The Halo Bulletin: 1.15.14
Playing Halo can take many shapes and forms. Often times this is dependent on factors such as which game types or playlists you are playing, and in many cases also dependent on who you are playing with. Earlier this week, we were playing with you in our most recent community playdate, and as expected, it was awesome. We played many matches of 8 vs. 8 SWAT custom games, and I do believe that I spent more time laughing than actually playing, despite going on an unprecedented nine-game win streak. I'd like to thank my community comrades for carrying me to victory each game, and also let you know that I often remind all of my co-workers just how dominant we were. Every day. (bs angel edit: confirmed. Sigh.)
As I started to say earlier, who you're playing Halo with often makes all the difference between a great time and an unforgettable time, and playing community matches this week was nothing short of fantastic. Between the man from Wales who stayed up until 4 am to participate in the playdate to those of you who would not stop asking questions about future projects (we are not discussing future projects), to those who topped the leaderboard each match, thanks for playing, and we hope to see you online again soon! Speaking of, let's talk about what is coming to matchmaking on Monday.
Matchmaking Playlist Update
This coming Monday, we've got a bunch of new experiences coming to Halo 4 Matchmaking across several different playlists. Let's get into the details!
Starting Monday we'll have two weeks of Team DLC, which will feature a healthy mix of game types: Slayer, King of the Hill, Extraction, SWAT, Snipers, Ricochet, Regicide, and Oddball variants will be available on the following maps:
We hope that you enjoy the Team DLC featured playlist, which will be available until February 3rd. As always, head on over to the War Games Feedback section and let us know what you think once you've had a chance to play some games.
There is an ancient saying that goes something like "There's always room for more crazy in Action Sack." We couldn't agree more, and the Matchmaking Systems team has been working with the Community Cartographers on some brand new Halo 4 game types.
The classic Plasma-Pistol-One-Hit-Kill game type is back! We've worked with Forger petetheduck to bring this game type to play Halo 4 Matchmaking, and he's created an incredibly bright and colorful speedball-inspired map to chase down your Plasma Pistol commendations. Jump height is reduced, and each player has one life per round.
Husky Raid is a unique linear Capture the Flag experience that provides the perfect amount of chaos for those who like to press into combat over, and over, and over again. Each team spawns with random weapons at their flag platform, opposite the other team. Only a single-lane valley separates them, so there is only one way in, and one way out. If you've ever imagined all eight players in the same lane, playing tug-of-war in between bases, then you might have a good idea of how Husky Raid plays. This game type has appeared as a popular custom game type in past titles, and The Fated Fire has made it possible in Halo 4 as well as helped us bring it into Matchmaking.
Clang of the Hill
Aptly named for the loud, rich sound of Energy Swords clashing against one another, Clang of the Hill is a 4 vs. 4 King of the Hill game type with Thruster Packs and swords designed by SNIPE 316. Dodge, slice and dice your way to victory.
Last week's Community Choice Poll revealed that King of the Hill was the most voted for by a narrow margin. As a result, the game type will be available in Matchmaking next week! Below is the map pool for KotH Doubles.
Whether it be in Team DLC, Action Sack, or Doubles, we'll see you in Matchmaking next week!
Halo: Mortal Dictata
The third and final novel that concludes the New York Times bestselling "Kilo-Five Trilogy" will be available this Tuesday! This novel ties into Halo 4, and will continue to influence the content in all future Halo games. For a peek into the story, see below.
Halo: Mortal Dictata, the Covenant War is over but hatred, guilt, and devotion endure beyond the grave. The Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. The angry, bitter colonies, still with scores to settle from the insurrection put on hold for thirty years, now want justice -- and so does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his daughter was abducted for the SPARTAN-II program. Black ops squad Kilo-Five find their loyalties tested beyond breaking point when the father of their Spartan comrade, still searching for the truth about her disappearance, prepares to glass Earth's cities to get an answer. How far will Kilo-Five go to stop him? And will he be able to live with the truth when he finds it? The painful answer lies with a man long dead, and a conscience that still survives in the most unlikely, undiscovered place.
Halo Mega Bloks Update
We've got an update for those of you following the Halo MEGA Bloks ONI REAP-X line! Coming soon is the UNSC Quad Walker, which is a highly advanced prototype walker based loosely on a number of Covenant models, including the Locust. Deployed from space much like a drop pod, the Walker's primary weapons are two plasma cannons, similar to the Covenant's Shade turret. The set will include a copper Covenant anti-vehicle Shade turret and a pair of figures: a Recon Spartan and a gold Storm Elite.
Community Interview: Stephanie, The Female Master Chief
Last week, we stumbled upon a blog that showcased an epic Master Chief photo shoot. Naturally, we were rather intrigued, so I reached out to the author to find out more. I caught up with Stephanie a few days later, and we talked about the Master Chief, cosplay, and (wedding) cake.
What is your favorite thing about Halo, and what are some of the aspects of the universe that have pulled you in as a fan?
I wore the costume for Halloween. It was the BEST Halloween EVER!! I stood outside in my driveway perfectly still (I had a friend acting as my "interpreter" since I wasn't talking) and waited to see people's reactions...some people thought I was a statue or robot. There were a few near misses when cars would drive by because most of the drivers were shocked to see the Master Chief standing in the driveway with a Plasma Rifle! So many of the kids recognized the Master Chief (and a large number of the dads, as well). I'm still trying to figure out how some of the moms would think I was a Transformer. But the absolute BEST was when a little five-year-old girl saw me, squealed, and screamed, "It's Halo...it's the Master Chief! I love Halo! I love the Master Chief!!" And then she asked me for a hug. When I took off my helmet...she was even more excited to see it was a girl inside the costume. Turning around, she told her mom that she wanted to be a Master Chief, too. Best moment of the night! I love that a five-year-old girl is as excited about Halo and the Master Chief as I am! :)
I've not cosplayed at an event but now that I can be the Master Chief, I'm already looking at plans for 2014. I just have to fit it in between shooting weddings and sessions. Anyone have an extra Needler or Energy Sword on hand?
Screenshot Spotlight: Deadeye
Last week, we turned the spotlight on the best of 2013. This week, we decided to go with a rather stunning Spartan helmet. Take a gander at the following Deadeye screenshots, and maybe even find inspiration to make your own.
And with that, this week's Bulletin comes to a close. Until next week,