Halo Infinite Discs Are Starting to Appear Early

Halo Infinite does not officially launch until December 8, 2021, but physical copies of the game have already started to appear in public.

See below for an example of an actual copy of Halo Infinite, in what appears to be the inside of a chicken coup.

This game has been in development for quite some time and the developers have done a great job of keeping the campaign story relatively under wraps, but that is going to be tough with discs out in the wild ahead of launch.

[Source: Twitter]

Does Halo Infinite Already A Cheating Problem? Console Players Call for Option to Turn Off Cross-Play

Console gamers are calling on Microsoft and developer 343 for an option to turn off cross-play on Halo Infinite as more reports of cheating come to light.

The issues are being documented on the Halo subreddit, as it appears cheating is starting to become a noticeable problem since the free multiplayer beta was launched on November 15, 2021.

Take a look below for an example. This dude is either snorting Adderall or using an aimbot. Maybe both?

I do think that the announcer sounds great in French.

Folks have also been posting on Twitter examples of cheaters, like this fella who “no scopes” like nobody’s business.

It doesn’t help that you can’t report these cheating bastards from within the game, but if you encounter any of them you should definitely report them using the Xbox App via their Gamertag. 343 should look into the reporting function as well, just add that to the list.

Even Dr. Dissrespect is getting in on the act. Now you know shit is starting to get real.

Microsoft and 343 need to fix this, this game is far too good to be dragged into the muck. I’m no developer, but there seem to be some easy solutions to get this rebalanced.

[Source: Reddit, Twitter]

The Best Selling Console This Black Friday Weekend Is the Xbox Series S?

The Xbox Series S has topped all other consoles at this year’s Black Friday shopping extravaganza. The little next-gen console is turning out to be a savvy move from Microsoft. According to the Adobe Digital Economy Index, the Xbox Series S has dominated sales in what is usually the busiest shopping day of the year.

Even though everyone is talking about the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5, which have both been out for over a year, as well as the Nintendo Switch OLED, those consoles have been incredibly difficult to find. The Xbox Series S however, began to show up in decent quantities just before the Thanksgiving Holiday and shoppers began swallowing them up.

Of course, the Series S is at least $100 less than its competitors as well as the Series X, while still able to play next-gen exclusives like Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite, as well as third-party titles like Battlefield 2042 and Call of Duty Vanguard. Pair the tiny console with a Game Pass subscription and you got a very compelling console.

Hell, I picked up one to put in the family room and to act as my travel console, because I cannot help myself.

[Source: Adobe Digital Economy Index]

Kojima Productions To Open a Film, TV, and Music Division in Los Angeles

According to GamesIndustry.biz, walking simulator (KIDDING!) developer Kojima Productions will be dipping its toes into the music, television, and film industries. The new studio will be based in Los Angeles, California.

This will not be some fly-by-night operation as there is some serious leadership put at the helm. The new division will be led by Riley Russell, who has been a Sony mainstay for 28 years in various roles at Playstation including chief legal officer, and VP of business affairs.

It always seemed like Hideo Kojima was destined to be in the film industry as his games have always been grandiose. Even though I’m a believer that games have become a superior medium for storytelling, I’m glad to see that Kojima is realizing a dream of his.

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]

According to Report, EA Rejected Star Wars Battlefront 3 Pitch – Not Confident it Would Meet Goals

According to an insider report, EA has rejected a pitch from DICE for a third installment of Star Wars Battlefront due to high licensing costs.

EA used to have an exclusive deal with Disney to produce Star Wars titles, but that deal has since ended and has been open up to other publishers as well.

All in all, it costs a lot of money to make Star Wars games. And if those games are crap and don’t sell like gangbusters, then you will not recover your investment.

For what it’s worth, DICE does have a least two “story-driven” single-player Star Wars titles in development with EA, one of which may be a sequel to the extremely well executed and fun Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

[Source: Twitter]

Official Playstation 5 Shells May Be in the Works According to Sony Patent

Looks like Sony may have a plan to make the Playstation 5 look less like ass and more elegant by the way of official shells.

Discovered by OPAttackthe official patent is titled “Cover for Electronic Device” and is described as an “ornamental design for a cover for an electronic device.” The patent then has a diagram of the PS5 faceplates for illustrative purposes.

This could explain why Sony threatened companies like CMP Shells if they had their own plan in the works. Or perhaps they realized it was a missed opportunity? I don’t know!

What I do know is that the black shells that I ordered from CMP improve the look of my PS5 1000% and my Xbox Series X is no longer embarrassed to share a media shelf with it.

[Source: OPAttack]

Halo Infinite Co-op and Forge Mode Release Delayed Minimum 3 Months

Halo Infinite‘s Campaign co-op will be delayed to May 2022 and Forge may be delayed even further according to 343 Head of Creative.

In an interview with Eurogamer, 343 Head of Creative, Joseph Staten, has confirmed that with the extension of Halo Infinite Season 1 by 3 months, Forge and Campaign co-op, which was always intended to be launched with Season 2 anyway, will be pushed out as well.

Season 1 was originally planned to span 3 months, but it will now run for 6 months, so it makes sense for everything to push out accordingly. Hard and fast dates however have not been confirmed.


“We can’t commit to any hard dates right now, because as we’re seeing with this multiplayer beta, other things might move up in the priority stack for us. If it turns out that our progression system just isn’t working the way that we intended, if we need to move some of these bigger rocks sooner, then we as a team will make those decisions and will clearly communicate to our fans why we’re why we’re doing certain things.”

Joseph Staten via Eurogamer

At this point, I can’t really fault 343 for taking their time to ensure that everything is top-notch. I have been thoroughly enjoying the multiplayer which is highly polished. If the campaign launches with the same level of quality then we’re in store for a good time. 343 seems to be outputting quality with the additional time so I say let them have it.

[Source: Eurogamer]

The Halo Infinite Xbox Series X Console Has A Hidden Easter Egg

I was able to get my hands on an Xbox Series X at launch last year, but don’t think for a second that I didn’t try to get my hands on the limited edition Halo Infinite Xbox Series X. I was not able to land one, but I suppose I shouldn’t be selfish. I did consider myself fortunate to even have landed a standard Xbox Series X, to begin with, that is until I saw the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X in the wild.

For those that did manage to snag a Halo Infinite Xbox Series X, there is a hidden surprise, provided they own a black light.

The hidden symbol was discovered by Reddit user Demon_King_Lamb. When viewed under UV or black light, a Zeta Halo symbol is revealed.

Microsoft has clearly put a lot of effort into the Xbox Series X, and the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X makes a sexy-looking console, look even sexier. I now want one more than ever.

[Source: Reddit]

Xbox Cloud Gaming Is Now Live on All Xbox Consoles

Starting today, some lucky Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can stream games to their console instead of downloading them. This includes streaming Xbox Series X games to your old and crusty Xbox One. Of course, you can also stream games to your Xbox Series X or S, if you want to take them for a spin before downloading them, saving precious storage space.

Microsoft is slow-rolling this out to users globally with more folks getting access in the coming weeks. To help users differentiate, titles that can be streamed will have a “cloud” icon on the Xbox Store.

Of course, quality will vary depending on your internet connection. Also, if you have a data cap, you may want to be wary.

[Source: Microsoft]

Elder Scrolls VI Will Be an Xbox/PC Exclusive, Which Should Surprise No One

Come on Playstation fans, did you really think Microsoft would let this come out on the PS5?

In an in-depth article on GQ UK covering Phil Spencer’s tenure at Xbox, Spencer essentially puts any and all speculation to rest.


“It’s not about punishing any other platform, like I fundamentally believe all of the platforms can continue to grow… But in order to be on Xbox, I want us to be able to bring the full complete package of what we have. And that would be true when I think about Elder Scrolls VI. That would be true when I think about any of our franchises.”

GQ

Seems pretty definitive to me. I mean, he does not outright say exclusive, so I guess the door is ever so slightly open.

Playstation fans

I wouldn’t put any money on this though.

[Source: GQ UK]