The Halo Bulletin: 8.21.13
The Champions Bundle released yesterday! I had a chance to sneak in some games in the playlist, and noticed that everyone loves their new stuff - in particular, lots of Prefect armor, loyalty stances and Assault Rifle Teeth skins. Also, you could say that Ricochet may have been the most popular voting option. Okay, okay, everyone voted for Ricochet. This week, I bugged some 343'ers about their favorite parts of the Champions Bundle DLC, and also weighed in myself.
Speaking of awesome armor, we've also updated the Halo Waypoint app on Xbox 360 to include the new armors in the Champions Bundle, which means that players who have Kinect can check out their new armor in Spartan Reflection.
As a reminder, even if you haven't picked up the Halo 4 Champions Bundle yet, there are new shiny toys waiting for you in Halo 4. Two new Support Upgrades, Survivor and Recharge, are now available for you to try out in your Loadout. For the full details of these armor mods and the update, head here.
Halo 4 Global Championship Update
After five grueling weeks of competition over Xbox LIVE, the Halo 4 Global Championship online qualifier has come to a close. With tons of competitors looking for the top spots each week, the online qualifier brought out some of Halo 4's top talent. As each week concluded, fewer and fewer spots remained, and only the most dedicated players can say that they'll be heading to Seattle in just over a week. This said, here are the confirmed winners from weeks 2-4. For weeks 2 and 4, you'll notice that we have listed only three confirmed players - we have recently removed players who were identified as cheaters, and are currently waiting to hear back from the next eligible players.
Confirmed Week 3 Winners:
Confirmed Week 4 Winners:
If you are a week 5 winner, you'll be receiving an email this week (if you have not already). Keep an eye on your inbox.
Part of the team is in Cologne, Germany this weekend for Gamescom! As a reminder, the last chance to qualify for the Halo 4 Global Championship finals is the walk-up, in-person tournament at the Xbox booth on the Gamescom show floor. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will feature individual tournaments, with the top two FFA players each day advancing to the finals in Seattle. Again, we cannot guarantee that all attendees will be able to participate ('cause Gamescom is kinda' huge). However, if you are 18 years of age, meet all other eligibility requirements in the rules and are willing to immediately hop on a plane to the United States to compete in the finals the following weekend against other top players for a $200,000 first place prize, then get yourself over to Hall 6 early each morning for a chance to get a spot in the competition. Best of luck, Gamescom, and we can't wait to have the top 6 players join us in Seattle next weekend!
Halo 4 Global Championship Finals
The Halo 4 Global Championship finals will be taking place in Seattle, WA from August 30th - September 1st, and we'll have gameplay streaming live all weekend. To watch the preliminary rounds on Friday and Saturday, head over to http://www.Twitch.tv/343Industries where we'll have gameplay from some of your favorite players, and floor reporting with updates, player interviews and match commentary. Be sure to tune in to see which players are able to advance through to Sunday!
Matchmaking Playlist Update
The next regularly scheduled playlist update will be on September 3rd, and there are a few upcoming items that are worth highlighting. Before that, though, we've got some updates coming this Monday.
On September 3rd, when Ricochet becomes available to all players, we'll be releasing an official, limited-time-only Ricochet playlist, where you'll be able to play Halo 4's newest game type across six different maps. Based on feedback from the Champions Bundle DLC, we'll be optimizing the game type's settings. Overall, we may be adjusting score limit, time limit and goal placement to create optimal settings across all maps. The map selection will be as follows:
Ricochet will also be included in the Multi-Team playlist on September 3rd. We're very much looking forward to seeing community-forged Ricochet maps and considering them for Matchmaking at a later date. We also have a feeling that heavily customized Ricochet mini-games are going to be awesome.
Screenshot Spotlight - Mongoose
Last week, we turned the spotlight on the color green. This week, we decided to go with everyone's favorite two-seater. Take a gander at the following Mongoose screenshots, and then capture your own for your chance at being featured in next week's Bulletin.
With that, this week's Bulletin comes to a close. If you'll be online in the Champions Bundle DLC playlist this week, I'll have my heels on the edge of my platf on Pitfall. See you there.