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  1. The Halo TV Series will focus on Master Chief

    Took a while, but we've got some more news on the TV series.

    Announced in 2013, it got everyone hyped, however 2018 is the year all the dead hype resurrects. Here's what we have:

    • 2020 premiere, early 2019 production: 2018's coming to an end, believe it or not, and as each day passes we're getting closer to the next year. Spielberg's series will begin production soon, and we'll see the first episode sometime in 2020, if all goes to plan.
    • 10 Episodes for the first Season: I think this is a fair choice, 10 good-length episodes. A lot can be packed in, whilst keeping it all relevant. If the show isn't going so well (which I doubt), they'll be able to end it soon as well.
    • Master Chief will be "a lead character": "a", so he may not be the only primary focus, but it's likely he will be. There were many theories before about what this could be about. Harvest, Reach, post-Human-Covenant War. Now we have a better idea of who will be involved, with John-117 taking centre stage.
    We'll have a few other big names working on the series, such as writers Rupert Wyatt and Kyle Killen. One of the best parts is that Showtime's CEO David Nevins has said the series is "futuristic, space-based science-fiction, it's not fantasy". I feel that they're working hard to make sure this series sticks to Halo's roots.

    Are you all looking forward to the Halo TV Series? Share your thoughts down below.


    Sources:
    http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/08/06/showtime-halo-tv-series-master-chief-lead-character
    https://screenrant.com/halo-tv-show-story-games-premiere-date-2020/

  2. Halo Wars 2 Beta Date & Other Info Revealed

    Information surrounding the Halo Wars 2 Beta was leaked accidentally in the Xbox Store today: supposedly ahead of it's planned reveal at Microsoft's E3 conference on June 13th. Said leak apparently was a result of Xbox Director of Programming Larry Hyrb aka 'Major Nelson' following said page.

    Based on what was shown, the Beta will run from June 13th to June 20th. The full list of info gleaned is below:

    • "Be among the first to experience the explosive return of real-time strategy to the Halo universe in the Halo Wars 2 Multiplayer Beta for Xbox One", the opening paragraph reads.
    • Will run from June 13th, 2016 - the day of the Microsoft Press Conference, but not confirmed at what time - to June 20th, 2016 specifically for Xbox One. Windows 10 was not mentioned.
    • Requires an Xbox Live Gold Membership to participate.
    • The Beta will be 13GBs in size.
    • Number of players capable of playing the Beta on one console is restricted to just 1 while it's up to 6 online.
    • The Beta is 100% open, and can be accessed by anyone on it's launch date.

    As an indirect response to the leak the official Halo Youtube channel has begun uploading intriguing yet haunting '101s' regarding the events of the first Halo Wars. What this means not only for the sequel but for the original is yet to be determined. The canonically-first episode of the series can be seen here.

    Halo Wars 2 is a real-time strategy game slated for release sometime in late 2016 for both Xbox One and Windows 10 - developed in partnership between SEGA's Creative Assembly of Total War fame and 343 Industries. The game will be shown at the Microsoft E3 conference starting at 9:30 AM PT on June 13th.
    Thanks for reading! :split:

    Sources:

    Eurogamer

    Kotaku

    Reddit

  3. Halo Franchise Reaches 65 Million Units Sold!

    The Halo franchise has reached a prodigious mile-stone, selling over 65 million units on all platforms to date!

    Halo is a legendary series that we've all come to know and love, though it's changed in many ways over the years, it has still managed to keep a sense of magic and awe to it. It's been reported by IGN.com that the game series has sold a combined total of over 65 million units worldwide on the original Xbox, the Xbox 360, and of course the younger grandson, the Xbox One. It is very likely that these numbers will grow higher with the upcoming release of Halo 5: Guardians, and because of it, sales for Halo: The Master Chief Collection may also increase. What is surprising is that Halo: The Master Chief Collection only sold about 1 million copies in its first week, with factors like a broken launch and a new platform tying into the retrospectively small outcome. This year marks the 14th anniversary for the legendary franchise, and Halo 5: Guardians will be the 8th game in the franchise, excluding remasters and mobiles.

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    All information and images sourced from Microsoft at SDCC, 343 Industries, and IGN.

  4. RUL's Halo 5 Campaign Coverage

    This article will be based on the features shown, and not necessarily the story elements that were revealed. You can go to Greenskull's article here if you would like to read through the whole experience.

    Universal Campaign Features:

    • The AI system is very similar to Left 4 Dead in which 3 AI teammates (the 3 other Spartans besides the Leaders in each Spartan Team: Fireteam Osiris, and Blue Team) will follow around the host until another player joins in. These AI companions will accompany the host throughout the entire game.
    • Each of the 8 Spartan characters have unique HUDs, starting Loadouts, and of course voices & personalities. Chatter between the characters will be commonplace.
    • The player can use D-Pad commands to order around their Spartan Teams. Greenskull stated on the matter, "If you are looking at a weapon and press up on the D-Pad, a teammate will run over and pick it up. Point at an enemy and your team will focus fire on it. You can even direct them to cover..."
    • Similar to Borderlands, every player can be crippled or "downed". The player will crouch onto the ground, and will die if another player, or AI doesn't come in to revive them. The player will still respawn if they're in Online Coop, but if you die in Singleplayer you'll revert to a previous checkpoint.
    • When downed you can press a button to notify everyone else to save you, and all it will take is the press of the "use" button (the button mapping will be different if you're using an alternate control scheme) by a teammate to get you back up. The time it takes to revive a player is around 2-3 seconds.
    Online Coop:
    • Utilizes a "jump-in-drop-out system", which allows anyone to join in and leave without impacting the host's game too much. This means that Join In Progress is in Halo 5.
    • Any new player joining the game can choose which character they want to be (Fred, Linda, Kelly - Tanaka, Vale, Buck). The original Host will ALWAYS be Chief or Locke.
    • Both of the leader positions (Chief or Locke) have access to the D-Pad commands, while every other character doesn't. The commands are somewhat the same in Online Coop in comparison to Singleplayer. Continued from Greenskull's quote above, "With a team of human players, the party leader (Master Chief or Spartan Locke) can still perform these commands (the ones listed above in the Universal section) to help direct their teammates to locations, enemies, or hidden weapons."
    • Lastly, difficulty will be scaled based on how many players are in the game. A mission played on Legendary with 4 players will be more difficult than a Solo run on Legendary.
    Prometheans & Enemies:
    • Prometheans are returning with a new type being introduced: The Promethean Solider (pictured in the image at the top of this article). The only other information there is is that it moves fast, and is around the same size of a Spartan such as the Chief.
    • An ENORMOUS new enemy called a Guardian has been introduced, though Guardians have existed in Halo lore long before Halo 5, and it's currently unknown if these Guardians are connected to the old ones.
    • Standing at 4,635 feet tall, the Guardian easily is the most massive enemy ever featured in a Halo game (the Gravemind is probably another good candidate). Here's an image from Greenkskull's video on Youtube based on scale.
    • ALL Covenant enemies speak English due to Jul M'Dama's authority loosening. He originally banned the usage of English and other human language which is why the Covenant spoke their native languages in Halo 4. This comes from the Halo 5 Gameinformer issue that was recently revealed.
    Environments:
    • The playtesters were shown a brief Campaign teaser, and Greenskull named the things he saw to the best of his ability, "It moved so fast it was hard to point anything out. That being said, what my eyes feasted upon was jaw dropping: massive enemies, space battles, and more. I saw Hunters forming from worms (Lekgolo) on the ground, Banshees flying past a space station, and a flying Forerunner vehicle shooting at a massive covenant station (it almost looked like a mining rig).", he went on to say, "The scale was unlike anything we’ve seen in Halo, specifically the giant vehicle scene. There were vehicles flying around, Covenant shooting plasma through the air, and explosions illuminating the landscape. It was hard not to get excited."
    • The maps have plenty of alternate routes, and passageways aside from the main path. The many nooks, and crannies also harbor secrets. Greenskull found a specific easter egg (a black alien skull looking thing) in Singleplayer, and confirmed that many other eggs are within the game.
    The reveal came with an absolutely HUGE amount of screenshots, and HD images, and you can see them all here.

    Halo 5: Guardians releases on October 27th of this year, and a full reveal of the game will be in Microsoft's press conference at E3. You can see the whole E3 schedule at IGN.

    Sources:

    ReadyUpLive, RUL on Youtube

  5. Halo Fan Game "Installation 01" March 2...

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    July 2014 (CE3 2014 Demo)
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    March 2015 (Current Build)
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    Before I get started, I want to say that past recruitment from this site has been great, with the help of talent we picked up here Installation 01 has gone from a concept build in July 2014 (CE3 2014) to the sexiness you see up above. (note: the BR is a placeholder model)

    We’ve been delayed by massive reworkings of the game itself for greater stability and modularity, critical elements in a community-oriented game. Being a fan team, we can’t make any money, not even from donations, so we are doing this in our spare time. Professionals, students, and passionate Halo fans coming together with whatever free hours they have. We are making something that we’ve craved for a long time, a full Halo game for PC, Linux, and Mac, boasting classic gameplay and game modes from multiple Halo titles, all bundled into a shiny package of modern graphics.

    Positions we need filled so this project moves faster:

    Programmers:
    • Proficient in C#.
    • Unity or other comparable game experience.
    • Capable of using Github.
    • Willingness to communicate well with our senior engineers.
    • A team player.

    Artists:
    -2D-
    • Knowledge of GIMP, Photoshop, or any other comparable 2D graphics program. Largely needed for UI and texture work.
    • Willing to work on assigned projects within their deadlines. (we aren’t super hardcore about this,
    but this is more about not signing up for anything you know you can’t finish on time).
    • Knowledge of 3D modeling is a plus, but not required.

    -3D-
    • Skills with any widely used 3D modeling software, such as Blender, Max, or Maya. Zbrush is also • welcomed.
    • Work within deadlines (once again, we don’t have a lot of deadlines, just know your limits)
    • Be comfortable with assigned tasks from senior modelers.
    • Doesn't matter if you prefer environmental, structural, or organic modeling, we need you. ;)
    • Knowing how to texture models well is a plus, but is not required.

    Sound and recording:
    • Own/have constant access to professional sound equipment and software.
    • Have experience with sound design for games or professional videos.
    • Willingness to adapt to whatever is needed at the moment. (voice, gun shots, birdsong, etc.)

    If you wish to help out as any of those roles, just comment here about it and one of the team members will get back to you soon :)

    NOTE: We are abiding by Microsoft’s Fair Use Policy, hence why we cannot make any money off the project, and why we must build everything ourselves, we cannot distribute “rips” of any kind from any Halo game. This is a community project, there is no chance for profit, the only reward for our devs is that they have the satisfaction of making a small dream into reality.

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  6. Halo: The Master Chief Collection Update Beta

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection Update Beta

    Before 343i releases the next update for Halo: The Masterchief Collection they want to beta teast it first.

    A few days ago the patch notes for the upcoming update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection were revealed on Halowaypoint and covered by EK. His article can be found here.

    But instead of the usual download prompt everyone gets the following week, a select group of people will get to beta test it first before it is released to the general public. Yes you read it right, a beta for an update.
    Members of the Xbox One preview programme located in North America will recieve a message from Xbox Live somewhere these days with an opt-in download to download the upcoming patch to beta test it. A Q&A on how this will all go down for the preview programme members in Noth America can be found here.
    The Beta will run from January the 23rd to January the 26th and will eat up 1-2GB of your HDD.

    The reason why it will only be tested in North America is to ensure a maximum amount of players during the evening in North America. Strictly business, no hard feelings ;)
    A date for the public roll-out of the update has not been released yet.

    What do you think of this idea to beta test an update?
    Let us know down below!
    As always, thank you for reading! :D

    Source:
    Eurogamer

  7. Halo: The Master Chief Collection FIXED?!

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection FIXED?!


    As some of you might have noticed when you started The Master Chief Collection today, there's been an update (103MB).
    Is it finally fixed now?!

    Well the answer is both yes and no...
    Yes in that matchmaking works properly now. No more exessive waiting times and working consecutive matches.
    But no as in there are still a few kinks here and there. But luckely these will be fixed in the near future.

    Here are the patch notes:

    • Made a change to allow for matches to start once minimum player counts are met, allowing for faster matching times.
    • Made an update to resolve issues that caused false matches to be created, which resulted in a variety of matchmaking issues, including slow matchmaking and bad session starts.
    • Streamlined the process for maintaining party continuity through the matchmaking process.
    • Made an update to the high-level matchmaking flow that will reset lobbies after each match. Moving forward, players and party leaders need to press "B" after the post-game-carnage report, and select a playlist for their next match. This flow is consistent with previous Halo titles.
    • Improved user experience through removal of non-actionable error messages. This will allow for a more seamless matchmaking flow with less interruption and confusion.
    • Improved the post-game experience to fix an issue that could result in a player getting sent to another player’s lobby, rather than returning to the matchmaking screen.
    And my god what a difference this makes! I've done a test run on Halo today with 2 friends and we were just able to stick together in a lobby and keep on playing with no freezing or having to force quit the game.
    The only thing that does need to be noted is that team balancing might still be a bit off here and there with a one player difference between games. 343i has insured us that this issue will be adressed in the update next week.

    Have you experienced the improvement?
    Let us know down below!
    Thank you for reading! :D

    Source:
    Halowaypoint

  8. HaloFest Halo 5 Beta reveal

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    A colossal amount of information was just revealed for the Halo 5 Beta at HaloFest this year (I'm talking ALLOT of info). The whole video is at the bottom of this article.

    Oh, and I'm sure I got some of the information wrong, so feel free to correct me if you see any errors. :)

    Here's the gist:
    • Everyone starts the same. Every Spartan Ability (I'll detail those later on in this article), and Weapon (starter primary, secondary, and grenades) is given to the player at the beginning. No Loadouts. Like how Halos 1-3 were played.
    • All weapons contain a zoom feature, with some akin to ADS (Aim Down Sights). Not all weapons have this, like the DMR (the DMR is nearly the same as it's H4 counterpart Scope wise, and aesthetically).
    • There seems to be a before, and after game animation for each Player Team that shows their aesthetics. The winning team taunts the other team in bravado.
    • Everything listed in this article is based off of work-in-progress material in the Beta. So it's not final. The time the Beta releases makes it the earliest public Halo Beta ever released.
    • There are a total of 7 maps that will be able to be played on in the Beta.
    • There are now Weapons on map as in previous Halo games. NO MORE ORDINANCE.
    • There will be three game modes in the Beta. What they exactly are is not clear, but it's certain Multiplayer is one of them.
    • Power Weapons run on static timers. So a weapon like the Prophet's Bane comes around every 4 minutes.
    • There's a Shield Bar, and Health Bar, but I'm not quite sure how they work.

    Random information from HaloFest:
    • 343i has an internal Pro team they use to test the game. What's pretty funny is that they have Pros vs. Devs... and the Devs get completely destroyed in Halo 5 MP lol. One match was 50-4.
    • Most of the play-testers (like Josh Holmes, some Pro players, and a few other devs) will be online playing with the community when the Beta launches.
    • A couple celebrities came to HaloFest... like: Wayne Brady from "Let's Make A Deal" (that dude is hilarious), Joel Mchale from "Community", and Ben Schwartz from "House of Lies".


    Spartan Abilities / Movement & Scoping mechanics:


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    Weapons:


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    Maps:


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    Allot of new armor was shown at HaloFest, but unfortunately I won't be able to detail them right now due to me already spending more than an hour on this article.

    The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta begins on December 29th, and runs for 3 weeks until January 18th, 2015.

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    Thoughts?

    Source: YouTube

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  9. Halo 2: Anniversary Forge

    Halo 2: Anniversary Forge


    As part of IGN first, 343i shows us how Forge will work in Halo 2 on their new 'Forge World'.

    We will start off with a huge blank canvas, everything you see around you is part of the skybox so you can do everything you want to do. Place huge slabs of terrain to create an island to work on, go place some trees and rocks to make it look more natural. Once you go in to player mode everything will connect with eachother almost seamlessly.

    As an example we get to see an entire map as large a Coagulation forged by one of the dev's to show us what we all can do when we get out hands on.
    You'll be able to place interactive elements on the map. Like the EMP which is also featured in Coagulation, switches like we saw in Zenith and interactive doors activated by consoles like we saw in Stonetown. And yes the "Blue screen of death" appears on them when activated like in the original Zanzibar console. :D

    But it doesn't stop there!
    Using the consoles you can also spawn in set items in Player mode. From as small as a bridge to entire race tracks. Get creative! ;)

    What's also worth pointing out is that we get a glimpse of Beaver Creek that the dev's forged in.
    Didn't your favourite map get remade? You can now Forge it yourself!

    Get a look at it for yourself here:
    http://www.ign.com/v...ction-ign-first

    Have you already got an idea about how you're going to use the Forge?
    Let us know down below!
    Thank you for reading! :D

  10. Halo: The Master Chief Collection Stonetown/Zan...

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection Stonetown/Zanzibar walkthrough and gameplay



    IGN recently showded us a walkthough of one of the remade maps that comes with The Master Chief Collection which was Coagulation.
    Now they continue the walktroughs with another map, this time it's Stonetown otherwise known as Zanzibar.

    Just like last time we get a tour by one of the developers. This time it's Max Hoberman.
    He leads you though all the changes Including aesthetical changes, new routes and new vehicles/weapons.
    He'll also show you some secrets and how it all came to be.

    Here's the walkthrough:



    Along with the walkthrough we also get to see how the maps plays out in multiplayer. A classic 1-flag game to be precise.
    See how it plays down here:


    What are your thoughts on the new Zanzibar?
    Let us know down below!
    Thank you for reading! :D

    Special thanks to Hell Verruckt/Self Destruct for linking this with me!

    Source:
    IGN

  11. Halo: Remaking the legend

    Halo: Remaking the legend


    With a trailer posted on Youtube, 343i announced that they're working on a documentary about Halo 2 and the anniversary edition that will be featured in The Master Chief Collection.

    The Documentary will be called 'Remaking the legend' and will show the entire lifespan of Halo 2 and the work that went towards the anniversary remake. It will also show some exclusive previews on the anniversary edition itself.
    The video will take us all the way back to 2004 when Halo 2 released and will tell us what came to be of Halo 2 since the 10 years of its release.
    Larry Hryb, Phil Spencer and some iconic 343i devs will all feature in this documentary and will all tell you their views and experiences on Halo 2.

    Here is the trailer:

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    No official release date has been set, but it'll likely be soon. Most likely even before the Master Chief Collection even releases.
    So keep your eyes and ears out!

    As always leave thoughts and comments down below!
    Thank you for reading! :D

    Sources:
    Polygon
    NL.IGN

  12. Halo: The Master Chief Collection day one playl...

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection day one playlists



    With the Master Chief Collection coming ever so close, and IGN being the first with all the new stuff, we get some clarification on what we're able to do when you get home with your brand new disc.
    Dat smell :drool:

    Today we get to know the multiplayer playlists, that you'll be able to participate in, are available at launch.
    Of course 343i understands that you want all of it! Shotty Snipers, Grif Ball, etc. They can only include a certain amount that will not spread the population too thin.
    (Kinda what happened in Halo: Reach)
    But at the same time not add a too small amount that will bore you after a week or so.
    They tried to get it just right for you!

    Here they are!:

    Team Halo 2: Anniversary
    Play a combination of Slayer and objective gametypes. 4v4

    Halo 2: Anniversary Rumble
    Watch your back Spartan! No one else will! 8 player Free-for-all
    (See what I did there?)

    Team Halo 2: Anniversary Social
    Unranked Slayer and objective gametypes for the more casual player. 5v5

    Team Slayer
    Destroy your opponents in 4 Halo-games: Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 2: Anniversary. Team Slayer ONLY. 4v4

    Big Team Battle
    Destroy even more opponents in Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4 and Halo 2: Anniversary. 8v8

    Halo: Combat Evolved
    Where it all began... Play Slayer and objective gametypes on the maps from Halo CE. 4v4

    Halo 2 Classic
    A mix of the most popular Slayer and objective gametypes from Halo 2. 4v4

    Halo 3
    A mix of the most popular Slayer and objective gametypes from Halo 3. 4v4
    (Where is the 'Classic' in this one?)

    Halo 4
    A mix of Team Slayer and onjective gametypes from Halo 4, Only small and medium maps to suit the amount of players. 5v5

    Team Hardcore
    Gametypes from Halo 2 and Halo 3 approved by tournament standards. Your trusty BR only. 4v4

    Halo eSports
    The official Halo eSports playlist. 4v4

    SWAT
    Make your shots count! Headshot will kill instantly! 4v4.
    (GSD eat your heart out!)

    There you have it, the line-up of what you'll be able to play at launch.
    Is your favourite playlist not in there?! Were you almost posting an angry rant on 343i's official forums?!
    Don't fret! More playlists might be added in the near future!

    What are you going to play first? And what playlists would you like to see added?
    Let us know down below!
    Thank you for reading! :D

    Source:
    nl.ign

  13. The Halo Channel Announced + Halo 5: Guardians...

    The Halo Channel announced

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    At Gamescom, 343i announced that they will release a central hub called The Halo Channel.
    From this hub you'll have acces to all halo games and content that will be available on the Xbox One.

    The Master Chief Collection will of course be integrated in this hub and from within this channel you'll also be able to stream your gameplay to Twitch and show of your l33t skills.

    They also made a small announcement regarding The Master Chief Collection.
    They've now shed some light upon the ranking system which will be similair to the one in Halo 2.

    Halo 5: Guardians beta date

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    Along with The Halo Channel announcement 343i gave us the time period in which we can play the Beta.
    The Beta will be playable from the 29th of december untill the 18th of January. Which is 3 weeks playing time!
    (Talk about a Happy New Year)

    The Beta is focussed on 4v4 combat on 7 maps and 3 gametypes.
    You'll also be able to play around with 11 different weapons and a few armour skins.
    Along with all that you will be able to unlock items that will carry over to the full game.
    Loadouts will not be in this beta so every Spartan starts out equally.

    In the press conference 343i revealed some screenshots as well which can be viewed down here:

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    How hyped are you now?
    Let me know down below!
    Thank you for reading! :D

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  14. 343 Reveals Zanzibar Remake! (Pictures Incl...

    Well, the Halo 2 Anniversary Trailer wasn't all that was revealed today at San Diego's Comic Con. 343 also threw out some new pictures showing off the Anniversary edition of the fan favorite map, Zanzibar!

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    Zanzibar looks beautiful! We can expect more screenshots of other maps in the future like at Gamescom, as well as the reveal of the last 2 of the 6 expected map remakes!



    Source: http://teambeyond.net/halo-2-anniversary-zanzibar-pictures/

  15. Halo Waypoint Bulletin - 7/16/14

    Hello everyone, from now on I will be covering the Halo Bulletins and the majority of the content enveloped in them until further notice. Before I get yelled at that the iBot handles these, this has been a long discussion between myself, RedStarRocket91, BeckoningZebra1, and Adam91, and I don't post this without their permission. Anyways, now with legal out of the way let's get down to the news! The article is at HaloWaypoint.com here.

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    HALO at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 [Halo Nightfall Digital Series News and The Master Chief Collection Developer Panel]
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    343 Industries themselves will be attending San Diego Comic-Con this year to talk about Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the newly announced digital short accompanying it, Halo: Nightfall. This article was already done so I won't go into too much detail other then list the times below and link to Adam91's article on it. Thursday, July 24th at 11:45 A.M.
    Halo Nightfall Panel (Digital Episodic Series directed by Ridley Scott, filming underway in Iceland)
    Start:
    Thursday, July 24th at 11:45 A.M.
    End: 12:45 P.M.
    Location: Room 6BCF
    Halo: The Master Chief Collection Panel (Releasing November 11th, 2014 NA, November 14th, 2014 EU)
    Start:
    Friday, July 25th at 10:15 A.M
    End: 11:15 A.M.
    Location: Room 6BCF

    Halo 4 Matchmaking Updates

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    Next up, Halo 4's War Games Matchmaking is getting some shuffling with a returning game mode and game type. Big Team SWAT is making an appearance and will run until August 4th. Quick Draw is also returning to the Big Team playlist, and should occasionally appear in the third slot. As well, 343i has sifted through some of the Flood maps and done a bit of cleaning and tidying.

    Halo 5 Guardians Forza 5 Mash-Up Vehicle Created
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    343 has had a long history of collaborating with the Forza series, whether with the original Halo 4 Warthog making an appearance in Forza 4, or the Halo: Spartan Assault vehicle mash-up made in Forza 5. Now we may add to that list as a Forza user has created a Halo 5: Guardians themed McLaren P1 in the game.

    Screenshot Spotlight: Quarterback
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    This week 10 screenshots made the spotlight involving the theme of the popular American football position, Quarterback, I have one here but the other 9 can be viewed in the actual article! Next week's theme is Suppressor, so be sure to get on Halo 4 and get your screenshots ready! The one above is called 'Exploding Fastball' by 76NITRO, who had three screenshots featured in the article.

    That's it for this week, be sure to tune into the 343i Comic-Con event! Until then,

    Edward

  16. 343's Comic Con Schedule

    San Diego Comic Con 2014 is just under 2 weeks away and when it kicks off more Halo news is expected to surface.

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    343 will be attending Comic Con hosting two panels to discuss and share more information on Halo: The Master Chief Collection and we will also get our first look at Ridley Scott's live action digital series Halo: Night fall.

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    On July 24th 11:45 A.M. PDT 343's Frank O'Connor (franchise development director) Kiki Wolfkill (executive producer) and the cast and crew from Halo: Nightfall will be joining together to discuss and share information about the live action series and will show a first look preview of the show. Those who purchase Halo: The Master Chief Collection will have access to view the entire show when it launches.

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    On July 25th 10:15 A.M. PTD 343's Dan Ayoub (executive producer) Dennis Ries (senior producer) and Frank O'Connor (franchise director) along with Max Hoberman (Certain Affinity founder and president and original Halo 2 multiplayer designer) will also be joining together for a panel to discuss more about The Master Chief Collection.

    Are you looking forward to getting your first look at Halo: Night fall? What would you like to know or see next about The Master Chief, more on the new ranking system, remastered maps, forge? Leave your hopes and expectations on the upcoming panels below.


    Source: Comic-Con

    • Jul 12 2014 01:01 PM
    • by Adam91
  17. 72 Hours After (Part 3?!)

    Hello everyone! Just recently as you all know there has been a slough of Halo comic books out and around the universe. But some of these comics have been also the "72 Hours After" Halo 4 portion. This tells what has happened directly after the events of Halo 4, A.k.a a three day span.


    Just recently, there was another part to come out, part 3. And with that, someone on tumblr had actually posted a picture from the next comic in that specific storyline.


    NOTE: Self Destruct beat me to it! The photo IS REAL!


    So, here is the picture that has gotten the community to get their 'jimmies' and find popcorn. Even the HaloFollower gave his speculations on this.


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    Now, most people are speculating this is (From front right to back left) John-117, Kelly-087, Linda-058, and Fred-104.


    This is speculated as the armor they wear has a big resemblance to the armor they had in Halo: Legends - The Package. And also because Fred, Kelly, and Linda all were not confirmed KIA, or in the case MIA. Since Spartans never die.


    Here is evidence to that claim above.


    (Still in order) Kelly-087 (I got a close up on the helmet to compare the markings with the helmet in the comic picture)


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    Linda-058 (Both helmets are practically a more high-tech version of the standard edition)


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    Fred-104 (Just look at the helmet design + the big shoulders)


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    With all of that out for us all now, what do you all think? I personally think this can be Blue Team. As we can see in the other Halo Comics for the next 72 hours, we see events like a battle with the Chief and the Didact. But also chief using a sniper rifle in the first! Just look below.


    72 Hours After #1


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    72 Hours After #2


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    What do you all think? Put your theories below!!!



    Sources: http://117--087.tumblr.com/

    http://www.darkhorse...Previews/22-710

    • Jun 18 2014 07:05 PM
    • by TDM
  18. Master Chief Collection Details

    The Master Chief Collection was officially announced at E3 during Microsoft's Press Conference, here are the details:

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    The Master Chief Collection will include Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4. The game will be accessed by a master queue that will have all the levels from every campaign unlocked from the very start. There will be specific playlists for playing different levels in a variety of different ways.

    The Master Chief Collection's multiplayer will run at 1080p, 60 FPS, on dedicated servers. Every map from Halo CE to Halo 4 will be included. That's over 100 multiplayer maps! Along with 4,000 Gamerscore.
    This includes the ability to switch between the original and updated graphics in Halo CE and Halo 2 and will also be the very first time to play Halo CE Online Multiplayer. (On your Xbox Console)

    It is also important to note that Halo CE and Halo 2 multiplayer will be the EXACT same as when it first shipped.

    The Master Chief Collection will also ship with Halo Nightfall and Halo 5: Guardians beta access.

    Watch the video below to see Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer and a sneak peek at the Halo 5 beta.



    The Master Chief Collection ships on Xbox One November 11, 2014. What do you think about the Master Chief Collection? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.


    SOURCE: E3 2014 MICROSOFT PRESS CONFERENCE

    SOURCE: IGN

  19. Master Chief Collection Details

    The Master Chief Collection was officially announced at E3 during Microsoft's Press Conference, here are the details:

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    The Master Chief Collection will include Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4. The game will be accessed by a master queue that will have all the levels from every campaign unlocked from the very start. There will be specific playlists for playing different levels in a variety of different ways.

    The Master Chief Collection's multiplayer will run at 1080p, 60 FPS, on dedicated servers. Every map from Halo CE to Halo 4 will be included. That's over 100 multiplayer maps! Along with 4,000 Gamerscore.
    This includes the ability to switch between the original and updated graphics in Halo CE and Halo 2 and will also be the very first time to play Halo CE Online Multiplayer. (On your Xbox Console)

    It is also important to note that Halo CE and Halo 2 multiplayer will be the EXACT same as when it first shipped.

    The Master Chief Collection will also ship with Halo Nightfall and Halo 5: Guardians beta access.

    Watch the video below to see Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer and a sneak peek at the Halo 5 beta.



    The Master Chief Collection ships on Xbox One November 11, 2014. What do you think about the Master Chief Collection? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

    SOURCE: E3 2014 MICROSOFT PRESS CONFERENCE

    SOURCE: IGN

  20. Halo Partners With Astro

    Halo has just announced a new partnership with Astro Gaming!

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    343industries has striked up a multi-year partnership with Astro Gaming.

    Astro Gaming creates various forms of video game equipment, most specifically headsets. Details of what type of Halo-related material Astro will be constructing has not yet been released, but we do have an official statement from 343 industries on the deal:

    "Today we are announcing a new partnership with ASTRO Gaming! I had the pleasure of wearing nearly every iteration of ASTRO products since the very first Limited Edition A40 headset, so it is with great excitement, and with an ASTRO headset on my head, that I bring you this wonderful news. I know I speak for many when I say that I cannot imagine a better or more organic headset partner for our brand. I'm super pumped about the new products that are on the way, and I am quite glad that we're finally taking our relationship to the next level."

    Astro Gaming VP of Marketing, Aron Drayer, said this about the deal:

    "Few game franchises have ever pushed the boundaries of our imagination quite like Halo. With its robust online multiplayer features, compelling storyline, incredibly detailed gameplay audio and inspiring musical score -- Halo delivers at every level"

    This partnership will bring about numerous new Halo gaming Headsets and accessories, all which will be announced at a latter date.

    What do you think of this deal? Are you excited that we'll be getting official Astro Gaming Halo headsets soon? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

    SOURCE:HALOWAYPOINT

  21. Halo Mash-Up Pack Now Available!

    The Halo Mash-up pack is now available for purchase!

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    This mash-up pack will contain a TON of content out of the Halo universe. Here's the official statement from Xbox Wire:

    "The Mash-up pack, expertly crafted by 4J Studios, includes a “Halo”-themed texture set, themed menus and user interface, craftable items and 31 music tracks across the “Halo” franchise. Also available are 40 pixel-perfect character skins depicting beloved “Halo” characters such as the Master Chief, Cortana, Sergeant Johnson, Arbiter and more. For fans looking to fully immerse themselves into the “Halo” universe, the “Halo” Mash-up pack also features pre-made worlds such as Silent Cartographer, Sandtrap, Valhalla, Blackout, Guardian, Blood Gulch and plenty of other well-known Halo vehicles and features."

    You can play the trial version or purchase this title for $3.99 Here

    Here's a video showcasing this new DLC.




    What do you think of this title? Will you be buying it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

    SOURCE:XBOX WIRE

  22. Minecraft Halo Mash-Up Pack Gets New Screenshots

    One of the most anticipated Minecraft Packs, the Halo Mash-Up Pack, has had a recent reveal of more screenshots for some pre-loaded fan-favorite maps from the old and new days.


    The Minecraft Halo Mash-Up Pack seems to be a block-filled redesign of some old fan-favorite worlds, as Halo Waypoint has shown. According to HaloWaypoint.com, in a short blog update, a short number of old favorites and new beauties will be included in the new world. These include the famous Blood Gulch, Lockout (or Blackout from Halo 3), Valhalla, Halo, Sandtrap, and Guardian to name a few of the multi-player ones, with Silent Cartographer and the Cryptum in which the Didact is awakened is also going to be included. 40 character skins will also be included in the pack, letting us play as some of our favorites from the series, on our favorite maps. As well, music and textures have been changed to make for an awesome new Halo experience on Minecraft.


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    What do you think of the return to our old favorite locations, are you excited to play on Blood Gulch, Lockout, or any other of the additions? Let me know below, thanks for reading!

  23. Frank O'Connor Speaks Out About Leaks

    343 Industries' own Frank O'Connor, who's been with the team since it's start, has spoken out about leaks regarding games and their faults.

    Halo is a series well known by a large number of supposed leaks before a Halo game's launch, often revealing key points that would have otherwise been a surprise. Frank O'Connor, Halo's development director, took to NeoGaf.com to speak about leaks and the drastic problems they cause for developers, likely referring to the large number of recent Xbox related leaks and Halo leaks, but speaking about the Industry in general. He said, "Ultimately he [the leaker] is taking or being given information and leaking it, illegally and often erroneously. And he isn't doing it for some noble or worthy reason. He's doing it for attention." He also referred to it's proclamation as a prophecy, saying that it's "just annoying" and not assisting or helpful in any outcome to the developer or player. Frankie also discussed the overall dissatisfaction and worthlessness of leaking, even mentioning termination of employees for such issues, "It's not fun, and for what? So you can have a mildly interesting surprise 8 hours early and lacking context? Or get hyped or disappointed disproportionately? Or get someone fired or someone innocent yelled at?" This could hint at some of the previous Anniversary or Master Chief Collection rumors being completely true, or the opposite as the leaks could cause false hype.

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    Do you think this is a ret-con or hint at some previous Halo rumors to go out publicly and make a full speech about leaking? Let me know below, thanks for the read!

  24. New Halo Content Coming to MineCraft

    Halo is coming to MineCraft: Xbox 360 Edition!

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    Halo Waypoint's Twitter tweeted the above photo earlier today along with the caption:

    "Yes, this is happening. #XBLA"

    Little is know about this other than the screenshot above, but it appears to be a Halo themed Mash Pack- DLC for Minecraft that features music, various re-skinned blocks and items, and character skins.
    (Similar to the Mass Effect and Skyrim mash packs previously released.)

    From the screenshot above we can see that whatever the content is, it will likely feature UNSC Computer systems, sand bag barriers, a needler, and a Halo ring that spans the sky.

    If this is a Halo themed mashup pack, you can expect it to cost about $3.99 USD.

    Though little is known at the moment, you can expect to see more on this in the coming weeks, as we look towards what will likely be the first Halo mashup pack for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.

    What do you think of this news? Would you buy a Halo themed mashup pack?
    Be sure to leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

    SOURCE: TWITTER/HALOWAYPOINT

  25. Weekly News Wrap-Up - 5/3/14

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the third Weekly Site Wrap-Up! I once again have three exciting articles mashed into one amazing piece for your reading pleasure. So let's get down to business and start reading, shall we?

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    Showtime Vying for Deal with Halo TV Series
    The ever famous Halo TV series directed by Steven Spielburg may be shifting from it's Xbox One exclusivity according to Variety. Variety.com says that the show, as well as the deal with Showtime, have been underway for nearly a year and it's been a difficult process, as Halo is such a prime asset to Microsoft. As well, tensions arose because both sides have been charting new frontiers for a new show to air. Nancy Tellem had brought up the show profusely at the New Front presentation recently, but Showtime wasn't mentioned strangely. Representatives on both sides refused to comment on the matter as of yet.

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    Would access of the Halo TV series become easier and more fluid for you if it was on Showtime? Add your feedback and discussion below, thanks for the read!

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC to come to Xbox First
    Activision's newest title in the Call of Duty franchise, Advanced Warfare, seems to already have exclusivity deals on the way with Microsoft and the Xbox. According to Xbox.com themselves, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC will come to Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms before Playstation and PC. This shouldn't count as a surprise, considering Call of Duty: Ghosts also had timed DLC for Xbox One and 360 platforms. The page reveals a wealth of other content as well, such as the name of the leader of this Private Corporation, called Atlas, the man's name is Jonathan Irons.

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    Does this information dictate your decision as to whether you will purchase the game on Xbox or another platform? Let me know, be sure to debate below!

    Borderlands 2 Vita Edition Downgraded to 2 Player Only Co-op
    Borderlands 2 on PSVita was a highly hyped title, mainly due to the promise of a full open world game like Borderlands with four player cooperative play in the palm of your hands, unfortunately, this won't entirely be the case. On a blog on PlayStation.com, focusing on the testing of Borderlands 2 on the Vita, Justin Massongill, Sony's social media specialist, stated that the game was being downgraded even though they had aimed for four player parties. He said that "while they [SCEA] strived to include four-player co-op in the game, they made a decision late in their development cycle to focus on providing the best two-player-only co-op experience possible." This decision could impact the sales of the system's bundle with the game now, as many players mainly pre-ordered for the feature they had been promised.

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    What's your take on this matter, will you still purchase the game on Vita, or do you have others reasons to avoid it? Discuss below, have a good day, and thanks for reading.

    That's your Wrap-Up everyone, and on time this week! Tune in next week for another batch of reading pleasures from yours truly, be sure to rate and comment on the article, and I'll see you next time!