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It’s been a while since we’ve even touched our mailbag, but we had a few items waiting for us including a voicemail. In addition, we touched on the campaign article written up by Josh Holmes regarding the squad in Halo 5’s campaign and more about how co-op will work. If you have anything you want us to read or play on the show, make sure to hit that ‘Submit’ button or shoot us a voicemail at (240) 200-HALO.
This year packs quite the punch with Halo stories, first of which was Halo: New Blood. At SDCC, we had the opportunity to talk to Matt Forbeck, author of the novella and ask him about his first time experience writing for the Halo franchise. He explains some of the reasons behind his writing process including how Halo 3: ODST inspired him to write the book in such a way that had us re-reading it multiple times just to make sense of what was going on. It also helps that he’s been a long time Halo fan and, like the rest of us, really loves Buck.
Between E3 and SDCC 2015, there’s been a lot of news around the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, some of which has generated discussion amongst the Halo community. We tackle some of those issues in tonight’s episode with our thoughts on no split screen, no local/offline play, the no disc limited collector’s edition (which now has a trade in option), and the requisition system on if it’s too much like pay to win for Warzone. We would love to hear your thoughts on these issues and you can do so by posting in our forums or sending us a submission.
When we were first introduced to Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck in Halo 3: ODST, we learned about his personality as an ODST and how good Nathan Fillion is at acting. In New Blood, we learn of Buck’s origin story: how he became an ODST, how he met up with Veronica Dare and how he eventually got recruited and joined the Spartan IV program. This all leads up to his role in the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians and there’s a lot of details in this novella. If you’ve read (or listened the) the book, you may have found yourself having to go through it multiple times. As we discuss the book, we try to demystify the bouncing around as much as possible and hit all the high points you’ll want to know before this October.
Halo brought Breakout to life in a real life scenario of the new game mode in Halo 5: Guardians. In conjunction with BoomCo and Stony Props, 343 brought the Spartan training simulation to life at SDCC. We had the opportunity to talk to some of the folks from Stony Props who made the Spartan training armor for the experience, which included a helmet and upper body armor pieces for both teams. We got to talk to Walter and Steve about the entire process of making the armor from when 343 Industries approached them to getting them made for game day.
San Diego Comic Con is one of the largest fan-focused conventions in the United States and this year we were able to attend and see what the fuss was all about. We had the opportunity to play real life Breakout, see the Mega Bloks build of Apex, learn about the story supplementing Halo 5: Guardians from the novels and Hunt the Truth podcast, be surrounded by Halo cosplayers and snag some con exclusive swag. We managed to pick up interviews with Stony Props on their Spartan training armor and Matt Forbeck on New Blood that will be releasing later in the week. Huge thanks to Laird for giving us the opportunity to attend and for being our guest for this episode.
Our E3 special has finally arrived covering our experience for what was a truly an awesome week, most importantly for Halo. 343 Industries showed off a Campaign gameplay demo and unveiled Warzone, a new 12v12 multiplayer mode with AI combatants. At the Xbox booth, we got to experience Microsoft Hololens on the deck of the Infinity. We’re joined by special guest Unyshek, one of our battle buddies during the crazy week of Halo goodness.
The finale of Hunt the Truth finds Ben Giraud with a treasure trove of information on the attacks at the embassy on Bliss involving the Master Chief. He’s going all out with his story, taking everything he’s discovered and going full distribution on prime time. As he’s done in the past, he transfers all the data he just mined to Ray for safe keeping and gets a hold of Anthony Petrovsky to give him the time and place things will go down. Petra Janecek checks up on what he found only to learn of his last ditch effort to bring down ONI bit he also takes a moment to thank her for everything she’s done for him. Now the only question that remains is will it be enough this time. We would like to thank Toa Freak again for being with us to the end of this extraordinary series.
With the lead up to E3, Game Informer delivers a dump truck load of Halo information revealing more about the campaign we’ll be playing in October and hinting at an all new multiplayer experience that we’ll get to see at the expo. We get full details confirming the members of Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris unveiling the identify of the red Spartan as Olympia Vale. A new multiplayer map, Fathom was revealed being underwater inside a glass dome. There’s a lot of other campaign and multiplayer related info that will hopefully be expanded upon at E3 including the new Artemus Tracking System equipped by Osiris.
Our second to last episode covering the Hunt the Truth campaign, we find Ben about ready to give up on his hunt when he’s attacked by ONI and saved by FERO. With renewed commitment after FERO told Ben she was about to risk her life to bring down ONI, he steps up and pursues the lead given to him by Petra, telling FERO to hold off on her attack. Once on the planet Bliss, Ben heads straight for the coordinates in the middle of glassed wastelands. Narrowly escaping a glass storm, he reaches his destination finding an abandoned ONI relay station. What he finds is all the information he needs to corroborate Chief’s innocence on Biko and all the info on the actors, himself and John that he could ever want to finally bring ONI to justice. Again we are joined by Toa Freak from Halo Canon.