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Amongst all the Halo news out this week from 343 and IGN, no one was probably more excited for anything but the announcement that the Master Chief Collection went gold and started hitting consoles as pre-order downloads this week. Not to mention that all the content of the game can’t even fit on one disc or have other content come later, but it means we’re just that much closer to getting our change to experience Master Chief’s saga all over again. In addition to the golden news, leaderboards are coming to the campaign where you can measure your progress compared to rivals you select in game. If you haven’t touched Halo on PC, then you’re in a treat for 8 new maps to hit the Xbox stage for the first time. One other Halo game to keep your eye on is Spartan Strike, the successor to Spartan Assault. We still have another week or two of content to dive into the show so buckle your seat belts.
Mega Bloks is a well known brand for any Halo collector and when it comes to putting forward a hefty penny to some awesome merch, specifically the Halo signature series. At NYCC this past week, they showed for the first time the finalized Scarab set, which is the third one in the Halo Signature series line. Lots of time and effort goes into every set Mega Bloks makes and big builds like the Scarab is no easy task. While we were in New York, we got to sit down with some of the Mega Bloks design team who work on the Halo sets to discuss how sets are designed from concept to final production, interaction with the community at large and all the juicy info on the upcoming Scarab. On this special episode, we are joined by Tim Gorham, Social Media Manager for Mega Bloks Collectors; Felipe Rojas, Product Designer for Boys and Mega Bloks Collectors; and Maxime Pouliot, Product Designer for Mega Bloks Collectors.
This past weekend was New York Comic Con and unfortunately the Halo presence there was minimal. Frankie had two different signings at Mega Bloks and Dark Horse, but other than that, 343 was absent this year, which is a little odd being just before the release of TMCC. No matter however because there were plenty of displays showing off new Halo figures, toys and publications. Thanks to our friends over at Halo Collector, we were able to attend and get some first hand looks at what’s to come. There were many figures ranging from McFarlane Toys to Mega Bloks, to Square Enix, to Insight Editions, which had the only new, purchasable Halo merchandise at the show with the Halo journal and poster collection. Kevin Hurd and Laird MacLean from Halo Collector join us to discuss the upcoming toys we saw this weekend.
IGN is giving us the full treatment of Halo news this month as part of their IGN First and we got a feast of a meal to chew on this week. Starting things off, we were told that Warlord would be the sixth and final map remade for Halo 2 Anniversary. We also got another look at the Halo Channel, which will be available alongside The Master Chief Collection release and an overview of the major changes taking place to each game. The launch multiplayer playlists were also announced as well as every achievement under the sun that includes 4000 gamerscore across 403 achievements. This is a packed week of info, so buckle up Spartan!
Not much news this week as we gear up for the last month before the release of the Master Chief Collection, so this week’s Halo Bulletin is filled with more of that juicy canon everyone loves. This week, GrimBrother One, one of the newest writers to the 343, continues his Canon Fodder section talking about how the Pillar of Autumn seemingly made their way to Installation 04. If you need a refresher or haven’t read the original Halo trilogy, then take a read. Bravo also answers some questions regarding Halo: CE and gives us a couple of screenshots as well.
A little while ago on the podcast, we mentioned a project harkening from the PC side of Halo called SPv3, a Halo: Custom Edition. While we were at Pax Prime in Seattle, we got to meet up with Masterz1337, one of the team members of Custom Map Team, who is developing the mod. SPv3 is a completely re-envisioned version of the original campaign with their own additions of new weapons, updated textures, new enemy classes from later Halo games, and much more. It all runs at 4K for computers that can support that display resolution. The mod is slated to start releasing in November, just after the release of the Master Chief Collection. For more information about the mod, head over to Halomods.com/CMT.
With just under two months to go until the release of The Master Chief Collection, we are still getting a trickle of news branching across the internet. This week’s new course on the menu is the Zanzibar remake with Gungoose gameplay and new campaign footage from Cairo Station and Delta Halo. Halo 2 Anniversary is looking stunning and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. Also part of this week’s Halo Bulletin, Dan Ayoub talks about some of the notable graphical differences in Halo 3 and Halo 4.
Two weeks ago, Pax Prime was in full swing in Seattle as we heard of the news that Lockdown, the remake of Lockout, has officially been added to the list of Halo 2 Anniversary Maps coming with the Master Chief Collection. We got our hands on the map on the show floor that weekend and were very pleased with the additions and the feel the map retained from the original Halo 2 classic. The Pax Prime Showdown was a spectacular to watch with Team eXcellence taking home the first place prize. During the Halo panel, we got more information on Nightfall, Forge in Halo 2 Anniversary, the new music and audio being introduced in the remastered Halo 2 Campaign and even witnessed a proposal on stage (She said, “Yes,” BTW). This week, we are privileged to have community member Hoss Sauced join us on the podcast.
Yesterday we finally got the official word that Lockout will be getting the anniversary treatment for the Master Chief Collection. The map is a staple among competitive Halo players and has rightfully earned its spot to be remade. Come hear our take on the news as we record from Seattle, a day before getting our hands on the map at Pax Prime. Halo: Reach will be available under the Games with Gold program next month for Xbox 360. More details about this week’s Pax Prime Showdown has been made available in this week’s bulletin. Joining us from our friends over at Ready Up Live are Drax 122, Veloc1ty24 and Micky.
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.