It is a good time to be a Halo fan. The Master Chief Collection is heading to Xbox One next month and Microsoft is launching the hype machine with today's announcements.
The 65GB Halo: Master Chief Collection hits store shelves on November 11, a release that it shares with the first episode of Halo: Nightfall, a live-action series overseen by executive producer Ridley Scott and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (best known for his work directing several episodes of the Battlestar Galactica miniseries). Nightfall is intended to connect Halo 4 with Halo 5: Guardians as well as introduce Agent Locke, a secondary playable character who will appear in Guardians.
On top of slick, new Nightfall footage, Microsoft announced HaloFest, an event celebrating all things Halo. It will be held on November 10 in Los Angeles. If you are the world's biggest Halo fan and can't make it, don't fret, you can tune into a livestream of the event. HaloFest will include an early look at a beta build of Halo 5: Guardians, the premier of Halo: Nightfall, and interviews with members of 343 Industries' development team. On November 8-9, Microsoft will also be hosting a Halo tournament where 32 pro-gamers will compete in Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer for $50,000 in prizes. You'll be able to watch a livestream of that tournament, too!