The fans will be able to play the most recent “Halo” gaming video in the midst of Microsoft celebrates its 20th anniversary of this game that made it’s Xbox console into an instant cult.
“Halo Infinite” will be released on Wednesdayhowever, to mark its 20th birthday of the popular sci-fi film, Microsoft and developer 343 Industries have already announced an open-to-play “beta” testing version.
Within an hour of debut on the 15th of November, 100,000 players logged in to play the game simultaneously on the Steam’s online platform Steam as a sample of the excitement that surrounds the sixth installment’s return to the 26th century space-based war.
“The whole Halo group has been eagerly waiting for the release for this gaming game.” explained 28-year old Jenn who is a competitive Halo player who goes under Queen x3 as her gaming alias.
“The beta was very enjoyable and added a lot of excitement prior to the launch.”
The appeal of the game from the perspective of an armed cyber-soldier, she claimed it was in the excitement the task.
“Halo is among the top first-person shooters there . Not many players can grab an Xbox controller for the first time and excel.”
The game is set in a future in which humans have colonized numerous different planets “Halo Combat Evolution” was released in November 2001, as the first game on Microsoft’s new Xbox console.
The game quickly became called”a “killer application” which is the game that drove sales for the Xbox -because Microsoft attempted to turn its own brand into an American competitor against the Japanese giants Nintendo or Sony in the already lucrative market for gaming consoles.
Twenty years more Xbox is still a major player in the video game industry that is now believed to be bigger than the film industry, and market researcher Mordor Intelligence valuing it at $173.7 billion by 2020.
Their Xbox Live platform was a pioneer in transforming online gaming into an internet-based phenomenon users logging in to play with strangers or even friends. It has now more than 100 million monthly players.
The Xbox console is still way from the Japanese massive consoles which are estimated to be 6.7 million sold in 2021 compared with more than 90% of Nintendo Switch units, and 12.8 million PlayStation 5 devices, as per an analysis conducted by Ampere.
However, the latest models of Xbox, Series X and S are among the top-selling ever by Microsoft According to Microsoft.
“It’s not like the game is required to take consoles off shelves, but it certainly will help boost the demand for them,” NPD gaming analyst Mat Piscatella said of the new Halo release.
Red Ring of Death
The game series that is sold out in 91 million unitsit has created an entire media brand which includes films, books comics, and a upcoming TV show starring “The Wire” actor Pablo Schreiber as protagonist Master Chief.
It even gave rise to the term “Halo Killer” which means the game is so good that it can outdo its success.
Joshua “Mash” Mashlan, an experienced coach for Halo E-sports events, recalls its rise as a period when , finally, “you weren’t a nerd for playing Halo”.
“Everybody was keen to be a part of the game,” the 28-year-old told AFP.
He was so thrilled about the launch of beta software of the game last month that he arranged the day off from work to play it. He is enjoying it despite “a number of minor issues”.
“It’s the beginning of a new chapter in an activity we’ve played for the last 20 decades,” the player said.
It’s a nice surprise for a game which was delayed by more than a year due to issues related to the Covid-19 teleworking, but there was also criticism from gamers of the original artwork, viewed as being basic.
Microsoft has announced a variety of initiatives that will mark two decades of Halo along with the Xbox with the creation of a virtual museum to explore crucial moments in the history of the console.
This includes the notorious “red circle of death” incident in 2007, where a flaw caused massive failures to the console, which led to an the ominous red glow on the console. The resultant recall resulted in the cost of Microsoft nearly $1 billion.