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News August 28 2015
Pax Prime Pelican Exclusive at the Dark Horse Comics Booth
At PaxPrime this weekend, make sure you go check out the Dark Horse Comis booth, not just to pick up the latest copy of Escalation, but also this exclusive, miniature Pelican they have available! Wonder if it would work with the Fleet Battles?
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Early Halo 4 Cortana In-HUD Display
Sometimes as developers are working on the game, they leave early builds or ideas in as they replace them with new ones. Lord Zedd was sniffing around Halo 4 and found some early renditions of the Cortana picture in picture. Thanks gamerguy2002! (MacGyver10 19:08:29 UTC) (permalink)
News August 27 2015
MCC Infected: You Might Want to Check That Out
For zombies and the spartans that love to kill them, the Infection playlist is now live in the Master Chief Collection! Go destroy some living-dead before they get your brains!
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Halo: Escalation #21 - The Absolute Record pt 3
Bounce-A-Gon and Vincent just teamed up to let us know the latest in the Halo: Escalation comic series is out! Commander Palmer's Spartan team battles toward the core of the Absolute Record, but a powerful new combatant enters the fray! Go read the latest in this six-part series! (MacGyver10 22:43:27 UTC) (permalink)
News August 26 2015
Banshee Battling in the Valley
Rockslider is back with some new banshee battles after two years away Halo CE's second level. Marines help him deliver the boom that downs those purple flyers. Check out his post in our forum for his site's video, a local version and the YouTube link! (MacGyver10 19:26:57 UTC) (permalink)
The Surprising Twists of Red vs Blue
Really not doing very well at consistent reporting, but hey... it's summer! Three weeks ago, we mentioned that Rooster Teeth had released Red vs Blue Season 13 Episode 15 - 'Armonia, Part One'. Since then, they've released Armonia, Part Two (Doyle acts in a surprising manner), All or Nothing (Locus shows a surprising level of morality), and Great Destroyers (knives provide some surprises). Things are really heating up - just two more episodes! (There was also a PSA - this one should help you narrow down the choices for the next movie to watch.) Go catch up! (Louis Wu 06:26:24 UTC) (permalink)
News August 25 2015
Halo Vanguards YouTube Channel featuring Ducain23, Mr Pokephile and More
There are a lot of people on YouTube making videos about video games, but there are some people that have been doing it so long, and so well, that you know them by name. Ducain23, Mr Pokephile, Gamecheat, Bullet and iSpiteful are some of those names, and they have now teamed up for one YouTube channel called 'Halo Vanguards'. They have a daily release schedule with new content planned Sunday through Saturday. Make sure you follow their YouTube page (or at least check it out) to stay up to date with all things Halo! (MacGyver10 15:24:49 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Community Update 8/21/2015
Looks like we missed the Halo Community Update last week, but Bravo hints at things to come (in particular at PAX Prime this week) with less than 10 weeks to Halo 5: Guardians launch. Some extra info on MCC playlist updates and how player reputation and blocking through the Xbox One affect your gameplay in the collection and a conversation with Musterbrand on the new Halo apparel collection round out the update. Go check it out on HaloWaypoint! (MacGyver10 15:15:03 UTC) (permalink)
News August 24 2015
Ready Up Live's Warzone Gameplay with Spartan Laser, Plasma Pistol and Vehicle Seat Swapping
Bounce-A-Gon has been in our forum linking some great gameplay videos from Ready Up Live the last couple of days. This past Saturday he shared some Halo 5: Guardians plasma pistol gameplay in Warzone and today some new footage of the Spartan Laser/Sniper, Forerunner Phaeton, Mantis and vehicle SEAT SWAPPING! All if it is also at 60 fps and silky smooth! (MacGyver10 21:08:43 UTC) (permalink)
News August 21 2015
'I Love Bees: Definitive Edition' Now Available!
We just mentioned it yesterday, and now it's here! The I Love Bees: Definitive Edition is now available on iTunes and a straight RSS feed. They also made available their full podcast review that starts with the trailer and tells the story - including some fascinating behind-the-scenes tidbits they've unearthed. This is a true love story to the audio drama/ARG of I Love Bees that many of us experienced here on HBO during the Halo 2 release. If you're interested in it at all, do yourself a favor and check out the page they set up for the release of this fan-forged labor of love! (MacGyver10 21:33:40 UTC) (permalink)
Canon Fodder - Jurassic Ark
The first GrimBrother stopped by our forums again this week with another piece of fodder for you canon lovers. This week it's all about the novel 'Halo: Hunters In The Dark', but don't let that stop you from reading this if you've yet to pick up the book (which you should buy if you haven't)! There's plenty on the new characters in the novel, an interesting look at the wildlife mentioned in the book and an interview with the writer himself, Peter David. Go give it a read on HaloWaypoint when you get the chance! (MacGyver10 21:23:06 UTC) (permalink)
Eric Nylund, Amazon and No Correlation
With the recent article in the New York Times about the reported working conditions at Amazon, I guess many in the games industry did a bit more Googling than they normally do. While Eric Nylund (largely known around these parts for penning 'The Fall of Reach') left Amazon in July of this year, Gamespot, IGN and others are reporting it this week as news. Eric posted on his blog that there is no correlation between the New York Times article and his leaving the Amazon Games Studio and that he only cried once while working there. Thanks for starting the conversation Apollo! (MacGyver10 21:17:49 UTC) (permalink)
News August 20 2015
Truthing the Hunt in Season 2
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For fans of Hunt the Truth, the recent audio drama set in the Halo universe, you'll be happy to see the tweet Grizzlei shared in our forum from Frankie himself!
I Love Bees - The Definitive Edition Trailer and Samples
Many around HBO loved the viral ARG that released with Halo 2 called I Love Bees. While bits and pieces of the story are available here and there, Gamewatcher over at BusyGamerNation.com has been cataloging the story told in the radio-style serial that accompanied the I Love Bees marketing campaign, and working his best to remaster the audio from the highest bit-rate samples available.
They will release the new and improved audio odyssey soon (along with a companion podcast to tell its stories and celebrate the ARG itself), but for now they have a few samples to listen to and a trailer of sorts for the undertaking. Go give it a listen before the full experience is released! (MacGyver10 15:37:06 UTC) (permalink)
Rockslider's Ghost Stunting Extravaganza
When you combine the Master Chief with a ghose and three wraiths, normally you'd have a recipe for some quick plasma bombardment or splattered Chief. In the hands of Rockslider though, you have a pretty amazing collection of ghost stunts! Check it out on our forum your video watching preference! (MacGyver10 15:31:53 UTC) (permalink)
News August 19 2015
Podtacular's 500TH Episode and 10th Anniversary
Our good friends over at Podtacular are celebrating not only their 500TH episode, but also the 10th anniversary of the podcast itself! Go give their latest episode a listen as they walk down memory lane highlighting the pinnacles of the podcast and the community around Podtacular, recorded live at RTX! (MacGyver10 19:55:05 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 5 Xbox Controller Closeups from Canada
X15 is going on right now, and the XboxCanada Instagram account has some beautiful closeups of the new Master Chief and Spartan Locke Xbox One controllers for Halo 5: Guardians. This one in particular shows off both controllers very well, but be sure to check out the account page for more! (MacGyver10 19:39:31 UTC) (permalink)
Woaf 117: Part 6 - Done With This Ship
The finale of Woaf 117 series one is here, and it's a doozy! Could Woaf finally be stepping up to be the hero humanity needs him to be? Could he? Check out the last in the series on YouTube, and also take a swing through our forum to let the series creator know what you think! (MacGyver10 19:34:36 UTC) (permalink)
This Warthog Flies
Mid7night has been quietly putting together a sweet paint job on an A-10 airplane in honor of the Covenant elites from Halo. Go see the almost-finished product in all it's blue glory in our forum! (MacGyver10 19:32:02 UTC) (permalink)
Sprint In Halo 2 Could Have Been
Gamerguy2002 left a cool video in our forum showing off some animations for sprint that were tested all the way back in Halo 2! Serpx then shared a comment from Reddit of the actual animator for sprint in Halo 2. The comments there from 'anim8rjb' give some cool insight into the development of a few Halo games and also let him show off some sweet Halo swag! (MacGyver10 19:28:25 UTC) (permalink)
News August 18 2015
UNSC Spartan Loadout
Hyokin pointed out the new collection of Halo-themed streetwear from musterbrand is finally live - intriguing! (Louis Wu 21:43:48 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Time Travel and Evolution
MythicTyrant has gone back and revisited all major titles of the Halo franchise, delineating what he considers their high and low points. Pretty interesting discussion! Go watch.
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Rare Halo Items Up for Grabs
Do you consider yourself a Halo collector? Well you may want to check out PFG's post in our forum. He has rare MacFarlane figures, Mega Bloks test casts, a Halo 2 life size Master Chief prototype and 30 pages of the Halo Graphic Novel in it's original pen and ink! (MacGyver10 14:23:26 UTC) (permalink)
гало лучше, чем судьбы
Remember the Russian Halo Online game? Quirel stopped by in our forum to show off the opening cutscene he had found from the very same game. You can view it (with English subtitles) on YouTube here! (MacGyver10 14:19:19 UTC) (permalink)
News August 17 2015
Halo Community Update 8/14/2015
In addition to last week's Canon Fodder from Grim, Bravo also posted a brand new Halo Community Update on Waypoint. Another recap of some of the Gamescom events is inline, but there is also some very juicy material on HUD designs and the implementation in Halo 5: Guardians. Go check it all out! (MacGyver10 15:47:11 UTC) (permalink)
Still Got It
Sometimes things change. Sometimes things stay the same. Sometimes, some people can't decide which camp they're in and we all benefit. Over at our sister site DBO, you can see what I'm talking about. (MacGyver10 15:44:15 UTC) (permalink)
News August 16 2015
Know For An Answer
Wanna know more about the latest Halo 5 Arena map to be revealed? Or the latest Warzone map? Want the answers to some fairly specific fan-generated questions? This week's Canon Fodder is your best bet for all these things! Thanks, Grim.
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Three Wraiths, Ghost attack
Rockslider took on a few Wraiths on AoTCR - why use anything bigger than a Ghost? Go watch - some fun shenanigans. (Louis Wu 23:07:34 UTC) (permalink)
News August 14 2015
Fan Fiction Friday...ON A FRIDAY?!?!
Hey, we're updating the Fan Fiction with a new story on a Friday! Back in March, HWDP gave us Act 1 Part 1 of his LORC: Beginnings series, and now you can check out the Fan Fiction section for Act 1 Part 2 of LORC: Beginnings! It's a great read on Naki 'Cimutee, an elite in the Covenant Special Sciences Ministry on High Charity! (MacGyver10 19:04:21 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Bulletin Ep 22
Episode 22 of 'The Bulletin' is up over at HaloWaypoint. Jay shares more about the Halo Championship Series, the new limited edition Halo 5: Guardians Xbox console, a recap of series 2 of the HCS and hints at some new Mega Bloks to be shown off August 28th! It's here on YouTube as well! (MacGyver10 18:58:27 UTC) (permalink)
WOAF 117 part 5 - Keep Your Friends
The Woaf shared part 5 of his parody Woaf 117 series. Now that Sgt. Avery Johnson has arrived, Woaf's prayers have to be answered...right? Check it out here on YouTube! (MacGyver10 18:54:33 UTC) (permalink)
Old Mark VI Mini-Chief Painted Prettily
Back in 2006, bluvasa saw a painted up miniature Master Chief that inspired him to do something similar. After years of work, he's finally pleased enough with the project to show it off on the forum! It looks amazing! (MacGyver10 18:49:23 UTC) (permalink)
News August 13 2015
Mister Chief and Mister Locke? Lockelz? Lockleberry?
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We missed these wonderful pins from Gamescom, but thanks to a tweet from Bonnie Ross, we can at least see Mister Chief and...Mister Locke in beautiful pin form? Wonder how we at HBO could get some of these to give away?
News August 12 2015
UFC Heavyweight Champion Punches In for Halo 5
Fans of mixed martial arts will be pleased to hear that UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum will cameo in Halo 5: Guardians according to a backstage demo at Gamescom. Apparently the bruiser is a fan of Halo and the folks at Halo are big fans of his! (MacGyver10 19:02:15 UTC) (permalink)
Halo, rated 'T' for TV?
Some noise has been made over the latest installment in the Halo universe receiving a 'T' rating rather than the usual 'M' rating most all Halo games have worn on their sleeve. While most would agree the Halos of the past could have easily been rated 'T', Forbes takes a look at eSports and how they might have influenced the decision to drop the rating down a peg on Halo 5: Guardians. (MacGyver10 18:52:27 UTC) (permalink)
News August 11 2015
A Playable Character from the Halo Science Fiction Universe
Almost 5,000,000 articles in English, and guess which one Wikipedia picked as their Featured Article for today? Thanks Gravemind! (MacGyver10 15:32:34 UTC) (permalink)
News August 10 2015
Fan Fiction Update (a bit late)
Andrew Werth submitted a Fan Fiction piece a couple of weeks ago -but we simply didn't see it. Apologies to anyone following his 'Halo: Echo' story - the next chapter is up now in the Fan Fiction section! (Louis Wu 19:44:21 UTC) (permalink)
'It Looked Too Real'
Sometimes a genetically-enhanced, cyborg super-solider fighting a zealous sect of religious aliens on a space station just isn't science fictiony enough, or at least the writers at Kotaku seem to think so. AfroRyan point out an article at Kotaku that feels Halo 5: Guardians is becoming a little too like other modern military shooters. Check it out if you'd like! (MacGyver10 15:13:56 UTC) (permalink)
Never Trust the Dice
We've been reading and seeing a lot about the new Halo: Fleet Battles tabletop game from Spartan Games, but our own forum user Jaydee shared his experience commanding the UNSC against the relentless Covenant. It's a great read for those interested in the gameplay of the new game! (MacGyver10 15:11:39 UTC) (permalink)
Canon Fodder: Rhine Installation
GrimBrother One stopped by with word of another Canon Fodder last week. You can read the words at HaloWaypoint for more information on the Gamescom reveals, some lore on two of the new Halo 5 maps and the SDCC panel on the Hunt The Truth audio series! (MacGyver10 15:08:33 UTC) (permalink)
News August 7 2015
Digital Foundry Shows Halo 5 Locked at 60fps
This day and age, games can't just be about how they play or the fun you can have, but it's all about the numbers. For those that care, Digital Foundry has a new video up showing off the locked-in 60fps that Halo 5 is sporting these days. A bonus is the multiplayer footage featuring some in-game clips of levels I hadn't seen yet! (MacGyver10 16:03:28 UTC) (permalink)
T for Teen, Not T for Teabag
Halo 5: Guardians will be the first mainline Halo game to be rated T for Teen instead of M for Mature. For a little explanation on that, profhalo let us know that the Game Idealist has an article up on the ESRB's explanation. (MacGyver10 15:44:18 UTC) (permalink)
News August 6 2015
Halo 5: Guardians LE Console Shown Off
If you saw the announcement of the new LE Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One console, you might be thirsty for some more information on this sweet LE gaming device. The Day 2 video of Xbox Daily from Gamescom should give you all the juicy bits you're looking for on the design of this XBO. The included link even jumps you straight to the Halo-related parts! (MacGyver10 19:59:13 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 5 Campaign Twice the Length of Halo 4
According to the folks at Gamesradar, the new campaign with Halo 5: Guardians will be twice the length of Halo 4's campaign! According to what they were told at Gamescom, it started out even bigger that twice Halo 4's length, but you'll still spend quality time in human, forerunner and covenant worlds! (MacGyver10 19:22:57 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Wars 2 Developer Is Hiring
Looks like Creative Assembly, the UK-based development studio behind the newly announced Halo Wars 2 is hiring! Go see if a career in developing a brutish Halo RTS is in your future! (MacGyver10 15:39:26 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 5 Prima Guides Available for Pre-Order
Prima, the maker of many official video game guides, just revealed their Halo 5: Guardians offerings this week. It will come in three different flavors: the electronic e-guide, the standard edition and a collector's guide with an unannounced bonus DLC. Thanks Urban Reflex!
Update: Looks like 343 put up a small preview of two map breakdowns from the guide. (MacGyver10 14:56:22 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 5: Guardians Blue Team Campaign B-Roll Video
We've seen bits and pieces of the campaign footage now from many different sources, but now we have a lot of bits and pieces of campaign footage in one B-roll video! There's a lot of Master Chief and the rest of Blue Team wreaking havoc on some Covenant, talking grunts, video of the revive mechanic and some banshee fun! Thanks Apollo! (MacGyver10 14:50:22 UTC) (permalink)
ReclaimerHub Covers Gamescom
Mixmasterchief let us know that ReclaimerHub has made some video speculating and summing up both the Halo 5 news and the newly announced Halo Wars 2! (MacGyver10 14:47:38 UTC) (permalink)
News August 4 2015
Halo 5: Guardians Pink Mist Edition
Think you had heard about all the different editions of Halo 5: Guardians? Think again! Across the pond, GAME has a full 1:1 Covenant Needler replica with sound fx from the game and needles that retract as you fire! The Halo 5: Guardians, Pink Mist Edition includes the Limited Collector's Edition and comes in at a whopping $700 in US dollars! (MacGyver10 21:25:20 UTC) (permalink)
Woaf 117: part 4 Noobageddon
The Woaf stopped by today with part 4 of his Woaf 117 series. There's a lot of wallowing in this one, but will Chief find the leader inside, or will he find nothing but explodey corridors! Check it out on YouTube to find out! (MacGyver10 21:22:43 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 5: Guardians LE Console and Controllers Pre-Order
The Halo 5: Guardians pre-order page has been updated with the newly announced LE console and a pair of sweet new XBO controllers. The LE console includes the LE version of the game and FOTUS-class armor and multiplayer emblem along with it's metallic accents and custom sound effects. The new Spartan Locke and Master Chief-inspired controllers include a bonus REQ pack with in-game visors mimicking those of their respective homages. If you're in need of an Xbox One or controller, now might be a great time to get one! (MacGyver10 17:12:33 UTC) (permalink)
Halo World Championship in 2015
As a part of the Gamescom Reveals today, Xbox and 343 Industries announced the Halo World Championship where gamers will compete for a share of $1,000,000 in prize money. You can watch this YouTube video for more information on the competitive series that launches later this year with Halo 5 Arena multiplayer.
Update: Here is the official page on Halo Waypoint for the HWC. (MacGyver10 15:42:58 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Wars 2 In 2016!
The Surprise announcement of the show, Xbox and 343 Industries have just revealed that Halo Wars 2 will be coming Fall of 2016!
Update: For those desiring official proof, here you go!
Update2: And here's the YouTube video reveal.
Update3: And finally, Halo Waypoint has posted a page with the announcement trailer and a few screen grabs. (MacGyver10 15:28:48 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Gamescom Reveals
343 Industries just showed off some new footage and features at Gamescom in Germany during the Microsoft Xbox Briefing. We have a brand new Arena map called Coliseum, new features in Arena multiplayer like player outlines during a match, the Halo World Championship was announced with a $1 Million dollar prize pool, new maps for Arena and Warzone multiplayer shown off and a limited edition Halo 5: Guardians console with the a 1TB hard drive and the digital game included! We're sure there will be more details soon, but that is just what we've seen so far! (MacGyver10 15:14:52 UTC) (permalink)
News August 3 2015
Halo Update 080215 - Gamescom, Power Cores and More
Bravo and company have safely landed in Europe to get ready for Gamescom this week, but for now they've teased us with a pretty good update ahead of this week's reveals. There's info on their Gamescom schedule, links to the HCS Season 2 recap, Frankie's short story and Josh Holmes dev blog and a really cool history of the power cores in Halo 5's new Warzone gametype. Go give it a read at HaloWaypoint! (MacGyver10 21:48:20 UTC) (permalink)
Podtacular Special: SDCC Interview with Matt Forbeck
At SDCC, the Podtacular crew had a chance to interview Matt Forbeck on what it was like to write for the Halo universe for the first time, his love for Buck and how Halo 3: ODST inspired him in his authorship of 'New Blood'. Go check it out and give it a listen. (MacGyver10 21:40:21 UTC) (permalink)
Canon Fodder: Lore of The Rings
Mr. GrimBrother One himself stopped by last week to announce the latest Canon Fodder up at HaloWaypoint. There's trivia, a little Q&A and some information on the textual side of the Halo universe in there. (MacGyver10 21:34:55 UTC) (permalink)
Should You Choose to Accept It
Not much of a news item per say about the Halo universe, but thought we'd let you know that Compton pointed out something of interest to Halo fans going to see the new Mission Impossible movie that you might want to see. (MacGyver10 21:32:32 UTC) (permalink)
News August 1 2015
Who needs space?
Quirel found some awesome pictures of upcoming goodies from Spartan Games... go check out his post!
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Catching up on RvBS13
The heat here in Seattle has fried my brain; we're two weeks behind on Red vs Blue Season 13. And that's no good, because the series is AWESOME. Episode 14, Counseling, focuses on getting people who don't like each other to find nice things to say about each other (yeah, that doesn't always work), while Episode 15, Armonia, Part One, gets Carolina to face an old foe. Events are barreling along towards the season finale - go watch! (Louis Wu 23:05:07 UTC) (permalink)