The Halo Bulletin: 11.6.13
Exactly one year ago today, I woke up in Dallas, Texas (after commentating the first ever Halo 4 tournament), hopped on an early morning flight to Los Angeles (to participate in a Halo 4 live stream at the Machinima HQ), and hours later got on another flight to Seattle (where one of the official Halo 4 launch events was taking place). Across all three cities, Halo 4 was the only thing on my brain. Fast forward to today: Not only is Halo 4 still the only thing on my brain (and by only thing, I mean one of two things, the other having something to do with cloaked super soldiers and sand-covered creatures), but I also found myself faced with an even bigger challenge: a birthday cake needed to be cut, and lucky for the studio I just so happen to have a very unique skillset perfect for that job.
During our mini celebration, we reflected on the last year, watched some video footage from the development of Halo 4 (we may show this to you in the near future) and consumed mass amounts of Halo 4 birthday cake and adult inebriants. I was then lucky enough to cut the cake, with the assistance of a tiny (and rather adorable) helper:
Wearing the Master Chief armor was a pretty unique experience. The official suit is made up of around 15 lightweight foam pieces, a skintight jumpsuit, a helmet with a built-in fan, and a 30 lb. Battle Rifle, which gets pretty heavy after around an hour. I always loved the BR, but now I'm not exactly sure how easy it'd be to land four-shot kills (or even carry the thing) after a few hours.
Halo 4 Birthday Fiesta
If you are reading this on Wednesday (or any time prior to 10 A.M. UTC on 11/7/13), the in-game birthday festivities are still ongoing! We've got a special edition giveaway and a 24-hour only playlist available, so if you haven't yet hopped into Halo 4 Matchmaking, you may want to fire up your Xbox while you continue reading. Or, you may have already fired up your Xbox and may no longer be reading.
Matchmaking Playlist Update
This coming Monday, Multi-Team will return as our featured Matchmaking playlist! This time around, the playlist will feature four teams of three players each (rather than six teams of two players each). We'll also be offering Multi-Regicide, which was the clear favorite in last week's Community Choice Poll.
In Multi-Regicide, each team of three must choose to go on the offensive and attack other teams (and their King) or to defend an area in hopes that the opposition will come to them. The flow of the gameplay has similarities to Halo 3's "VIP" game type, and we very much look forward to hearing your feedback. Also, be sure to check back for next week's Halo Bulletin where we'll have a new Community Choice Poll for you to vote on.
Community Playdate: Multi-Team
On Monday, the 343 team will be heading into Matchmaking to play the new Multi-Team playlist from 7-9 P.M. PST. Myself and several other 343'ers will be bravely searching in the playlist, and undoubtedly be assigned random teams and teammates. We'll have around five of us total, which means that if you match with us, your performance may very well determine the allocation of bragging rights amongst the 343 team, and possibly whether or not someone keeps their job. Just kidding. Maybe.
Screenshot Spotlight - ODST
Two weeks ago, we turned the spotlight on Oddball. This week, we decided to go with a rather shocking type of trooper. Take a gander at the following ODST screenshots, and then capture your own for your chance at being featured in a future Bulletin.
With that, this week's Bulletin comes to a close. Thanks for your support over the past year, and we hope you'll join us for many more.