Halo MCC Gets Relic and ODST Next Month

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Announced in the latest content update for the Master Chief Collection, the Relic remake and Halo 3: ODST campaign are slated to drop next month.  ODST is getting the same remastered treatment as the Halo 3 Campaign got with 1080P, 60FPS graphics and Relic is getting the anniversary treatment.  Both will be available alongside next month’s content update, with ODST available to those who played MCC before Dec 19, 2014 and Relic available to everyone for free.

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MCC Patch Notes: Apr 21st

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The latest Halo: The Master Chief Collection content update is now available for download.  The 1.7GB update includes changes across all games in the collection with some new additions addressing quitting/betrayals and ranks in matchmaking.  With the changes in the ranking system, current Halo 2: Anniversary playlist ranks will be reset and ranks will be introduced into other playlists, initially Team Slayer and HCS.  Here’s the details:

Ranking

  • Made a variety of improvements to ranking consistency and penalties.
  • Resolved an issue that could cause a player to rank down excessively, such as dropping multiple levels after a loss.
  • Resolved an issue that caused a player’s rank to appear incorrectly.

Quitting & Betrayals

  • Added new quit and betrayal penalties to matchmaking:
    • In ranked playlists, quitting a match is now treated the same as a loss. Quitting is defined as exiting the game in any fashion. If you quit a match, your ranking will be impacted, and this may result in dropping a level.
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HUNT the TRUTH – Crossing the Black

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When you want to stay away from the prying eyes of ONI, contacting people over ChatterNet a much better option over of Waypoint where ONI software is crawling for keywords eavesdropping on every conversation. It isn’t foolproof, but would prevent a conversation that Benjamin Giraud had last episode with Thomas Wu from getting flagged.  In Ben’s own words, he had just done a unsanctioned follow-up interview with a war camp survivor, accused Wu of lying during his first interview getting him to admit that he lied, and imply ONI had bribed or coerced Wu into telling the lie.  There’s no way to know for certain it was flagged.  We hear Ben trying to think of ways that the conversation he just had could be justified if it was flagged.  Regardless, the conversation had been processed and there was nothing he could do.

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Spartan Locke Trailer and Armor Set with GameStop Pre-Order

In the land of pre-order exclusives, GameStop is coming out ahead of the pack with the Spartan Locke Hunter Class Armor set.  The bonus is available to US pre-orders and will be available at launch to use in multiplayer.  The armor is purely aesthetic and won’t impact performance in matches.  Here’s what you can expect:

  • HUNTER-Class Armor: Sophisticated and lethal, HUNTER-class armor incorporates Watershed Division’s latest warfighting technology.
  • HUNTER-Class Helmet: Though still considered a prototype implementation, the HUNTER’s sensor suite enhances situational and threat awareness.

Source: Xbox Wire

The trailer itself features Spartan Locke expertly using the new Spartan Abilities introduced in Halo 5: Guardians as he hunts for the Master Chief.  Plowing through Covenant enemies, we see the use of the Thruster Pack, Ground Pound, Spartan Charge, Clamber and a new enhanced ODST-like visor mode.  It seems that the Covenant, in addition to the UNSC are hunting the Master Chief as well.  For what purpose we may have to wait until the games release on October 27th.

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Podtacular 475: Grifcon 2015

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Last week, GrifballHub launched their Grifball at RTX Kickstarter.  The last two years, they’ve fundraised their booth for Grifball presence on the show floor with free swag and playable Halo.  This year, they’re looking to do the same thing with some new reward items you can only get through funding the project.  Help support the Halo community and if you’re there in Austin this August, drop by the booth and say, “Hi!”

On the news front this week, Halo: Spartan Strike is now out on Windows 8, Steam and iOS, for $5.99.  The next Halo MCC patch is due this week after passing Xbox certification and addresses ranking fixes including deployment to other playlists, new penalties and monitoring for quitting and betrayals, and updated Halo 3 Forge to include forging game type specific modes.

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Podtacular 474: TheSimms Interview

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Richard Simms, better known as TheSimms is a competitive Halo commentator heralding from the UK.  Simms started playing Halo competitively during Halo 2 and commentating during Halo 4.  We had the pleasure of having him cast during his US debut at the HCS Season One Grand Finals last month at Pax East 2015.  With competitive Halo making a firm comeback, we’re happy to have some overseas talent recognized and holding his own alongside veteran commentators.  We’re privileged to have the opportunity to talk with Simms about his competitive past, his ease into the commentator seat, his thoughts on the Halo Championship Series and what his Halo 5 caster/streamer wishes are.

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Podtacular 473: Cracked Foundations

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As Benjamin Giraud digs deeper into John’s past, the more the truth breaks into the fabricated story laid out by ONI and the UNSC.  What was supposed to be an easy assignment now has Ben questioning everything he’s learned about John’s past.  As he so eloquently puts it in his latest episode, “Do glassed people have bad records?”  Riding on the edges of any leads he can get to invalidate Ellie’s stories of John as a kid and the facts at play about his family and Elysium City, Ben takes huge risks going outside approved interviews, relying on his own sources.  One ONI plant finally snaps under the pressure from Ben, but having the conversation take place over Waypoint could have jeopardized his investigation.

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