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Gaming conventions have already kicked off for the year and Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX is no exception. While there wasn’t a Halo presence at PAX East this year, as a gamer on the east coast, it’s a hard event to pass up. For us, the big games of interest were Titanfall and the announcement of the Borderlands Pre-sequel. Our PAX experience this time, however was filled with what most people would get out of a PAX experience: waiting in lines, walking the show floor over and over, and attending various panels instead of our normal shenanigans of handing around what Halo presence or booth there has been in the past since we’ve been going. My good friend Vanirfreyja was there along the journey for the PAX East weekend and joins us as we take a look back at the highlights of the expo.
Over the course of a studio’s lifetime, the fans get to know some of the people behind the games they play and they earn our love and support as they continue working on future projects. The future of one such iconic personality, Marty O’Donnell was changed forever as his employment with Bungie was terminated last week. In this special episode, we team up with Guardian Radio, one of our sister podcasts over on the Podkast Network to talk about the influence Marty has had on the Halo and Bungie communities and the futures that are yet to come for Bungie and Marty himself. This is not the end of Marty’s career nor a stumbling block for the success of Destiny that is sure to come, but it has a left a lot of people with saddened spirits about the news, but warm-felt expressions of enthusiasm and support for wherever Marty’s journey may take him. Mark Turcotte and Derrick Smith from Guardian Radio and Layne Thomas join us this week to discuss this unfortunate news and what it means for us as Marty fans.
This podcast is a little late, due to some IRL things going on with the hosts, but we had a truck load of information roll on down last week. Ridley Scott will be working on a Halo Digital Feature that is separate from the Halo TV show, but to which many are speculating about the possibility of a Halo movie. Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now will be coming to Windows Phone 8.1. The multiplayer service that offered the server browser for Halo: PC will be shutting down May 31, 2014. Finally, all your matchmaking updates are in this week’s Halo Bulletin.
Microsoft breaks out of their shell and has decided to put Halo on a platform other than the Microsoft Store or the Xbox Marketplace. On Wednesday, Waypoint announced that Spartan Assault will be coming to the Steam platform making the game available for Windows Vista and Windows 7 along with its Xbox and Windows 8 counterparts. Murmurs have started to come up regarding other Halo titles possibly coming to the Steam platform after last year’s findings by the community of having Halo: CE, Halo 2 and Halo 3 entries on the platform. Phil Spencer facilitates speculative talks about a Halo 2 Anniversary in that if it was being developed, it would have to be “fantastic”. The next few months of rotational matchmaking playlists has cropped up in this week’s Halo Bulletin. From podcasts long passed, we also dive into our mailbag and read out some of your thoughts.
Titanfall was one of 2014′s most anticipated games and it definitely lived up to the community driven hype it deserved. It kinda reminds you of another game that used to have that kind of appeal. This episode, we take a look at some of the things Halo can take away from the success of Titanfall and apply it to the future of the franchise. We’re not talking about copying gameplay mechanics, but rather ideals and development processes behind the game. aPolishKorean and Justin Bryce from the Drunken Halo Podcast join us in our two hour discussion about Titanfall and Halo. As usual, we cover the latest in Waypoint news, which deserves some special recognition this week. The lovely Jessica Shea has moved up in her Spartan training to become the Studio Operations Program Manager, leaving Andy Dudynsky to take the position of Community Manager. We congratulate both on their accomplishments and wish them the best in their new positions.
The Halo Community is one of great passion, commitment and generosity, so it’s no surprise that our guests from GrifballHub tonight already have a fully funded Kickstarter for a booth at RTX, all supported by the community. Goosechecka and Kalbelgarion give us the four-one-one on what their plans are for RTX this year where Podtacular will be in attendance. If you’re looking to help out fellow Spartans, than head on over to their Kickstarter and drop a few bucks. You’ll get some pretty cool stuff in return. In other community related news, Edgeworks Entertainment has released their full, uncut version of The Codex. If you’re looking for some good machinima from the days of old, this is a must see. You can also listen to Episode 80 of our podcast for an interview with some of the crew. Halo has also sparked some innovation… over on Project Spark that is where SEspider has been working on re-creating the Silent Cartographer mission from Halo: Combat Evolved. It’s very impressive given the current capabilities of the platform. In Halo Bulletin news this week, we get a closer look at the upcoming playlist Proving Grounds and some info on an Environment Artist position at 343 Industries.
This week in Halo news, we get our first glances at the Cortana personal assistant coming to the Windows Phone 8.1 update. The Verge was able to get some time using the new software and pointed out some of it’s features to be expected. Someone has outdone themselves and put together a seven foot long Spirit of Fire out of Mega Blocks. It is a truly amazing feat taking up a laundry lists of Halo Mega bloks sets to put together. In this week’s Halo Bulletin, we have some coverage for upcoming playlist changes, and upcoming play date and new avatar items.
We’re currently in a little bit of a low point for news this week and until more rumors surface, if any, we won’t get much until the time E3 rolls around. Not to worry though as we this week’s Halo Bulletin to review and discuss. He have a new issue of Halo Escalation, updates coming to matchmaking next week, and the announcement that the Halo Waypoint mobile applications being discontinued. Also, for those who have been involved with the PC side of Halo, the Custom Map Team as come out with their V3 of their remastered Halo Campaign for The Silent Cartographer.
The New York Toy Fair has wrapped up and we saw some really cool toys, figures and swag get shown off. To help cover some of the Mega Bloks detail, (which I’m personally interested in) we had HaloFanForLife drop by the show to go over some additional details on the sets. We also go over a few extra things from Crowded Coop that we didn’t cover on lasts show and how much your wallet will hurt after this year. In addition to the toy fair news, we have this week’s latest Halo Bulletin discussing the upcoming matchmaking playlist rotation for Medal Madness on March 3rd. An update to the Xbox One version of Spartan Assault is also coming to fix some stability issues.
It just so happens that the rumor mill never sleeps and is never without its crazy side. We mentioned on our last show how Steve Downes confirmed the existence of Halo 2 Anniversary, or so we thought. Since then, IGN has reached out and received some clarification that Downes was simply making a statement based on what people have rumored on the internet, but that’s not all there is to it. We made a post about IGN’s findings yesterday and encourage everyone to go out and develop your own opinion, but we voice ours during the show. In other news, the New York Toy Fair started this week and we have seen some pretty cool things that any Halo fan will want to get their hands on. We’ve just seen our first glances at McFarlane figures, Mega Bloks sets, and other swag goodness.