Category Archives: Halo

343 Reveals Zanzibar Remake During SDCC 2014 Halo Panel

The Halo panel revealed a handful of things about the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief collection this last Friday at Comic Con, including the Anniversary Edition remake of Zanzibar. Zanzibar is the third announced Halo 2 map of six that are getting the anniversary treatment, and it looks amazing! Check out the gallery below to see the new and improved Zanzibar, and hit that follow button to stay up to date on everything Halo!

– Caleb Stiles

Halo 5: Guardians – When Worlds Collide

Halo has made quite the ripple at this year’s Comic Con, SDCC 2014. The teaser trailer was revealed earlier today with much acclaim and many questions. An arising conflict is building between the UNSC and ONI, and Agent Clarke seems to be smack in the middle of it. Check out the teaser below!

Halo: Nightfall is only the beginning of what we have learned about the future of the series however. Dark Horse comics revealed the next Halo: Escalation comic book series, and with it Halo Escalation: Issue #9.

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Halo Escalation: Issue #9 seems to explain the premise of Halo 5, and it also reveals that the Didact has in fact survived the end of Halo 4. Check out HaloFollower‘s amazing breakdown of the comic below.

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– Caleb Stiles

Check Out this Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One (SDCC 2014)

Microsoft is partnering with several companies and game studios to bring 21 limited edition Xbox One Consoles to San Diego Comic Con 2014. 20 of these consoles will be winnable by attendees of SDCC 2014, but one of them will be given away via Twitter. For rules and limitations, head here. Check out the gallery below to see every awesome Xbox One headed to SDCC 2014!

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– Caleb Stiles

Big Team Swat Headed to Halo 4 Matchmaking Next Week

According to the Halo Waypoint July-August 2014 Matchmaking Calendar, Big Team Swat is the next featured playlist for Halo 4 Matchmaking, and things are going to get crazy. I assume that vehicles turrets and all will still be included in those big team maps, such as Exile, Ragnarok or Dominion, so I can’t wait to see how these mechanics play out in a no-shield no tracker SWAT playlist. Big Team SWAT runs from July 21-26, so don’t miss out on this very limited time game mode next week!

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Here is a quick look at the Halo 4 Matchmaking Calendar, there’s some very cool game modes coming up in the coming weeks, so be sure and try them out! For everything Halo 4, keep it right here at DS90’s!

– Caleb Stiles

Halo 5: Guardians – Who is Agent Locke? (New Details Emerge)

As 343 Industries and Microsoft announced Halo 5: Guardians, a common question began to circle around gamers and Halo fans alike, “Who is Agent Locke?”. It immediately become relevant that Locke is going to play a major role in Halo 5, as well as in Halo: NightFall, the upcoming digital feature coming out alongside Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Although more questions have been answered, many more have sprung up about the mysterious Spartan. Let’s break down what we know about Agent Locke, and how that affects what we know about Halo 5: Guardians.

Agent Jameson Locke, Lt. Commander

HTMCC_TT_3In a still shot of the most recent Halo: The Master Chief Collection trailer, shown above, you can see an ONI debriefing transmission where Agent Locke is trying to gather information on Thel ‘Vadamee (also known as the Arbiter). At the bottom right, you can see that Locke’s full name is Jameson Lock, and that he holds the very prestigious rank of Lieutenant Commander. You can also see the ONI symbol in the background, confirming Locke’s affiliation with the Office of Naval Intelligence. It had already been assumed that Locke was with ONI, due to the logo found emblazoned on his breastplate.

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This November, Halo: Nightfall will be released alongside the Master Chief Collection; Nightfall is a digital feature that will shed light on the the back story of Agent Locke. The casting has already been completed for Nightfall, and Agent Locke will be played by actor Mike Colter, so it seems more or less confirmed that Agent Locke is coming from African descent.

Agent Locke’s Role in Halo 5

What role does Locke play in Halo 5: Guardians? We know he is a primary character, but not much else has really been officially released regarding the story of Halo 5 and Locke’s emphasis in the upcoming blockbuster. Both Halo: Nightfall and Halo: The Broken Circle are going to further explain the story of Locke, but let’s go over some interesting clues that have already been laid in front of us,  some that could explain the premise of Halo 5.

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After watching both Halo: The Master Chief Collection trailers, one thing immediately stands out. Agent Locke has an extreme interest in Master Chief, and even goes to The Arbiter to learn more on the almighty spartan. It seems that Locke is not only interested in Master Chief, but Locke is actually looking for Chief. I speculate that Halo 5 starts out with the player assuming control of Agent Locke, and gives players the primary objective of finding Chief. Maybe he went rogue after his last tussle with the UNSC; maybe he is on a personal journey to revive Cortana; None of that is very clear, but it seems clear that Locke is looking for Chief, so there’s a good chance players will start out playing as Agent Locke, as opposed to the latter. What are your thoughts? Let us know if you have any thoughts, ideas or additional information on Locke in the comments section below!

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– Caleb Stiles

 

Halo: Broken Circle Coming this November

Author John Shirley is continuing the amazing Halo Book Universe this November through Simon and Schuster with Halo: Broken Circle. Broken Circle revisits the the Covenant’s history and their “fateful bargain” between Prophets and Elites. Here’s what Halo Waypoint had to say about the upcoming book:

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Simon & Schuster is proud to announce a new Halo novel from John Shirley, releasing on November 4, 2014!

Witness an untold chapter in Halo lore as John Shirley’s Halo: Broken Circle takes us to the dawn of the Covenant and the fateful first bargain between the Prophets and the Elites. Broken Circle will explore an Elite splinter group rebelling against the Covenant in its earliest days, a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new Covenant leadership, and the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant during events seen in the blockbuster Xbox game Halo 2.

Broken Circle is available for pre-order right now, and will be released November 4th, 2014, 7 days before the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, for Xbox One. The Halo Book Universe has been growing and expanding for years, and if you are a Halo fan and have not yet delved into Halo’s world of books, I highly recommend you take the leap, there’s tons of awesome lore and canon waiting to be discovered, and Greg Bear’s Forerunner Saga does an amazing job shedding light on Halo 4, and even the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians!

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– Caleb Stiles

 

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – “The Terminal” Trailer

Halo Waypoint revealed the second trailer for Halo: The Master Chief Collection over the weekend, and the Arbiter makes a strong appearance. The trailer, known as The Terminal, was debuted at the RTX 2014 Convention, Rooster Teeth and Halo Waypoint’s annual showing.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be available November 11th, 2014 exclusively for Xbox One, and features Halo 1-4 remastered in 1080p 60fps HD quality, as well as a classic multiplayer experience, promising homage to original fans of the ever growing franchise. Hit that follow button at the top of the page (bottom of the page for mobile users), and for everything Halo and Xbox One, keep it right here at DS90’s!

– Caleb Stiles