Podtacular 573: Three Scarabs

Guess who finally finished the campaign and who’s ready to start talking Halo Wars 2? With the lull in this week’s studio and community news, we are ready to sail into spoiler territory. For now, we take a look at first impressions from the hosts and our community joining us live on Twitch.

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Halo: Community Update – Burn Baby Burn

This month, Halo Wars 2 is receiving its first major changes and a brand new character, an ex-Insurrectionist named Morgan Kinsano. Revealed during a PAX East live-stream (much thanks to Chief Canuck for uploading the entire segment), Kinsano will have brand new units and leader abilities such as a Flame Warthog, a Hellbringer drop pod ability, and Morgan’s legendary unit, her own flamethrower-equipped Cyclops. Kinsano is a DLC leader and will be available to those that own the Season Pass. In other Halo Wars 2 news, a major patch has been dropped, addressing a number of fan complains about units like Sentinels. Plenty have been altered and you can peruse the article itself to view all of the pivotal changes.

Of course, there was plenty of other news tidbits, such as a ton of content from the PAX East stream like concept art, and some details on the state of Halo 5 and the HWC Finals. All of that and more can be viewed at your leisure on HaloWaypoint.com.

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Podtacular 572: Halo’s Patch Tuesday

While Dust Storm is still struggling through the Halo Wars 2 campaign, patches are coming out this week for both Halo 5 and Halo Wars 2 and mostly for multiplayer. Forge possibilities continue to expand, unit balances across the entire Halo Wars 2 experience and a new radar being tested for Arena multiplayer are some of the highlights. Pax East is also this weekend where the team from 343 and Creative Assembly will talk about the story making process for Halo Wars 2 and some upcoming DLC.

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Podtacular 571: Welcome Back to the Ark

Halo Wars 2 is finally out and brings the Halo saga back to the Ark, the Halo making machine we left at the end of Halo 3. After nearly 28 years, the Spirit of Fire crew wakes up to a new Covenant-based faction. We’ll dive into the story in another podcast, but for now, there’s lots of events heading up to the launch of Halo Wars 2 to get caught back up on.

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Halo: Community Update – Wars, Worlds, and Weaponry

Halo Wars 2 has officially released, both the Ultimate Edition and the regular version finally in the hands of Halo fans everywhere. The launch does not signal the end of content though, as proven with Halo 5’s robust post-launch pallet. Halo Wars 2 will have a host of new content like leaders, maps, and a campaign story DLC, most of these coming from the Season Pass. One addition on the horizon is a new leader named Morgan Kinsano, who 343 has been very secretive about thus far, and the legendary Sergeant Forge is already available as a free DLC leader, for a limited time. The next Halo Legendary Crate, themed after the Banished, has also begun shipping, and is full of neat little tie-ins to Halo Wars 2.

On the Halo 5 front, 343 Industries Studio Head Bonnie Ross recently spoke at the DICE Summit and revealed that split-screen is something that will remain in Halo going forward, along with the reassurance of simpler stories in the future. Ske7ch also cheekily responded to the mountain of requests for black undersuits on Spartan characters, stating that they were being “accounted for”. Two brand new skins will be coming to Halo 5, one awarded to the people featured in these community updates, and the other awarded to those that clash with 343 during playdates.

If you’d like to read up on a plethora more information pertaining to Halo, you can peruse the article itself on HaloWaypoint.com and get the full experience.

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Podtacular 570: Zee Updates

The clock ticks away to the launch of Halo Wars 2 and we have not just one, but two Halo Community Updates, Halo Canon and a handful of other announcements. The Blitz Beta had some great outcomes with players clocking more than 90 years of playtime but providing some very useful feedback that’s already making its way into a day-one update. The Classic Helmet REQ pack is available now and the Halo World Championship returns March 24th – 26th in Burbank at ESL Headquarters. 343 has brought in community members to promote some of their latest content updates, which brings some familiar names to the spot light.

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Halo: Community Update – You Can Haz Recon

Halo Wars 2 is only a little over a week away, and the anticipation is reaching a head. 343 Industries released three new trailers this week, a launch trailer, a playful ad named The Sale, and another named The Armrest. For participants of the Blitz beta as well as those that have played both versions of Halo Wars 1, there will be extra card packs awaiting you for completing certain milestones in those respective categories. Speaking of achievements, Halo Wars 2 will have an array of new milestones to unlock, furthering your Gamerscore, and all decorated with various artwork from the game. Halo 5 also received brand new content in the form of a Classic Helmet REQ Pack, for 150K RP or $10. It includes fan-favourites like the original Mark V, EOD, CQB, and notably, Recon. On the subject of helmets, the Timmy helmet has been let loose upon the player-base, and the requirement to get it? 50 hours of custom games. If you want it, get loading into those public lobbies.

If the information above has piqued your interest, you can check out many more alluring details, such as Halo 5 arena balances and the 343 Team Spotlight, in the official article on HaloWaypoint.com.

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