Halo News: Commando Helmet Unlock, Resistor Tactical Package is Free, Spartan Assault On Xbox!

The 343rd day of the yea (December 9th) is fast approaching. So 343 Industries is putting on an event to celebrate!

343 Day Live Stream

343 Industries is putting on a livestream from 1:00 – 4:00pm PST at http://www.twitch.tv/343industries. Here there will discuss Halo Spartan Assault on Xbox 360 and Xbox One (Which is scheduled for release sometime this December); as well as other Xbox One discussions and of course gameplay and giveaways.

Commando Helmet Unlock

Also if you play Halo 4’s online multiplayer, either War Games or Spartan Ops, on Dcember 9th you’ll receive the Commando helmet as a gift. This is a one-day-only giveaway. Normally the Command armor set is unlock via completion of the Dominion Victory Commendation. This unlock will be treated similarly to the Guilty Spark Emblem they had back in November for Halo 4’s 1st Birthday.

Resistor Tactical Package Unlocked

Also on December 9th the Resistor Tactical Package will be released for free to the public. It was previously reserved as a timed exclusive Champions Bundle bonus item. The Resistor Armor mod allows players to retain full mobility when taking fire for a few moments. I personally really enjoy this tactical package and use it in my objective/rushing loadouts.

Source: https://blogs.halowaypoint.com/Headlines/post/2013/12/04/The-Halo-Bulletin-12413.aspx

– Chief

Halo 4 Guilty Spark Emblem Unlock

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Halo 4’s first birthday is around the corner! If you’re playing Spartan Ops or War Games Online on November 6th 2013 you will unlock the unreleased Guilty Spark emblem!

*UPDATE! 343 Industries has said that the Guilty Spark Emblem will be released to those who did play online November 6th 2013 in a few weeks. No set date.

Next week is Halo 4’s first birthday! Over the course of the past 12 months, millions of players have played Halo 4. Whether you spent your time in Matchmaking, Forge, Theater, Campaign, Spartan Ops, or elsewhere, we’d like to say thank you for playing our game. In fact, along with thanking you, we’d also like to give you a teeny-tiny-in-game-gift. All players who complete a game in War Games or Spartan Ops matchmaking on November 6th, 2013 will earn the Guilty Spark emblem.

Emblem Unlock

This emblem has not yet been released in Halo 4, and we hope that you hop online with some friends to celebrate the birthday of our first game and also snag a rare emblem. After, you can rock the emblem proudly and brag to your friends about how you attended the birthday party, and they did not. We’ve got also got some Matchmaking fun in the form of a 24-hour playlist planned for this special day, so keep an eye on Halo Waypoint for all the details.

– Chief

2 New Halo 4 Armor Mods

343 Industries has released a Title Update and along with it 2 new armor mods called: Recharge and Survivor. They are both Support Upgrades and FREE for everyone. Don’t forget that if you order the Champions Bundle (Released on August 20th for 800 MSP) you also get to try out the new Resistor Tactical Package armor mod early (no time frame for public release).

  • Recharge: New Support Upgrade available to all players
    Recharge decreases the time it takes for your shields to recharge.
  • Survivor: New Support Upgrade available to all players
    Survivor ejects you out of a vehicle if it’s about to explode.

– Chief

Halo 4 Bullseye Pack Achievements Revealed (Champions Bundle DLC)

10 new achievements to Halo 4 courtesy of the Bullseye Map Pack worth 250 gamerscore. The Champions Bundle and all 3 DLC packs will be available on August 20th. List of Achievements below:

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Protect this House – 30G
“In matchmaking, assassinate the ball carrier within five meters of your own goal in Ricochet.”

Hat Trick – 33G
“In matchmaking, score three times in one round of Ricochet.”

From Downtown – 25G
“In matchmaking, score by throwing the ball from 30 meters in Ricochet.”

Repeat Survivor – 25G
“In matchmaking, survive three vehicle explosions in a row with the Survivor package.”

Can’t Catch Me – 20G
“In matchmaking, score a goal in Ricochet while taking damage with the Resistor active.”

Just a Scratch – 20G
“In matchmaking, recover full shields from low health with both Resistor and Recharge active.”

Pitchin’ a Tent – 40G
“In matchmaking, effectively camp one location without dying for a full 60 seconds.”

One Man Army – 27G
“In matchmaking, get 4 consecutive kills with the Rocket Launcher without dying.”

Shocking – 10G
“In Bullseye DLC Matchmaking, activate both electrical surge systems during a match on Vertigo.”

Got It! – 20G
“In Bullseye DLC Matchmaking, acquire the Rocket Launcher at the start of a match on Pitfall

 

– Chief

Halo 4 News – 3 New Armor Mods: Resistor, Survivor, & Recharge! Champions Bundle Bonus Content!

Halo 4 Champions Bundle Bonus Content revealed (click here for the story) which includes 5 new weapon skins, 8 new player card stances, 5 new armor skins. Also a look at 3 brand new armor mods Resistor, Survivor, and Recharge, that will all be eventually free.

– Chief

Geronimo!

Champions Bundle, Armor Mods, Legendary Slayer! The Halo Bulletin: 7.10.13

Lots of details in this weeks Halo Bulletin. Too much to cover from RTX, Halo 4 Global Championship, Halo 4 Champions Bundle, new Halo 4 Armor Mods, and Halo4 Legendary Slayer Playlist along with a matchmaking update for the Global Championship.

Here are the highlights. Click here to read all of it!

The Champions Bundle

The Champions Bundle contains three DLC packs, as well as bonus content, including:

  • Bullseye Pack (Includes Ricochet, a new game type)
    • New Map – Vertigo:

Vertigo is an asymmetrical map that provides a wide variety of indoor and outdoor combat. The map lends itself best to Slayer and Extraction game types and is best played with anywhere from 8 to 10 players. Vertigo also touts the return of a dynamic, interactive element in a Halo multiplayer map: Each base has a trigger point that depletes the shields of all players in range when shot. The map also contains a series of caves on each side as well as three levels of verticality, providing players with several different routes for attacking each base.

    • Pitfall – Halo 3 The Pit Remake
  • Steel Skin Pack
    • Gold steam-punk like weapon skin for loadout weapons
  • Infinity Armor Pack
    • MARK V Armor, ODST Armor, and forerunner Prefect Armor
  • Bonus content, including new stances, armor and weapon skins, and a new armor mod
    • 5 new weapon skins
    • 8 new stances for your Player Card
    • Five new armor skins: Tracer, Column, Python, Bayonet, and Solid
    • Resistor Tactical Package:

      The Champions Bundle will include a sneak peek to the Resistor armor mod, which allows players to retain full mobility despite taking fire for a few moments. The armor mod will eventually be made available to all players in Halo 4 Matchmaking free of charge.

Halo 4 Armor Mod Update

In addition to the Halo 4 Champions Bundle bonus content, we’ll be releasing two additional armor mods free of charge for the community to enjoy. We’re currently planning on releasing these one day before the Champions Bundle releases on August 20, and you’ll immediately be able to incorporate these new mods into your loadout and experiment with them.

• Survivor ejects you out of a vehicle if it’s about to explode.
• Recharge decreases the time it takes for your shields to recharge.

Legendary Slayer

At PAX East, we announced that we were working on a new playlist named Legendary Slayer. After much iteration, discussion and playtesting, we’re excited to announce that it is (almost!) here and (almost!) ready for your enjoyment. Legendary Slayer is a variant that focuses on basic gameplay with only one loadout, on-map weapons and motion tracker enabled. Here are the key settings:

  • 4 vs. 4 Slayer
  • Default starting weapon (Assault Rifle)
  • No Armor Abilities
  • Motion Tracker enabled
  • All weapons and grenades located on map (no initial, random or personal ordnance)

The singular loadout is:

  • Starting weapon: Assault Rifle
  • Secondary weapon: None
  • Armor Ability: None
  • Grenades: Frag x2
  • Support upgrade: Explosives
  • Tactical package: Resupply

We’re excited to deliver a brand-new experience to Halo 4 Matchmaking that will focus on even starting weapons and map control, with players fighting to gain control of all rifles, power weapons and each map’s power positions. The Legendary Slayer playlist launches Monday, July 15, on the following maps, which have been custom-created specifically for this playlist:

  • Haven
  • Solace
  • Adrift
  • Abandon
  • Landfall
  • Monolith
  • Skyline
  • Shutout

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

Halo 4 News – Champions Bundle Details, Pitfall & Vertigo, Ricochet, Armor Mods & More!

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Halo 4’s fourth DLC installment the Champions Bundle. Which contains 3 DLC packs and bonus content. It will be released August 20th for 800 MSP. You can however buy the DLC packs (Bullseye Map Pack – 480 MSP, Infinity Armor Pack – 240 MSP, Steel Skin Pack – 240 MSP) separately.

Here I break down the details of the Champions Bundle and the individual DLC packs to help you understand what you will receive!

Written details can be found here as well

UPDATE: The 3 Armor Mods have been confirmed and Bonus Content from the Champions Bundle Revealed!

Sources for the 2 confirmed and 1 rumored armor mods:

Survivor & Recharge Armor Mods (at 9mins 30seconds in)

https://soundcloud.com/xbox/mnr-483-details-about-the-halo

Resistor Armor Mod
http://worthplaying.com/article/2013/7/6/news/89850/

– Chief Landless

Halo 4 Champions Bundle Announced!

During RTX 2013 343 Industries and Certain Affinity hosted a panel, “What’s Next: Halo 4 Summer 2013″, where they announced the Champions Bundle which contains a bunch of DLC content and will be released August 20th, 2013.

The “Halo 4” Champions bundle — the fourth major expansion in the “Halo” Infinity Multiplayer experience —launches on Aug. 20 for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live. Developed by 343 Industries in collaboration with Certain Affinity, the Champions Bundle delivers three DLC packs (Steel Skin Pack, Bullseye Pack and Infinity Armor Pack) and bonus content, which includes more than 18 new, in-game items that are exclusive to the bundle for a limited time.

Each of the three DLC packs in the Champions bundle will also be available as standalone purchases on launch day. The Bullseye Pack will be available for 480 MS Points and the Infinity Armor Pack and Steel Skin Pack will be available for 240 MS Points each.  The bonus content is only available for a limited time exclusively through the bundle.

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The Bullseye Pack – 480 Microsoft Points:

  • Pitfall – Multiplayer Map (Remake of Halo 3’s “The Pit”)
  • Vertigo – New Multiplayer Map
  • Ricochet Armor – New Multiplayer Armor

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Infinity Armor Pack – 240 Microsoft Points:

  • Prefect Armor – New Multiplayer Armor
  • MARK V Armor –  Multiplayer Armor
  • ODST Armor – Multiplayer Armor

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Steel Skin Pack – 240 Microsoft Points:

  • Steel Weapon Skins for all loadout weapons (Forerunner, Covenant, and UNSC)

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Bonus Content (From the Bundle)

  • New Stances
  • New Armor Skins
  • New Weapon Skins
  • Armor Modifications:
    • Survivor (Unknown): If your vehicle is about to explode, anyone using the armor mod will be kicked out of the vehicle.
    • Recharge (Support Upgrade): Decreases the amount of time before shields begin to recharge (this can be combined with current Tactical Package Shielding).
    • Resistor (Tactical Package): Allows Spartans to maintain their full mobility and dexterity while taking incoming fire.
  • And more!

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– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

Halo 4 Global Championship Registration is Open!

There’s a $200,000 grand prize and $500,000 in total prizes!
You can register now by going to: www.Halo4GlobalChampionship.com

It’s very simple to register, just sign up with your email address associated with your Xbox Live gamertag and you are set!

Upon registration check your email for confirmation and a code to download an Xbox Avatar t-shirt. The same one offered during the CSR Challenge back in April.thumbm

ARE YOU THE BEST OF THE BEST? A CHAMPION? PROVE IT!

You can participate in a few different ways. Aim your sights on this year’s Rooster Teeth Expo (RTX) in Austin, TX, to participate* in our Wild Card Tournament. Can’t make it? Join in for 5 weeks of online qualifiers! Each week, you’ll be challenged to complete at least 20 matches against 7 random players with the game type changing weekly. The top 6 players from RTX, plus the 4 winners from each week of online play, will receive an expenses-paid trip to compete in the Finals! Will you walk away with the $200,000 (USD) Grand Prize and Halo 4 Global Champion title?

Oh, there’s more! (You didn’t really think that was it, did you?) We will also award additional prizes** to a random pool of weekly players so that even players who can’t commit to the full challenge have a chance to participate.

Are you up for the challenge? Then register now and get ready to prove it!

*See Rules & Regulations

So what are you waiting for! Suit up Spartan, there is money and prizes to be won!

Chief money (1)
– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

The Halo Bulletin: May 15th, 2013

This weeks Halo Bulletin covers multiple topics such as weapon balancing, matchmaking updates and more

Weapon Tuning Live Stream Event

Current State of Weapon Tuning

What 343 has been looking at recently. No final list yet.

We’ve mentioned that we’ve been looking at the overall state of game types with vehicular combat and attempting to find a balance with vehicle weapons that makes them the perfect mix of deadly, viable, and, of course, balanced. As of right now, both the Warthog and Mantis chain guns have received a 35% damage increase. In current testing, this increase provides a deadly method for objective play and Slayer domination for players who utilize vehicle play.

Matchmaking Update

Premiering this coming week is the Community Forge Island playlist, which brings with it 6 new community-made maps on Forge Island, and will be available until the June 3rd Matchmaking Playlist Update. If you haven’t yet downloaded the free Forge Island canvas, head here to download to your Xbox 360. The Community Cartographers have worked hard to select some of their favorite map and game type combinations:

Map: Elevated by Smexi Bilzo
Infinity Slayer
Capture the Flag – 5 Flag
Extraction 1-Site

Map: Crucifix by Wraith2098
Capture the Flag – 5 Flag
King of the Hill
Infinity Slayer

Map: Onyx by Hahkarazy
Throwdown v3 Slayer
Throwdown Capture the Flag – 5 Flag
SWAT

Map: Confined by Big Papa Salot
TD Slayer Pro
Team Snipers
Capture the Flag – 5 Flag

Map: Ender by The Fated Fire
King of the Hill
Infinity Slayer
SWAT

Map: Forgotten by Flying Shoe ILR
Extraction 1-Site
Capture the Flag – 5 Flag
King of the Hill

In addition, Big Team Infinity Slayer and Infinity Slayer have some updates as well.

Big Team Infinity Slayer:

  • Slayer Pro added to voting options.
  • Complex added to map rotation.
  • Voting options reorganized to provide increased variety.

Infinity Slayer:

  • Slayer Pro added to voting options.
  • Complex removed from map rotation.
  • Voting options reorganized to provide increased variety.

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!