HaloFest Returns!

HaloFest, the celebration of all things Halo, is returning next month alongside the release of The Master Chief Collection, but not as we once knew it. In the past, HaloFest was a “living museum of Halo history,” only accessible to those able to make it to PAX Prime back in 2011, but now Microsoft and 343 are bringing the celebration to everyone around the globe via Twitch!

Starting November 8-9 with the “Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational” and ending November 10 with the HaloFest broadcast at 8PM PST, Microsoft and 343 are giving Halo fans the celebration they deserve! But that’s not all –here’s the complete schedule for everything you can expect in the days leading up to the launch of The Master Chief Collection:

  • First look at Halo 5: Guardians. Fans will have a chance to experience the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta before its release on Dec. 29. An exhibition match between eSports pros will provide a first glimpse at the future of Halo multiplayer gameplay.
  • World premiere of Halo: Nightfall. The evolution of Halo storytelling continues with the debut of Halo: Nightfall. Watch the first episode of this original live-action digital series, which introduces Agent Locke – a pivotal new character in Halo 5: Guardians. Halo: Nightfall is the result of an unprecedented collaboration with industry talents like Ridley Scott and Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who worked hand-in-hand with 343 Industries to raise the bar for live-action storytelling in the Halo universe.
  • Interviews with 343 Industries and more. Hear from Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Executive Producer Dan Ayoub, Executive Producer Josh Holmes and others as they talk about the past, present and future of the Halo universe. Additionally, get the latest details on Halo: Nightfall directly from 343 Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill, the cast and production team, and hear from celebrity Halo fans walking the green carpet at the Avalon Theatre.
  • The global Halo Tournament. On Nov. 8-9, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational, presented by ESL, will feature 32 of the biggest names in eSports going toe-to-toe in Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer for $50,000 in prizes and the chance to be the first to play the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. The competition will take place at ESL’s Southern California headquarters, and all coverage will be streamed at Twitch.tv/Halo on Nov. 8-9, with additional highlights airing during the HaloFest live broadcast on Nov. 10.

In addition to everything here, the Halo:Nightfall trailer debuts TODAY! You can find it directly above if you haven’t already.

How do you feel about the return of HaloFest in this more accessible form? Are you looking forward to TMCC or is the hype too much? One way or another, let us know how you feel in the comments!