Today, Halo 5 forge was revealed. You can find a brief teaser video and an article from Josh Holmes and Tom French, the designer on H5 forge, on Halo Waypoint here.
Alongside the big reveal was the announcement that five forgers were invited to the studio to see the new forge in action. I was one of them.
The leap to Halo 5 forge is the biggest leap in forge history. Even the jump from H3 to Reach pales in comparison. Using a combination of community feedback and a desire to imitate professional developer tools, 343's forge team has rebuilt the forge toolset from the ground up. This iteration focuses on improving two key areas: capability and usability. The former involves what can be built in forge...
Today, 343 Industries released another opening cinematic of Guardians featuring the Blue Team. The sequence introduces John-117 and his team of Spartan-IIs as they board an ONI research facility occupied by the Covenant. 343i demonstrates the practical experience of Spartan-IIs as Blue Team takes something of a calculated approach to infiltrating enemy lines, unlike their Spartan-IV counterparts in the first opening cinematic. You can watch the cinematic and ten minutes of Blue Team campaign gameplay below.
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What do you think about the videos? Among other things, the new take on the Halo theme was lovely.
Halo 5 is now just 38* days away and already many of us are counting down the days to it's release almost like the countdown to Christmas. Today new information on the REQ System being introduced has been bestowed upon us.
You can find said information above in this informational video featuring none other than Mister Chief. It looks like he's been hitting the gym in recent years.
The video very much works like an FAQ and has a few gameplay clips in there to boot (nothing we haven't seen before mind) but manages to deliver all the details you might want to know with some good humour and shoddy animation.
Alternatively, if you are of the reading sort you can find more information on the REQ System over on Halo Waypoint.
Today, 343i released an article about crafting Halo 5's campaign. The article describes some of the new addition's to the game including its co-operative focus and its use of new rendering technology. The game will use dedicated servers and power afforded by the Xbox One to ensure a smooth online co-op experience while maintaining a framerate of 60FPS. The article houses two videos. One focuses on the narrative, cinematic side of the campaign while the other shows gameplay from a mission which takes place o the Elite homeworld: Sanghelios.
Did you miss me? Cause I missed you! I'm back from my brief little holiday. Special thank you to Auburn for taking over in my steed. For those of you wondering, this is how I've spent the past week. You may have also noticed that we're also starting to segment more articles to help cover news as it's released, so expect to see more articles in this manner from now on. Anyhow enough with the boring details lets get on with this weeks recap.
"Snake? Snake?! Snaaaaaake?!" is probably what you're all thinking right about now and understandably so. Our friend, SolidSnakee, was the sole reason our Media Stream received activity last month, so he will be taking a much-deserved break this week. Instead, your neighborhood friendly will be gracing you with this past week's community content and the usual news from our overlords at 343 Industries. If you don't like to read, you can find a list of important links below.
343 Industries just released another look into Halo 5: Guardians with a broadcast of the opening cinematic of the game. The sequence introduces Fireteam Osiris whom, after an initial briefing with Thomas Laskey, plunge into a Covenant group in order to rescue Doctor Catherine Halsey from her abductor, Jul 'Mdama. Outside of the... robust cinematography the company is known for, the sequence establishes that Halsey has been kidnapped, the Covenant are still evil, and Fireteam Osiris kicks ass. You can watch the video in full below.
What do you think about the video? Among other things, 343 definitely still has an eye for visuals.
This weeks Halo Bulletin contained some information regarding updates for The Master Chief Collection, cheating and reputation. So here's the low down, in recent weeks an exploit was discovered in which a player could provide negative feedback for players that were better at the game than they were. Now, this resulted in the better players having a bad overall reputation which in some cases, lead to temporary bans on Xbox Live. The Xbox Team have since brought out an update that will ignore player being blocked in select "ranked" playlists. Those playlists are as follows;
Halo 2: Anniversary
Now fret not because if a player is providing you with a negative experience, you're still able to leave the appropriate feedback for said...
This weeks Halo Bulletin didn't have alot of new information but it did discuss some more of the design behind the heads up displays for both Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris. One point of interest was the fact that there will only be one universal HUD design for matchmaking regardless of what helmet you are wearing.
Although the Halo Bulletin didn't reveal much, both Cannon Fodder and IGN revealed a few more arena maps. The arena maps that were briefly shown off included Coliseum which you may remember from the MS Press Conference at Gamescom, The Rig which is a mining station high above a glassed human colony. This particular map is heavily focused on player...
Over the past week a little event known as Gamescom was taking place. There was plenty to be seen and even more to get excited about. However there was some information that some of you may have missed, so lets get stuck into it.
I think its a safe assumption to say that we all enjoy the classical Halo soundtrack. One piece that really stands out is Halo's choir humming that unforgettable piece that we've all come to know and love. You may be thinking how this is relevant and I'd hate to disappoint. A few days ago someone uploaded a video to Youtube, This particular video claimed to have some samples from Halo 5's soundtrack and to be quite honest the music sounded professionally made with no hints of any past music being used. However, this information was only backed up be an apparent update to last years Halo 5 Beta. I personally checked the beta (as I still have it on...
When I woke up earlier today I had a feeling that I was forgetting something. Something that was probably important. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, so I decided to boot up my computer and was greeted by a collection of "Z0MG!!11!1!! HALO WARS 2!". Turns out, I had forgotten about a little thing called GamesCom. Thankfully the internet is a wondrous place full of information and videos that allow people to catch up on things they may have missed. So, lets go ahead and do a brief recap of some of the highlights of the Microsoft Briefing, shall we?
Of course, every recap starts with Halo news. For the sake of saving some time this week, I'll be skipping out on the RvB news for this week but fear not as I'll be covering both this weeks and last weeks episodes next week. Now, onto the news.
So I'm pretty sure most of you know by now but for those that don't, Halo Wars...
On this weeks Halo Bulletin, we got an inside look and a bit of a back story on how McFarlane Toys got started. Some of their statues on display included members from both Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris. Just remember, Fred will strike fear into the hearts of our enemies! Mostly because his name is Fred.
While we're on the topic of figurines, this weeks Canon Fodder was an interview with the Creative Director of Spartan Games, Neil Fawcett. Now for those of you that don't know, Spartan Games are making a Halo board game called Halo: Fleet Battles. The game itself is based around small scale models of the ships that we all know and love from both the Halo games and extended lore. Of course, what we got to see is only a fraction of what is currently being worked on but feel free to check out some of...
Campaign is an obvious staple in the Halo franchise. With the news of split-screen compatibility being removed, 343i has left much to be desired within the realm of local cooperative Halo. In their most recent posting, however, they assured their fans that campaign is being "designed from the ground up to support co-operative play" with an ensemble of fresh characters, new gameplay mechanics, and a large universe to explore.
Halo’s campaign was originally built to be a single-player experience. With the introduction of Fireteam AI, however, the cooperative experience has been weaved into campaign as players are now constantly supported by three other Spartans. When playing solo, they are controlled by AI that will support you, navigating the environment and reacting dynamically throughout combat. However, dedicated servers will...
It's that wonderful time of the week again, people. It's Tuesday! Which means it's recap time! Why don't we go ahead and get straight into it, shall we?
Starting off this week, we have some interesting news over on Halowaypoint. Remember last week when I told you guys about those lucky few that pre-ordered the Limited Collectors Edition? Well if you didn't let me give you a quick recap (no pun intended). Last week, 343i announced that anyone that bought the Limited Collectors Edition of Halo 5 would receive all the Limited Collectors Edition goodies and a downloadable copy of the game, which you would be able to pre-load a week before the games official release. This basically means that you'll receive the LCE on October 20th as opposed to the retail release on October 27th. Now, if you're like me, then you'll always want a physical copy of a game. There's just something about a physical copy of a game that a download...
Here we are, once again. Last week saw some pretty interesting announcements on the Halo front but before I get ahead of myself just take a second to remember. Remember where it all began. Remember Reach.
That was the best worst opening ever. Of all time. But we're finally getting Halo: The Fall of Reach! We've known about this since E3 but its just nice to see it. For those of you who don't know, Halo: The Fall of Reach goes into the origins of The Master Chief and the other Spartan II's, which also includes Blue Team. It also happens to be one of the best Halo novels so if you have ever had an interest in the extended lore, I'd recommend picking it up. So, for everyone that's planning on buying Halo 5's Limited Edition, Limited Collectors Edition or the Deluxe Edition, you'll have access to Halo: The Fall of Reach motion...
343 put out a new vidoc for Halo 5 today titled "A Hero Reborn". The team behind Halo 5 talks about Halo 4 as a success, but also talks about some of the challenges of making a new Halo game. You can watch it below.
Some highlights include:
A scoped BR at 0:41
Some shots of new playspaces at 2:33 and throughout
A funky Spirit dropship on what appears to be Sanghelios at 2:38
Something really big and purple at 3:50
A concussion rifle at 4:23
Some gold-skinned UNSC ground vehicles at 9:50 including a gungoose and a gauss hog
A pile of lekgolo worms forming into a hunter at 11:07
And, of course, a massive wart on Bonnie Ross's forehead visible throughout the video
What do you think about the vidoc? There is certainly a lot of footage of new art assets and environments which caught...
Happy Bungie Day everyone! Yes, today is the day that we all designate as a very special Halo day and now Destiny Day (Is that a thing? I feel like that isn't a thing and needs to be a thing). However before we jump into all those goodies, lets talk Halo shall we?
Halo time with Snack
That title needs work but I'm open to suggestions. Moving on to this weeks Halo Bulletin, Jay Frechette shows us what we can expect from the limited and collectors edition's of Halo 5: Guardians (Bonus fact! They're not cheap!). Fair warning, you may also come across certain spoilers during this Bulletin update. If you're looking to watch the Halo bulletin but avoid spoilers, then simply avoid 3:56 to 4:06 as those brief 10 seconds contain some pretty big spoilers.
This weeks Canon Fodder contains some interesting facts...
It's Monday Tuesday, which means it's time for this week's weekly recap (Monday's suck anyway).
There's no bulletin to use as a cheat sheet for me this week so I've ventured out into the interwebs to find out what's out there to give you that weekly dose of both Halo and non-relevant news.
Originally the plan for Halo 5: Guardians was for it to maintain split screen functionality, simply reducing the max player count from 4 down to 2 for the sake of frame rate preservation.
New information on this has however come to light. Eagle eyed twitter user 'bengvr3' spotted that the listing for Halo 5 on the Xbox Store now only lists the game supporting 1-1 players. You can see this twitter post in the image below.
Josh Holmes later made the following statement in response to this;
Greetings one and all to your next edition of the HC weekly re-cap, where we take a glance at some of the things we couldn't be bothered to read online in the time since we posted the last one, with the exception of Hunt The Truth and RvB coverage as SOLIDSNAKEee is busy doing something in the 'real world' ("What is that?", I hear you ask. Perhaps we'll never know). I'm sure however he'll fill you in when he can find the time.
On to the News!
This weeks official Halo Bulletin conveniently covers most of the E3 Halo news from last week, if you're the sort whom is too lazy to read or simply hasn't kept up with the latest info from E3 this year.
To recap what's in this week's bulletin please find the bullet points below (you can click on the...
It's that time of year again. E3! The Christmas for gamers... in the middle of summer but you still have to wait until Christmas to get all your goodies. Yes the past few days have been quite hectic. Some people (and I'm not naming names or anything but he might be a potato) might have even taken a sick day or two just to make sure that they were able to record and document all the news as it unfolded. However, before with jump in neck deep in news, lets start off with some Halo news.
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I'm going to start this week off a little differently than I normally do, due to all the E3 goodness that was unveiled yesterday, I'd like to get the other details out of the way.
Last week on Red vs Blue...
the Reds and Kimball lead an assault on Alpha site. However their assault was a failure as Chorus soldiers had actually setup an ambush which...