Podtacular 566: Incoming Blitz

We have entered the home stretch of the Halo Wars 2 launch with the announcement of the upcoming Blitz multiplayer beta launching on Xbox One and Windows 10 on January 20th. This new game mode takes a twist off of an real-time strategy classic and adds a unique twist to gameplay and strategy with unit cards. While there’s some worry in the Halo community on the likeness to REQ cards from Halo 5: Guardians, this will give us the opportunity to try it for ourselves. Amongst the Halo Wars hype, Halo 5: Guardians continues to get better with community created content, the continuation of the Halo Championship Series and more matchmaking updates.

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Podtacular Special: Halo Bowl II Announcement

The Halo Bowl is back for it’s second tournament and this time we’re growing to six podcasts competing to be crowned the champion of Halo podcasts. While we’re looking forward to competing, we’re also pleased to partner with Gamers Outreach again to help raise money for another GO Kart. To find out more about the Halo Bowl and the changes made for this event, including giveaways, check out our fundraising page on Gamers Outreach by visiting. http://bit.ly/HaloBowl2.

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Halo: Community Update – Ballroom Blitz

February 21st rolls quicker toward us with each passing moment as the first community update of 2017 has been published. For starters, the second official beta for Halo Wars 2, focusing on the all-new Blitz mode, will be launching on the 20th of January, a mere week from now. Blitz, for those that don’t know, is a card-game based mode revolving around set strategies and hasty game-play. It will also be on PC as well as Xbox One, giving PC players their first chance to try out the RTS. Halo Wars 2 is also up for pre-order, and various locations include a host of exclusive bonuses, such as GameStop’s pin collection and the Australia-exclusive steelbook.

Project Haggar was also leaked recently, a Mega-Bloks styled Halo game that was very much only alive in an experimental stage. Still, the game captured the attention of many, and 343 themselves released a statement on it: “Over the past few days, footage has recently made the rounds of an exploratory Xbox 360 project we worked on several years ago, known as “Haggar.” . . . This is just one example of several similar projects we have evaluated throughout the years – a process that we continue exploring on an ongoing basis.” And, of course, another Halo crate is on the way, this time Banished themed, with a stylish Atriox figure that any brute fan will enjoy.

If you’re interested in reading more, such as an interesting interview with 343’s own Olga Zinoveva, a character producer, you can see the rest at HaloWaypoint.com.

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Podtacular 565: Bringing in 2017

It’s a new year bringing in a new Halo and building on the old. The latest content update for Halo 5 is still bringing life to a game that is over a year old, and Halo Wars 2 is coming out next month! There’s a lot to look forward to this year with the possible announcement of Halo 6 at E3 this year and what DLC Halo Wars 2 will receive over the year. For those who have pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition of the game, some are already getting re-acquainted to RTS Halo in the Halo Wars: Definitive Edition. We’re personally excited to see what the year brings us and look forward to making a few changes of our own.

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Podtacular 564: Forging Bounty

Our last podcast of 2016 finds us looking at the delivery of the latest content update for Halo 5: Guardians, Monitor’s Bounty! This year has been an incredible and memorable year for the Halo franchise, and looking back at what’s been accomplished by the studio and the community, it is a great time to be a Halo fan. We’re looking forward to what 2017 will bring us and hope to see you all in the new year!

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Halo: Community Update – Happy Halodays

The final community update of 2016 has landed and wraps a quaint ribbon on this eventful year of Halo. 343 has yet again released the commemorative holiday REQ pack with two festive emblems, for those that may not have grabbed it last year. Speaking of REQ packs, those who attend an HCS event will be gifted a special legendary emblem, and this will roll out to those who have previously attended an event this year. Possibly one of the most anticipated releases of December was Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, available now to those that digitally pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition of Halo Wars 2. 343 is well aware of the delay that some users have had in receiving their copy, and are hard at work to resolve issues. If you don’t purchase the Ultimate Edition, the remastered game will release as a standalone in late 2017.

Of course, there is plenty of extra information packed into this community update (such as a few amazing Forge achievements), and you can read more about it in the article on HaloWaypoint.com.

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Podtacular 563: The Bountiful Monitors

We thought Anvil’s Legacy was the largest update to Halo 5: Guardians. How wrong we were! The latest update touts two new Forge canvases, new mini games features that introduces more craft-able game modes for customs, new matchmaking playlists, observer mode, and so much more! Also released with the content update is the Voices of War REQ pack, which brings new announcer voices to Arena and Warzone. Nothing like an early Halo present to kick off the holidays!

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