On a cold winter's evening in late 2012, a group of web developers, community leaders, and all-around classy gentlemen huddled in front of the proverbial fireplace and discussed plans to give Halo's quirky and creative Forge and Custom Games community a new home.
At the heart of this community-driven vision was a system designed to streamline the process for those wishing to engage with another on the virtual battlefield in order to enjoy the sorts of experiences that simply can't be found in matchmaking hoppers. From wacky mini games to methodical map testing, we sought to provide a platform to allow visitors to maximize the fun they could have in Halo games.
This admittedly simple system proved to be incredibly successful in achieving its prime directive: getting out of the way and connecting this community to fun Halo experiences. Even with Halo 4's waning population, this system reached an impressive level of popularity.
Last summer, we decided to swap this system out in favor of a new one and site updates rendered this change irreversible. The new system we implemented seemed great on paper, but ultimately proved to be overcomplicated and admittedly buggy. Over the last few weeks, adderrson and myself set out to bring back the "OG" Custom Games system in all its former glory, and then some.
Today, it is our pleasure to announce that this new (old) system is ready for public use! We're still working on some tweaks and additions, but the core functionality is here. We hope you're as excited as we are. Read on below for some details on some of this system's features.
Creating a Lobby:
If you frequented HaloCustoms prior to summer of 2015, this should be quite familiar to you. Simply click the 'Host New Lobby' button within the Custom Games section. From there, you'll be asked to input a title and the body of your lobby post (be sure to be detailed and make people want to join). You'll also be asked...
Starting at 12 PM PST, the tournament will take place on Saturday, July 30th 2016 (the day before the aforementioned contest's submission deadline). You can find some quick details on the event below. For full details, head on over to the Main Announcement on BTBnet!
- Single Elimination bracket
- Best of 5 series for regular matches
- Best of 7 series for the final
All maps and modes can be found in the bookmarks of MATCLAN.
- Artemis (CTF, Slayer) by Ad Arcanum & The Psycho Duck
- Fracture (CTF) by Squally DaBeanz
- Guillotine (Strongholds, Slayer) by The Psycho Duck & 343 Industries
- Scavenger (Strongholds, Slayer) by CommanderColson
- Torque (CTF) by 343 Industries
- Jinx HCS T-shirt and Jinx HCS cap
- Jinx HCS T-shirt
- Halo-themed keychain
An extra special Deals with Gold post this week as it is what Microsoft is branding as the "Ultimate Game Sale".
With over 250 sale items across both Xbox One and Xbox 360, there's plenty to choose from. Including a plethora of Backwards Compatible Xbox 360 games.
On these big sales I don't usually make any recommendations but I just wanted to point out that Red Dead Redemption is 75% off and will be added as a backwards compatibility title this friday.
Remember, I mark Xbox 360 content that is backwards compatible with . As per the usual, all of this week's deals for both systems can be found below;
For more information about the Meet Your Maker: BTB Forge Contest, follow this link.
If you haven't guessed it, the Warzone Firefight update is now live and is a rather hefty one sitting at about 7GB. Also for those of you with friends that don't own the game yet, get them to download Halo 5 for free! From today through to July 5th. Details on the contents of this update and information on the "Free Play Days" can be found in an in depth post I made on the matter. This also includes the full REQ list for this update.
On June 28th we were also treated to an exclusive look into new features added to Halo 5's forge in this update, as well as a look at everything else included in the update. You can find the official recording of the stream in it's entirety below;
If you're just interested in watching the forge content you can skip straight to it with this handy dandy link. Spoiler alert, increased budget, cool new items and freaking ziplines!
Before I delve more into 'cool forge stuff' I'd like to point out that you can find the patch notes for this update here. If you're just interested in taking a look at a list of newly added items for the forge sandbox however, you can find this information in the spoiler box below.
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