Bravo, here. The month of June has given me the opportunity to travel to several cities for Halo-related events, and I’ve met some awesome fans along the way. Two weeks ago, I found myself at Arena Gaming League’s Knoxville Halo 4 tournament, where I had a chance to interact with fans, mostly discussing the updated weapon tuning. In Los Angeles, I watched competitors ferociously battle it out while getting the first hands-on look at Halo: Spartan Assault at E3. This past weekend, I traveled to Chicago, where I had the pleasure of providing commentary for UMG’s Halo 4 event and continued to meet a ton of people who love Halo. However, none of these events compares to the Rooster Teeth Expo (RTX) in terms of Red vs Blue cosplay. We’ll also be seeing you at RTX in Austin, TX, next week!
As some of you might have caught on the RTX website, we’ll be hosting a panel at the event called What’s Next: Halo 4 Summer 2013. I’ll be joining Frank, bs angel, Graeme Jennings, and more as we discuss some of the updates and plans that we have for this summer. If you’ll be at the event, we’ll see you from 1 to 2 PM CDT in the Main Ballroom. If you attend, you’ll be eligible to participate in our in-person Halo 4 Free-For-All tournament, as well as eligible to pre-register for the brackets on-site as early as Friday morning. Keep an eye on Waypoint next week for more details regarding RTX!
Halo: Spartan Assault Q&A
Last week, we gave you a look at E3 and Halo: Spartan Assault. You probably had a lot of questions, so we let you ask away on the forums. I sent your questions to people who knew the answers: Kevin Grace and Graeme Jennings, to be exact. Read on for some additional insight into Halo: Spartan Assault!
Will there be any new weapons to use in this game or only weapons from previous games? -Cizlin
We have a suite of the old Halo favorites whilst adding some new turbocharged versions of existing weapons.
Will our profile for Halo: Spartan Assault carry over between Windows 8 PC and Windows Phone 8? -bfett9
Cloud saving is enabled in the game, allowing players to carry their profile over between Windows 8 (Tablet or Desktop) and Windows Phone 8.
How long will it take to complete the main Campaign in Halo: Spartan Assault? -TashiGAF
The main campaign contains 25 missions plus mission-specific and weekly challenges, which add to the gameplay duration.
Where does the story fit in the Halo timeline? -jesse7456
The story of Halo: Spartan Assault takes place in the hectic time between Halo 3 (where it looked like things were calming down as far as intergalactic warfare was concerned) and the start of Halo 4 (where said hopes were quite thoroughly dashed). Anybody who played Halo 4 met Commander Sarah Palmer and the idea of Spartan Ops, and Spartan Assault lets you go back and see where Palmer and this new Spartan mission structure got started.
How much will the game cost? -monkeyisbest
Is 100% of the save data and game progress saved to the cloud? -Falcon 304
Games are saved locally and also saved to the cloud when the user is connected to the Internet.
While the Covenant forces seem to be that of the original empire, with Sangheili and Jiralhanae together, the inclusion of the Spartan-IVs and characters such as Parg Vol indicate that this might be a post-war splinter faction. Any clarification on who we're actually fighting? -Dark Auk
It's a bit too early to head down Spoiler Lane on this one, but you'll be fighting some familiar faces with interesting new motivations.
Will there be a large difference between the prices for each platform, or will it cost the same regardless of platform choice (PC, phone and tablet)? -SpiritHawk7
Price is the same across all platforms.
For the PC platform, will there be a physical disc for the game that one can pre-order and purchase from retailers, or is it download only like on the phone and tablet? -SpiritHawk7
Halo: Spartan Assault is available from the Windows 8 Store or the Windows 8 Phone Store; there is no physical disc.
Can we earn awards in-game that will benefit us in Halo 4, such as weapon skins, XP, Emblems and Armor? -a live dinosaur
Halo: Spartan Assault players will indeed receive extra content in Halo 4, including an Emblem and some XP.
Will we play Palmer as an ODST at any point in this game? -DecepticonCobra
No disrespect to the ODSTs, but once you make it to the Spartans, you stay a Spartan...so no; this story focuses on Commander Palmer's early days as a Spartan-IV.
Is there any significance to Palmer's armor being silver while Spartan Davis’ is gold? -HaloFanForLife1
Is Halo: Spartan Assault going to become a platform to explore more corners of the vast and rich Halo universe? -erickyboo
We've definitely thought about visiting other important moments in the Halo storyline in a Spartan Assault kind of way, but all attention right now is on getting this first effort finished and as awesome as we can make it.
When will Halo: Spartan Assault release? -The Little Moa
July 2013. We have not yet nailed down the specific date. We’ll announce the date just as soon as the details are finalized.
What's the story with the Brutes in Halo: Spartan Assault? Are they part of the Covenant Loyalists? Are they allied with Jul's forces? If so, why? -Toa Freak
We'll have lots more to say about who is or isn't in Halo: Spartan Assault once the game is out in the wild (and what we have to say will make a lot more sense then, too). On the upside, though, there's not long to wait!
As mentioned above, Halo: Spartan Assault launches next month! You can be sure that we’ll have more Spartan Assault goodies coming your way in the Bulletins to come, so stay tuned. Also, stay tuned to see how much higher my scores are compared to others who have ever written the Bulletin.