Podtacular 553: Pax West 2016 Recap

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Gaming conventions are not only a great place to explore the latest in tabletop and video games, but also brings people and communities together, especially the Halo community. Pax West, formerly Prime, is the gaming convention to attend if you are a Halo fan with 343 Industries being just outside of Seattle in Redmond. Pax West showcased the latest content update, Anvil’s Legacy along with Halo Wars 2 Strongholds on the show floor, but some Halo community members had a special visit to 343 Industries with a chance to get some hands on time with the new content before release. For this show, we wanted to get a fresh perspective on the Pax attending experience for Halo fans. Sovth, our website designer, Toa Freak from Halo Canon and The Spartacat from Ultimate Halo all attended Pax for the very first time this year and shared their experiences with us.

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Halo: Community Update Recap – The Fall of Leaves

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Another week has brought about another Community Update, this one on the lighter side of information. Bravo briefly recapped that the team is listening and shared some details about seasons, with the Fall Season ending in October. HCS is still very much active with Las Vegas and Orange County events on the horizon, among others. This week a Twitter page dedicated to Halo products called @HaloGear was unveiled, and GrimBrotherOne spoke with the consumer products officer to talk about all things Halo. He also interviewed some authors who worked on the newest Halo novel, Fractures.

You can read more about all the above details and more (such as an interview with ArturBloodshot, the creator of the BTB map Unearthed) by going to HaloWaypoint.com.

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Podtacular 552: The Halo Master Race

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With Anvil’s Legacy update finally out, the first person shooter that was originally slated for PC makes it return on Windows 10!  As long as your system meets the system requirements and has the Windows 10 Anniversary Update applied, you can enjoy Halo in 4K with Forge, Custom Games and the new Content Browser.  The update also brings the browser to the console along with a new Warzone Assault map Temple, Arena map Mercy that is a remake of Haven from Halo 4, and a load of new REQs.  Appearing for his first time on the show, one of our newer volunteers on staff Sovth makes his guest host debut on the show.

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Halo: Community Update Recap – Books, Browsers, and Big Team

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Another week has passed granting us another community update, this one in the wake of the Anvil’s Legacy content drop. Big Team Battle has gotten another map refresh, updating some old maps and adding some new ones. Some insight was given on the development of the content browser, which was planned for much earlier. Temple, the newest addition to Warzone, was examined in-depth. Halo: Fractures, the newest upcoming novel, also got very heavily detailed, revealing some of the new stories. Finally, two new Halo novels were announced, Halo: Smoke and Shadow, and Halo: Envoy.

If you’d like to view some of the other sections in the community update, such as each member of the team’s favourite pre-fabs, or some juicy details about the Forza Horizon 3 Warthog, you can go to HaloWaypoint.com.

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Podtacular 551: Forging Anvil’s Legacy

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We forgot to upload this one before Pax West, so pardon some of the old news, but it still stands that this first piece of free DLC after the guaranteed release of the last update in June is one of the biggest and most exciting! Forge is coming to Windows 10 featuring a new Content Browser with all new prefabrication features, new Requisitions and two new multiplayer maps, one of which is a remake of Halo 4’s Haven.

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343 Industries Partners with AC Worldwide for Unique Halo Bluetooth Speakers

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For the first time, you can experience the sounds of Halo though your very own Halo bluetooth speaker! 343 Industries has partnered with AC Worldwide to  create three officially licensed bluetooth speakers in the form of Master Chief, and Red and Blue Athlon helmets. The speaker stands one foot tall putting out 3W of power per stereo speaker and 10W of power to the subwoofer. When it pairs up to play music, you’ll hear Master Chief’s voice greet you.

You can pre-order yours now over at ACWorldwide.cool/Halo and get 25% off your purchase of any of the three speakers until September 3rd at 10PM EDT.  In addition, you may customize it with your name or gamertag for free.  To get the full technical specifications and additional perks exclusive to pre-orders, head on over to ACWorldwide.cool/Halo/details.

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Halo: Community Update Recap – Anvil’s Legacy Preview

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Following the last content update, Warzone: Firefight, 343 has officially announced Anvil’s Legacy for a September 8th release. The Community Update has showcased a preview of just what this new update will contain. Anvil’s Legacy will release with a brand new content browser and forge pre-fabs, as well as the concurrent release of Forge on Windows 10. A new Halo app will release alongside this that will allow for easier access to all Halo titles on the PC. Mercy and Temple are two new maps for Arena and Warzone: Assault that are coming to Halo 5 as well.

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As far as new requisition content, a full sheet was released in standard fashion. Some highlights are the Hunter Assault Cannon (with an extra variant), a tactical Magnum, four new armour skins, a new scope, and two new sets of weapon skins. 343 will be hosting a live-stream to show off Anvil’s Legacy on September 6th at 2 P.M. PST, which can be viewed on Halo’s official Twitch channel. Of course, there is plenty more that can be learned about this update on Halo Waypoint.

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