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Microsoft’s Halo Summer Celebration: Backwards compatibility, Xbox One X support and more

Microsoft today announced a number of Halo-themed news as part of its Halo Summer Celebration event.

First, Xbox 360 titles Halo 3, Halo 3: ODSTHalo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary will soon be backwards compatible on Xbox One, offering LAN and multiplayer options.

“Additionally, every Xbox 360 Halo add-on map pack in the Xbox Store will be made available for free, ensuring you have everything you need to achieve maximum enjoyment in online matchmaking or custom games,” Microsoft added.

Next, Microsoft advised that Halo 5: Guardians would receive an Xbox One X update, making the game 4K compatible on the new powerhouse of a console. The publisher promised more news of the update ahead of the Xbox One X’s launch in November.

Finally, Microsoft detailed Halo Wars 2‘s autumn expansion, “Awakening the Nightmare”. The content will include “a new campaign from the perspective of The Banished, the return of an ancient and deadly foe in the Flood, two new Banished Leaders, and a brand-new multiplayer game mode ‘Terminus Firefight’,” Microsoft advised.

Good news all around, eh Halo fans?

Halo 5: Guardians is available on Xbox One; Halo Wars 2 is available as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on both Xbox One and Windows PC.



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