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 – New Gametype “Ricochet” – Pitfall Ricochet Gameplay

From the 343 Industries Livestream at RTX 2013. “Ricochet”, a new gametype that people are describing it as “combat basketball”. This is from the Champions Bundle and part of the Bullseye Pack!

Buy the Champions Bundle or the Bullseye Pack to grant you access to the new gametype Ricochet 2 weeks early!

Details about the Champions Bundle or the Bullseye Pack are here

Check out the other Champions Bundle videos:

Halo 4 Champions Bundle – “Pitfall” (The Pit Remake) Walkthrough!

Halo 4 Champions Bundle – New Map “Vertigo” Walkthrough!

– Chief Landless

Halo 4 Champions Bundle – “Pitfall” (The Pit Remake) Walkthrough!

From the 343 Industries Livestream at RTX 2013. “Pitfall”, a remake of the classic Halo 3 multplayer map “The Pit”. This is from the Champions Bundle and part of the Bullseye Pack!

This map needs no introduction. It’s a remake of the classic Halo 3 map “The Pit” with some minor changes. Such as a bigger-wider overshield tunnel with a gravity lift to the sword room, and a drop down hatch in the sword room. There will be a vanilla version for multiplayer matches though.

Details about the Champions Bundle or the Bullseye Pack are here

Check out the other Champions Bundle videos:

Halo 4 Champions Bundle – New Gametype “Ricochet” – Pitfall Ricochet Gameplay

Halo 4 Champions Bundle – New Map “Vertigo” Walkthrough!

– Chief Landless

Halo 4 Champions Bundle – New Map “Vertigo” Walkthrough!

From the 343 Industries Livestream at RTX 2013. Vertigo, a new Halo 4 multplayer map from the Champions Bundle and part of the Bullseye Pack!

This map is small-ish, great for team slayer, and features the first game changer elements in a Halo multiplayer map in years.

Details about the Champions Bundle or the Bullseye Pack are here

Check out the other Champions Bundle videos:

Halo 4 Champions Bundle – “Pitfall” (The Pit Remake) Walkthrough!

Halo 4 Champions Bundle – New Gametype “Ricochet” – Pitfall Ricochet Gameplay

– 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 Champions Bundle Trailer!

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.

– 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!

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– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

Is Halo 4 Dead? Population Numbers Continue To Decrease

As many of you are aware, the number of players online player Halo 4 has been on the decline. A popular image has been floating around the inter-webs demonstrating that there is in fact an elephant in the room… or lack there of.

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Shown by this image, Halo Reach was pulling higher numbers this point in it’s video game life cycle than Halo 4. Which is a little disheartening and begs the question what does 343 Industries have to do for Halo 5 and beyond?

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Here’s also a screenshot of the Halo 4 playlists and numbers shortly after the midnight release November 6th PST/PDT for comparison.

Thoughts on what 343 Industries needs to do?

– Chief

Halo 4 Turbo, Spartan Assault, & Xbox One Thoughts!

Hello everyone, just sharing my thoughts on a few things: The Halo 4 Weapon Tuning, 343 Industries and Vanguard Games Windows 8 game Halo Spartan Assault, and finally a particular topic in regards to the on-going (but expected) Xbox One and PS4 console war; because ’tis the season for console wars.

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Share your thoughts and enjoy!

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!