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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.
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.
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.
Next week, Halo heads to Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, what is essentially the European version of E3. Bravo details all the Halo sightings you’ll find at Gamescom in this week’s Halo Bulletin, which will include the first Halo 2 Anniversary Tournament. Halo will have a stage presence during the Xbox briefing on Tuesday and will likely announce the next map in the Halo 2 Anniversary experience on Wednesday from the Xbox booth. Halo: The Master Chief Collection Special Editions have been spotted and available exclusively from Game.co.uk, thankfully just retailer and not country exclusive.
San Diego Comic Con wrapped up this past weekend with lots of new Halo goodness from the two Halo panels covering Nightfall and The Master Chief Collection. Last week we talked with FinalPOSTMORTEM and TDSpiral on the information received by word of mouth and from the trailer. After both panels being published by Halo Waypoint, available in this week’s Halo Bulletin, we picked up a few more details around the Nightfall production and we’ve since learned that Zanzibar will be making it’s return in Halo 2 Anniversary. Outside of SDCC news, a new Halo-themed wireless mouse has popped up on the Windows Blog.
This weekend is San Diego Comic Con, and 343 is there in force to talk about Halo: Nightfall and the Master Chief Collection. On Thursday, they had the Nightfall panel, where we got our first look at the series, which is the subject of this show. With our guests FinalPOSTMORTEM and TDSpiral, we talk about how Nightfall will incorporate into the current Halo Universe, what we could see in the series, and Locke’s integral part in Halo 5: Guardians. Also, here is the trailer for Halo: CE SPV3 from CMT.
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.