Podtacular 585: Installation 01

It’s been a while since we’ve dedicated an entire show to a community project, but this one has caught our attention and we’re very interested in Installation 01, a fan-made Halo game as a tribute to the Bungie style of Halo for all PC platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux. We have the privilege of having the founder, project co-lead and creative director TheChunkierBean and co-lead Church on to answer our community’s questions regarding the project. Along with them are their Senior Art Lead Greg Wasdyke and Animation Director Matthew Lake. In addition to all of our questions we asked, they posted a lengthy question and answer article over on their website. We are very excited to see the development of this project grow. Keep up with the latest news including weekly updates from the team over at Installation01.org.

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Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare Announced; Heralds the Return of the Flood

Halo has always had a presence at Microsoft’s annual E3 conference, and this year, that tradition has not been broken with the announcement of Halo Wars 2’s latest expansion: Awakening the Nightmare. Officially revealed on the Xbox after-show, the downloadable content will bring about the return of a fan-favourite enemy, the Flood, and focus on the Banished and their crusade against the nightmarish parasites. The expansion will also include the addition of two multiplayer leaders, Jerome and Ripa ‘Moramee’s Arbiter, and two brand new maps. Another feature coming with this DLC expansion is Terminus Firefight, a new cooperative mode focusing on defense from hordes of enemy forces. Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare will be separate from the Halo Wars 2 Season Pass and available for $19.99 USD this upcoming fall.

GrimBrother One provides a variety of extra details on not only this expansion but future updates to Halo Wars 2 in the full article on HaloWaypoint.com.

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Podtacular 584: Making Barvo

We have another week of light Halo news from the studio and community, but we are excited to have our first guest on of the summer: Cary Gunner Lee, project lead behind making the real-life “Barvo” helmet. In the interview, we talk about the build process behind the helmet and the origins that brought this homage to Bravo’s MLG career alive. On the news side of things, Halo 5: Guardians ranked matchmaking now has a leaderboard available on Halo Waypoint. We are also hoping to see some exciting Halo news next week during the Xbox Media Brief at E3.

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Podtacular 583: I’m a Miner

We’re welcomed with another week of only a tad bit of Halo news, but E3 is coming in just a couple of weeks. With no announcement of Halo 6 in sight, we speculate on what we could see at the Xbox Press Brief regarding Halo. Project Contingency released a Q&A video regarding their project to bring traditional Halo multiplayer to the PC. In the latest community update, Grim’s Canon Fodder gives us a little history behind the new mech units in the Johnson leader update.

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Podtacular 582: Knowing What Ladies Like

One of Halo’s iconic characters, Sgt. Avery Johnson returns to the fray in Halo Wars 2 multiplayer bringing powerful mech units to the battlefield and providing some classic Johnson wit along with him. The fan project, Installation 01, also released a cinematic trailer showing off some of their latest work bringing Bungie-style Halo to PC with the Unity engine.

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Podtacular 581: Turbo Time

The last week has been a pretty good week for Halo 5: Guardians. Warzone Turbo is back, Team EnVyUs took first place at UMG Daytona, defeating the world champions Optic Gaming and Dan Ayoub left 343 Industries. The community is quite a buzz too with Forge Hub looking for Forgers to remake High Grounds for a ‘classic’ playlist coming to matchmaking, Halo Customs is putting on a Battle Golf Forging contest in partnership with 343 Industries, someone made a holographic Cortana appliance integrated with the Windows 10 assistant, and there’s a fan Kickstarter project called S-117.

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Podtacular 580: Worms

Colony has made its entrance into Halo Wars 2 after a delay to fix a game-breaking bug. Big Team Battle also gets a much needed matchmaking refresh with new maps and the Assault mode included. The HCS Summer 2017 Season enters its second week with the final changes and settings locked in.

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