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Just when we thought one Showdown was enough, 343 has announced in their latest Halo Bulletin that Pax Prime will feature it’s own Showdown on Halo 2 Anniversary. We were very excited to watch the Gamescom Showdown finals and see European pro team TCM take home the first place prize. Now we have the Americans to give their go at Halo 2 Anniversary for the same prize purse of $10K. If you’re going to be at Pax Prime this year, you will have the opportunity to play for a spot in the Showdown at the Astro Gaming booth with games of the showdown being broadcast on Saturday and Sunday. Also on Saturday is the Halo panel at 11:00A PDT with more delicious Master Chief Collection goodness. Make sure you hit us up on Twitter if you’re going to be in town next weekend.
From Gamescom, 343 Industries continues to gives us more tidbits of information expanding on the announcements made during the Xbox briefing on Monday. From the Xbox booth they have had two streams covering different areas of the Master Chief Collection.
Halo Channel and Halo 2 Anniversary
On Tuesday morning, Geoff Keighley sat down with Kiki Wolfkill and Dan Ayoub. The first part of the interview focused on the Halo Channel, which is not a replacement of Halo Waypoint, but more of an evolution of it. Kiki explains that the channel is designed to behave like premium TV programming and is geared to be an interactive entertainment channel. One example of this is the Halo Bulletin will become a weekly video production that will be featured on the Halo Channel.
Continuing our Gamescom coverage, more details about the Master Chief Collection continue to surface from interviews with 343 Industries to YouTubers uploading gameplay footage from Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer. Since the Xbox briefing on Tuesday, Xbox put on two different streams to dive further into the information presented during the briefing. Our next glimpse at the Master Chief Collection will be at Pax in two weeks. Meanwhile, we wrap up our Gamescom coverage and can’t wait to get our hands on it in Seattle.
At E3, we got our first looks at the remastered Halo 2 Anniversary Campaign on Cairo Station, the first playable mission in the game. At GamesCom, 343 showed off live gameplay from Delta Halo during the Xbox Press briefing and in subsequent streams throughout the week. The remastered campaign will feature instant switching between old and new graphics running at 1080p, 60fps and have Xbox Live Co-op campaign for up to two players.
Gamescom has been a whirlwind of Halo information and juicy details on the upcoming Master Chief Collection. At the end of the Xbox Press event Tuesday morning, Halo took to the stage to tell us about the upcoming Halo Channel App for Xbox one and Windows 8.1 devices, more details on the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, live gameplay demo of Delta Halo, and Sanctuary unveiled as the next map to officially join the Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer experience. On this impromptu podcast, we discuss everything revealed during the Halo presentation and other information released throughout the day.
During yesterday’s Halo presentation in the Xbox briefing, Sanctuary was officially announced to join Ascension, Coagulation and Zanzibar in Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer. Sanctuary is one of the more iconic competitive maps from Halo 2 and earns a well-deserved spot in the remastered multiplayer experience. Two more maps are yet to be revealed with Lockout being unofficially announced by Frankie on NeoGAF, and Beaver Creek being speculated from it’s appearance in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta trailer.
Get a First Look at the Next Generation of Halo Multiplayer
During the Xbox Press briefing, 343 Industries took to the stage to talk about Halo: The Master Chief Collection. During the Halo presentation, they showed off more of what’s to come with the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta coming this December. Not only will the beta focus on an arena style of Halo gameplay, but is an opportunity for 343 to get valuable fan feedback during the development of the multiplayer experience.
The multiplayer beta includes 11 weapons, 7 maps, 3 game modes and 7 armor sets you can customize. The arena shooter focus of the beta will include 4v4 games to refine the competitive nature at the core of the Halo experience. The multiplayer beta also features “Fair Starts” as described by Quinn DelHoyo: