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The news train for Halo: The Master Chief Collection keeps rolling through with info more info dropped during the Halo panel at RTX 2014. On last week’s show, we touched on a few things that they revealed, but we go over all the new developments from RTX on the latest Halo experience. San Diego Comic Con is right around the corner though and 343 has given us a glimpse of what will be there in this week’s Halo Bulletin. Flamesword makes the Community Spotlight this week and a British actress, Christina Chong, has been announced to be a lead actor for Macer in the upcoming Halo: Nightfall production.
Among the official news is also community related news that we’re excited about. Our good friends over at Drunken Halo Podcast are hosting their third 1v1 tournament. The Forward Unto Dawn Podcast is back after a five-month hiatus talking about their take on the latest Halo developments and how everything behind the mythos of the universe is being affected. Over at HaloGAF, our friends have restarted their podcast under the name Reclaimer Radio.
RTX 2014 was just this past weekend and the experience put on by the RT staff and Guardians keeps getting better. Among all the booths on the floor, we had many opportunities to catch up with fans and friends including 343 Industries, Certain Affinity and GrifballHub. There were several panels of interest as well, including the Grifball, the Master Chief Collection, and Dust Storm’s very own Podcasting panels. We got a lot of new information regarding Halo 2 Anniversary from Gungeese to Coagulation. More details will be discussed on our next show, but for now we recap our RTX memories with Goosechecka from GrifballHub, Justin Bryce from Drunken Halo Podcast and Biowolf.
343 Industries’ announcement of the Master Chief Collection along with the additional content to come with it was met with great enthusiasm, but also many questions. Many of the questions have been answered in interviews, but some have been unanswered or are not ready to be answered. We had the opportunity to sit down with Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky, Community Manager for 343 Industries and ask him some of the unanswered questions and clarify a few other answers we’ve received already. Some of the info in the show has been covered since this interview was recorded, but there are still a few tid-bits you may have not heard yet.
Many questions have risen since the announcement of the Master Chief Collection at E3 and in last week’s Halo Bulletin, and Bravo does his best to answer as many as possible. There still remains questions to be answered and we’ll undoubtedly find out more when they head to RTX. According to the latest Halo Bulletin, 343 will have a booth and panel at RTX, Halo 2 playable on original Xboxes in CRT TVs where you can play against pros and a campaign demo presentation you can line up to watch. We will also be there so make sure you come by and say, “Hi!” Escalation, Issue 7 is out and a new novel has been announced. Halo: Broken Circle covers the Great Schism and will release a week before the Master Chief Collection. Our thread of the week is the Halo 5 Beta topic started by forum member PTBRULES. Special thanks to Biowolf for joining us for the show this week.
The development of Halo has been shared between many developers over the years. While Bungie and 343 Industries are Halo household names, other contributing studios have left their significant mark on the Halo franchise, one of which is Gearbox Software. At E3, we had the rare privilege to sit down and talk with Randy Pitchford, President and CEO of Gearbox who helped work on Halo: CE for the PC. We had the opportunity to discuss Gearbox’s involvement with the Halo franchise and Randy’s thoughts on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. He’s still a fan of Halo and continues to produce awesome games including one of my personal favorite franchises, Borderlands. If you’re looking for a unique look at the Halo franchise or a bit of some development history behind the game that started it all, then you don’t want to miss this one.
During the Xbox Media Briefing at E3, we got a glimpse into the future of Halo and Master Chief’s story with the introduction of Agent Locke, the mysterious ONI Spartan revealed during the Halo 5: Guardians announcement. Many questions have arisen as to his role among the new Master Chief journey we will dive into, and we’re here to discuss what the future holds. The Arbiter’s dialogue during the teaser also brings some questions to bear along with the loose ends left open by Halo 4 and other pieces of the Halo universe. Joining us on this journey this week is Greenskull and Nak3d Eli, both of whom were at E3 as well.
This is the second episode in a series where we talk to the creators and hosts of shows featured on thePodKast.com, our gaming podcast network. Our topics for this show involves where we come up with the content for our episodes, what drives our discussions, how our sites facilitate our shows and how we promote the network. Guests include Agro from Kritzkast, the TF2 Podcast, Mark Turcotte from Guardian Radio, a podcast dedicated to Bungie’s upcoming title Destiny, and Jon Shute from How to Murder Time.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo was certainly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It was a wonderful journey of seeing and experiencing new things, meeting new people and catching up with familiar faces. While the announcement of the Master Chief Collection was perhaps the biggest news, there were other things to be seen at E3. After the last day at E3, I decided to do a short recap podcast with Greenskull and Nak3d Eli about our E3 adventures this year. Huge thanks to 343 Industries for allowing me to go to E3 and have a truly breath-taking experience and I hope to see everyone again next year.
The long awaited, rumored Master Chief Collection was announced at this year’s Microsoft Press Briefing at E3 and Halo fans couldn’t be more excited. Scheduled for a November release the year, the collection features every Halo game featuring Master Chief including a re-mastered Halo 2 Experience under Halo 2 Anniversary. In addition to all four games, the collection includes a copy of Halo: Nightfall, the digital feature being directed and produced by Ridley Scott and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. The reaction from the entire Halo community thus far has been outstanding and 343 is happy to finally share this experience with us. To discuss what we know about the collection and our experience at the Xbox Press Briefing, Nak3d Eli and H2O Shoagie make a guest appearance for a truly momentous occasion.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo is just days away and Halo is expected to have a huge presence there this year. There are plenty of rumors around the internet about a Halo 2 Anniversary announcement, information regarding the video productions for the franchise, possible spin-off games like Halo Wars 2 or Spartan Assault 2, and much, much more. We have the privileged of being at E3 this year and will keep you up to date on all the E3 Halo happenings and news. Also, make sure you update your Twitter follows and follow @Halo, the new home for official Halo news. In other recent news as detailed in this week’s Halo Bulletin, ASTRO Gaming has teamed up with 343 Industries to make Halo-branded products and Halo: Spartan Assault is available for Free on Xbox One under the Games with Gold program introduced this month.