place sometime between Halo 3 and Halo 4. You must play as Sarah Palmer and Spartan Davis and you must fend of a invasion. The whole game is really a simulation of those events. But non the less the story is not really deep but as we all know that is not the point. It is simply expanding the Haloverse to a different type of style and market.

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Replay Ability: Very High

Final Verdict: The premise to bring forward a new way to play Halo is a cool idea. Luckily it payed off. Halo: Spartan Assault is already a instant hit on Windows 8. I find the game very fun to play for hardcore time or in your spare time. I found very little wrong with this title and call it one of the best things to happen to Halo yet. I award Halo: Spartan Assault a 9.75 out of 10. See you on the virtual battlefield.

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Overall Score: 9.75/10

RGN Rating: Platinum Game

Developer: Vanguard Games / Microsoft Game Studios

Publisher: Microsoft 

Available On: Windows 8 PC, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 Tablets

Played On: Windows Phone 8

Review Copy Info- A digital copy of the game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this review.

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Xbox 720: Horsepower Not Necessary, Originality King Next Gen

In this weekly installment of the RealGamerNewz Podcast we get together to discuss all things Microsoft as the heavily talked about Xbox 720 reveal approaches (or so we hope). New developments such as the specs of the Xbox 720’s RAM and architecture as well as its functionality for mobile devices and media services. Take a listen and feel free to chime in with your own two cents in the comment section:
  • Windows Phone 8 Works with Xbox 720
  • Xbox 720 New ESRAM 32MB Optimized to Eliminate Lag and Screen Tearing
  • Raw Horsepower May Not Be Necessary, Originality Will Be King Next Gen
  • Dream features we want in Xbox Live Next Gen
  • Xbox 720 Will Compete With Your TV Show Provider
  • Modern Warfare 4 Probably Won’t Have a New Prestige System
  • Early Info and Possibilities for Halo 5 and Halo 2 HD Remake
  • The Future of Gears of War

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