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Frank O’Connor Claims Halo 5 Online will be Nothing like The Master Chief Collection

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In an interview Frank O’Connor breaks down the reasons why Halo 5 will function better online than The Master Chief Collection has.

If you’re a serious Halo fan than the original announcement of The Master Chief Collection probably had you screaming from the rafters. Halo CE through Halo 4 with the Halo 2 Anniversary Edition all on one disc was hard not to be excited for. Especially when maps and playlists from the multiplayer from all four games were arriving with that package. It was meant to to be the ultimate Halo experience giving fans the complete package and the must have game of the Xbox One.

After it launched fans realized instantly that The Master Chief Collection wasn’t living up to the hype. At launch the collection’s multiplayer was unplayable and the campaigns were riddled with bugs. All together it was clear that 343 and Microsoft had launched a broken game that they’ve spent six months attempting to fix. Now with The Master Chief Collection closer to what it should be, focus is shifting to Halo 5 and its upcoming launch. Before then 343 needs to regain consumers trust in the Halo franchise.

Development Director for the Halo franchise Frank O’Connor stepped up to the mic with Xbox Achievements this week to talk about the future. Surprisingly he started out the interview apologizing for the disastrous launch of the MCC; saying it was a “black eye” for the studio. O’Connor also gave players insight into what went wrong: ” the nature of The Master Chief Collection – you’ve got five different game engines, you’ve got five different studios working on it, you’ve got 343 working on putting it all together – the footprint and complexity was outrageous.”

That doesn’t make up for the problems players had with the MCC but O’Connor and 343 are promising a brighter future with Halo 5: Guardians. He feels confident that the latest title in the franchise will go off without a hitch returning fans confidence. The reason for all that confidence is that Halo 5 is being specifically designed for the Xbox One instead of four games from two different console generations. O’Connor explained it best when he said “[Halo 5] was built from the ground up for this new technology, rather than being sort of dragged kicking and screaming from 2001 and forced and shoehorned into a 2014 console.”

343 are also getting a confidence boost from last years Halo 5 beta that was open to everyone who purchased the MCC. That beta gave the 343 development team a chance to see how the game played out in the wild that the MCC never did. Josh Holmes and other 343 members have also made it clear how many changes are being made to Halo 5 based on the beta.  Now fans will have to wait till October 27th to see if all those changes and lumps the studio took from the MCC make Halo 5: Guardians a stronger experience.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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