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Halo Summer Celebration: 4K, Backward Compatibility, Epic Events & More

Summer is officially upon us! As the temperature rises outside, there’s plenty of activity on the way to turn up the heat across the Halo franchise. In the weeks and months ahead, there’s a little something for everyone depending on your tastes – from new content to events to merchandise to some exciting announcements a little further out – there’s a lot of Halo goodness on the horizon!

Backward Compatibility Blowout

Xbox One’s list of backward compatible titles has continued to grow since 2015, and we’re thrilled to announce four more very special additions coming later this year to the program: Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary! Each of these games will support campaign, multiplayer and LAN play on Xbox One – including LAN play between Xbox One and Xbox 360! Once these titles are added to the program, you’ll be able to pop in your original disc or purchase a digital copy of the game via the Xbox Store and jump right in. 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.

Halo 5: Guardians – Plays Best on Xbox One X!

Shortly after the announce of the Xbox One X, many Halo fans were quick to note that Halo 5: Guardians was conspicuously absent from the list of games being given the 4K treatment. The team here at 343 always had a desire to bring players the best Halo 5: Guardians experience for Xbox One X, but we weren’t quite ready to make the announcement during the E3 time frame. Today we are excited to announce that Halo 5: Guardians will receive a game update to support true 4K with the release of Xbox One X later this year! We’ll have more to share on this front as we get closer to release, so stay tuned.

Halo Wars 2

Since its release in February, Halo Wars 2 has seen a steady flow of tweaks, updates and new content to improve and expand the experience for players on Xbox One and Windows 10. To date, Season Pass holders have received four months of new updates, with two more months still to come.

Once the Season Pass wraps up in August, Halo Wars 2 fans will want to set their sights on this Fall’s new premium expansion, “Awakening the Nightmare,” which includes 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.” Read more about “Awakening the Nightmare” here

Halo Gear & Expanded Universe

If Halo collectibles are more your speed, then hold onto your wallets because there’s a lot to look forward to this summer! From the newest Halo Crate to novels to comics and action figures, our partners are bringing a red-hot array of Halo goodness to a store near you.


In the coming months, the 343 Industries team will be hitting the road for a handful events and opportunities to meet, mingle, and celebrate Halo with the community. Upcoming events include RTX Austin 2017, HCS Summer Finals at DreamHack Atlanta, ChinaJoy and gamescom.

Head over to Halo Waypoint more information on these events, as well as additional details on Halo 5: Guardians 4K support, Halo backward compatibility, Halo merchandise and more Halo Wars 2 goodness. On behalf of the entire 343 team, thank you for your continued support and we wish you an awesome summer full of fun, friends, and plenty of Halo. Stay tuned to Halo Waypoint, Xbox Wire and @Halo on Twitter for everything you need to know and we hope to see you online!