Microsoft has responded to a new rumor that claims upcoming Xbox One shooter Halo 5: Guardians will launch on November 10, 2015. It's not true, Microsoft told GameSpot this afternoon.
"The recent rumors regarding the release date of Halo 5: Guardians are false," a Microsoft representative said.
The rumor stems from 343 Industries new hire Mike Cavanaugh. He posted a picture (at exactly 3:43 PM) of himself at the studio standing under a countdown clock displaying "382." If this figure represents days, and we count forward 382 days, that gives us November 10, 2015.
I’m extremely happy and humbled to join the the 343 Industries team to work on @Halo 5: Guardians! pic.twitter.com/BI7csQK9hR — Michael Cavanaugh (@mcstrongside) October 23, 2014
I’m extremely happy and humbled to join the the 343 Industries team to work on @Halo 5: Guardians! pic.twitter.com/BI7csQK9hR
We know Halo 5 is coming in fall 2015, and November 10 is a Tuesday--the day games are typically released in North America. On top of that, Halo games have a history of launching in early November. With the exception of Halo 3, all numbered entries in the franchise were released within the first two weeks of November. This pattern holds true for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which launches on November 11.
The true meaning of the 343 Industries countdown clock remains a mystery.
A beta for Halo 5, which runs at 1080p/60fps, will begin in late December for people who buy The Master Chief Collection. Regarding the game's story, while series protagonist Master Chief is at the heart of the narrative, another character--newcomer Agent Locke (a man you'll meet in Halo: Nightfall)--is also a primary character in the game.
For more on Halo 5, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.
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Update: Tickets are available now.
Original Story: Tickets for Sony's upcoming PlayStation Experience event will go on sale later this week, the company announced today.
You'll be able to buy tickets from The Venetian's website beginning this Friday, October 24. One-day passes will cost $50, while two-day passes will run you $90.
The ticket itself is not what will get you into the exhibit hall; once you've gotten your hands on one, you'll need to take the ticket and a government-issued photo ID to a Venetian/Palazzo box office between December 4 and December 7 to receive a wristband. Alternatively, you can pick up your wristband (using your ticket and ID) outside the Sands Expo Hall C on December 6 or December 7.
Sony announced PlayStation Experience earlier this month as a "massive" two-day community event in Las Vegas. Taking place December 6-7, Sony says it will be an "unprecedented" event that offers attendees the chance to play unreleased games and attend panels and keynotes featuring members of the games industry. On a recent podcast, Sony's Scott Rohde teased, "This is an event for the fans, and I am so incredibly geeked about it. We're gonna show you a bunch of stuff that maybe we shouldn't show you yet."
Although you won't be able to try games or get your hands on the free swag that will be available at the show without attending, you will be able to take in at least some of the event from home. Sony plans to offer live video from the event, though it hasn't provided specifics as of yet.
The same goes for exactly what games, publishers, and panels will be at the show--you'll have to buy tickets knowing very little about what you're getting into. Sony hasn't indicated how many tickets will be available, but it did say that those hoping to sit for the opening keynote address will need to be among the first 5,500 to enter the building. Seating will be first-come, first-served.
Xbox One's November update will bring with it the ability to use custom backgrounds on the system. If you're fortunate enough to be in the preview program for system updates, you can begin doing so now by following the instructions below.
For those with the November update installed, pictures can now be assigned as backgrounds through the media player app introduced in the September update (which launched in August, just to keep you on your toes). To get a picture there in the first place, you'll need to load a JPG or PNG file onto a USB drive and connect it to the system, or connect to a computer hosting such a file through DLNA.
The step-by-step instructions, courtesy of Microsoft:
Microsoft has also provided a convenient PSD file (direct download link) for those who want to create their own backgrounds built around the positions of buttons on the home screen.
In addition to custom background support, the November update introduces new ways to share information on your profile, support for tweeting links to game clips, and an improved TV-watching experience.
Right on schedule, Polish developer CD Projekt Red today released the intro cinematic for next year's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It's brutal (there's horse decapitation and a bird that mangles someone's face) and quite impressive. Check out the full video above.
Here is how CD Projekt Red sets up the video, which it calls "The Trail":
"Foreshadowing the story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, 'The Trail' opening cinematic is an epic sneak peek into the adventure that awaits gamers in Wild Hunt. See witchers Geralt of Rivia and his mentor Vesemir pursue Geralt's long lost love, the immensely powerful, raven-black-haired sorceress-- Yennefer of Vengerberg."
Wild Hunt launches February 24, 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more, check out .
The brand-new MLG.tv Columbus Arena opens tonight with the Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Season 3 Playoffs, a tournament with a massive $75,000 prize pool. The three-day event runs through Sunday, October 26, and you can watch it all through MLG.tv.
Eight of the world's best Call of Duty teams will compete in front of a live audience (the event is sold out) for a shot at the $30,000 first-place prize. You can watch every match live through MLG.tv, the MLG apps for iOS and Android, as well as through Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
The following teams are participating in the Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Seasons 3:
Play-by-play commentary will be provided by commentators such as Puckett, Fwiz, Benson, and Maven. This event is also significant in that it represents the first-ever tournament to be played at the MLG.tv Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The 14,000 square foot arena is described as "state of the art," and it is the first permanent eSports venue in the United States.
Below is the schedule for this weekend's Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Season 3 Playoffs. All times are Eastern and subject to change based on the length of matches.
Friday, October 24
Saturday, October 25
Sunday, October 26