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Halo Series Has Sold 65 Million Copies Worldwide

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Halo has sold 65 million copies since the series began, Microsoft announced. The Halo series is one of Microsoft’s biggest sellers and most valuable IPs, with the sci-fi shooter series first debuted back in 2001 with Halo: Combat Evolved on Xbox. Now, 14 years and 12 games later, the series is set to receive its thirteenth instalment, Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One.

Microsoft confirmed the series had reached 60 million sales back in October 2014. The latest 5 million sales were likely helped by the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which was released last November. Although Microsoft hasn’t released any official sales figures for this edition, it’s likely to be responsible for the latest surge in overall sales.

Microsoft announced the 65 million sales figure at a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego last weekend. The figure was actually announced at a panel concerning Halo Mega Blocks sets (which have sold 35 million units, in case you were wondering).

The early Halo titles were developed by Bungie and were originally intended to be real-time strategy games for the Mac and PC, but was later changed to be a third-person action game. In 2000, Microsoft took over Bungie Studios and Halo: Combat Evolved became a launch title for the then upcoming Xbox console. After working with the Xbox development kit, Bungie completely rewrote the game’s engine and changed it to a first-person shooter.

Halo was actually never meant to be an Xbox flagship title, both due to internal concerns at Microsoft and criticism from the press. But then VP of game publishing, Ed Fries, went ahead with the launch anyway and the game was heavily featured in Xbox marketing.

Bungie later announced it was leaving Microsoft and becoming an independent company. Bungie remained involved in the development of several Halo games, such as Halo: ODST, but the rights to the IP belonged to Microsoft. Microsoft formed 343 Studios to oversee everything relating to the series, but Bungie still remained involved. Frank O’Connor, formerly a Bungie employee, became creative director of 343.

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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount

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There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Helldivers 2 Players Face Overwhelming Hordes of Factory Striders

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In the ongoing conflict against the Automaton invasion fleet, the Helldivers 2 players have successfully halted their advance. However, the situation has now reached a tiresome stalemate. Yet again, the machines refuse to take a break from their relentless pursuit of progress, with reports emerging of the Factory Striders being deployed in record-breaking quantities.

There have been reports of alleged machines that were supposedly encountered during Operation Swift Disassembly, which was just the beginning of a larger campaign. However, these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are unverified and seem to be more on the imaginative side. Factory Striders have gained a reputation as formidable weapons platforms that can produce more Automatons while enduring significant damage. If the machines are able to withstand such a relentless assault, it will be necessary to develop innovative strategies.

Have you come across groups of Factory Striders in Helldivers 2? Which strategies are proving to be the most effective in taking down these armored brutes? The Orbital Railcannon Strike will prove to be a valuable asset in the comments section below.

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Todd Howard affirms that the timeline of the Fallout series is coherent and well-constructed

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The recent release of Amazon’s adaptation of Fallout has ignited a renewed interest in the series and brought attention to the captivating alternate history that forms its foundation. Fans have expressed concern that the TV show’s events might be at odds with the plot of the Obsidian Entertainment video game New Vegas. Warning: Spoilers ahead for New Vegas and Amazon’s show!

Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard and Fallout TV executive producer Jonathan Nolan recently sat down with IGN to discuss the timeline. Howard was taken aback when showrunners Graham Wagner and Geneva Robertson-Dworet presented him with the surprising concept of obliterating Shady Sands, the bustling capital of the New California Republic, in the aftermath of the events in New Vegas. Howard eventually warmed up to the idea: “After discussing it, we realized that this could be a significant story moment that many things hinge upon.”

It seems that they had to make some tough decisions to ensure everything fell into place, but Howard emphasizes the importance of preserving the integrity of the Fallout timeline: “We take great care with the timeline. There seems to be some confusion in certain areas. However, all the events from the previous games, including New Vegas, did occur. We take great caution in that matter. We’re really pushing the limits here, but the explosions occur right after the events of New Vegas.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it up to par? Even though it may not have a significant impact on the overall quality of the games or show, it is comforting to know that those in charge are paying attention. We value your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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