Halo Fest 2011

So it has been 10 years since Halo first came to our doorsteps.  Now we are celebrating with the first ever Halo Fest at PAX Prime at the end of August.  Dust Storm will be making an appearance on the floor at Halo Fest and get to participate in the Community panel.  If you are attending Halo Fest, come by and say, “Hi.”  The schedule for the entire weekend is below for your convenience.

Friday, August 26th

Halo: Anniversary
Pegasus Theatre (Sheraton)

The team responsible for the 2011 reimagining of the classic Xbox title pull back the curtain on the process behind bringing Halo: Anniversary to gamers. Panelists include Executive Producer Dan Ayoub, Producer Dennis Ries, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Franchise Manager Kevin Grace, and more!

Halo Community: Fragging, Forge, and Flowers
Halo Fest

Kick your PAX weekend off right by hanging out with some of Halo’s most dedicated Community leaders. Panelists include Louis Wu of halo.bungie.org, Adam Grumbo of 405th, Goose Checka of GrifballHub, HC Redemption of Halo Challenges, CMNeir of Halo: Reach Tricks, and Dust Storm of Podtacular. There is a Community meet-up immediately following in the Waypoint Lounge.

What’s Next for Waypoint
Halo Fest

Community Manager bs angel gets the scoop on the future of Waypoint from the team behind it.

Halo Universe
Pegasus Theatre (Sheraton)

Come be a part of the 10th anniversary celebration as we welcome some of the people who helped bring the universe to life. Panelists include Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, legendary composer Marty O’Donnell, Franchise Manager Kevin Grace, Pete Stacker (Captain Jacob Keyes), Tim Dadabo (343 Guilty Spark), and Steve Downes (Master Chief).

Saturday, August 27th

Bungie: Hatching the Cosmic Halo Egg
Halo Fest

At this year’s PAX, Halo Fest is enormous! But ten years ago, it only took a small core of ambitious Bungie developers to fill the Halo universe with life. In this panel, the birth mother and father of Halo–Joseph Staten and Marty O’Donnell–along with a handful of Bungie alumni discuss the origins and development of the Halo franchise, and field your questions from the Community.

Halo: Building a Universe of Toys and Collectibles
Halo Fest

Meet some of the biggest names in the toy and collectible industry and get an exclusive first look at upcoming Halo products! Get the scoop from fan favorites McFarlane Toys, MEGA Bloks, and NKOK.

Halo Universe Fiction
Halo Fest

Join Frank O’Connor and Kevin Grace as well as special Halo guests Greg Bear and Karen Traviss for a discussion of the first 10 years of Halo and what’s coming next!

Halo Anniversary Campaign Discussion
Halo Fest

Can’t get enough Silent Cartographer? Does Assault on the Control Room make you weak in the knees? If so, this panel discussing the reimagining of the classic single player Campaign is a can’t-miss!

Sunday, August 28th

Halo 4
Main Theater (Paramount)

Here is your first chance to see and hear from the 343 Industries team that is creating the exciting next chapter in Master Chief’s heroic story. Be there as we kick off the next 10 years of Halo! Panelists include Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Creative Director Josh Holmes, Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill, Senior Art Director Kenneth Scott, and Audio Director Sotaro Tojima.

Xbox talks 10 years of Halo
Halo Fest

How does a new multiplayer service prepare for the Halo juggernaut? Just how wrong were the projections for concurrent players? Which panelist thought that an FPS on the console could not possibly be any fun? Join founding members of the Xbox team, Doug Hebenthal and Jerry Hook, as well as Eric Neustadter (“e”), Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, and Stephen “Stepto” Toulouse to discuss how Halo helped shape Xbox Live.

Halo Anniversary Multiplayer
Halo Fest

Want to get all the nitty-gritty on Halo Anniversary’s Multiplayer? Do you have questions about the Reach Title Update? If so, this is the panel for you!

Red Vs. Blue Table Read
Halo Fest

Join Burnie Burns, Gus Sorola, Matt Hullum, Joel Heyman, and Jason Saldana, the voices of The Galaxy’s Dumbest Recruits™, as they attempt to learn their scripts to record an episode of Red vs. Blue.