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  • The Halo Bulletin: 4.16.14

    By B is for Bravo -

    This Monday, I came into the office a bit early. It was quiet, with only a dozen or so early birds at their desks working on all sorts of unannounced projects. Needing to catch up on work, I naturally spent the first 20 minutes reorganizing the various amount of Halo figures, plushies, and limited edition trinkets on my desk in to the perfect arrangement. Then I finally headed into the kitchen to get a morning cup of tea. That’s when it happened.

    I hear a pretty loud “THUD!” behind me, and turn to a co-worker to find out where the noise came from. Our eyes gravitate toward the refrigerators that house a variety of beverages that keep 343’ers quenched throughout the day. Frozen sodas were splatted across the glass. Initially, this gave me an extreme craving for a Slush Puppie, but I then realized that a soda had violently exploded and that we might have an issue on our hands. I walked over to the refrigerator and saw something I may never forget.

    Throughout the entire fridge, several dozen kamikaze sodas had already exploded, leaving tasty, frozen carbonated slush and jagged-edged soda-can-shrapnel all over the place. Seconds later, another exploded and sent the neatly stacked Coke Zeroes into a domino-like tumble. At this point, I realized the studio was in extreme danger, and took the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe.

    What I’m trying to say is that I made a sign. Two signs, actually.

    About a minute or two after making these very serious signs, a team member from the Halo Waypoint web team approached the fridge, and I cautioned them to not open it. Seconds later, another “THUD!” was heard as another self-destructive soda came flying at the glass. We looked at each other for a moment. Did I save his life? Yes. Did I save many lives that morning? Probably. Am I a hero? No. The real hero is the refrigerator maintenance man who bravely, without any tactical gear, let alone facial or cranial protection, exposed himself to extreme danger as he emptied the fridge out one explosive can at a time.

    Lesson: If you want colder soda, don’t turn the temperature down. That turns the fridge into a vicious life-threatening machine. Use ice cubes.

    This week we’ve got a lighter Bulletin, but a few things to talk about. Let’s get into it. 

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  • Proving Ground Top 200: 4.15.14

    By B is for Bravo -

    Below, you'll find the top 200 players in the Proving Ground Playlist as of 4.13.14. To participate, head into Proving Ground and start playing! You can track your CSR (Competitive Skill Rank) for the playlist by visiting your Halo 4 Service Record. To learn more about CSR, head here. Only CSR 50 players will have a progress bar next to their ranking, which will allow for direct comparison between other CSR 50 players. We are currently in Season 1 of the Proving Ground Top 200, which ends on 5.12.14. Check back next week to see if you made it into the Top 200!

    Rank MVP CSR
    1 Bi0h
    2 FlawlessNSP
    3 Skiperior
    4 Twissted Mindss
    5 ZeuCifer
    6 GooN iZz BacK
    7 ElBurgerWeiner
    8 I Shoota I
    9 Honest Paradox
    10 xXBOXx L1VE
    11 Dirtying
    12 Smoke Yadig
    13 MileyCyrus21343
    14 Sour Onion
    15 Alanimaul
    16 WhyIsMyButtSore
    17 Gamble007
    18 Throttle
    19 Keonelehua
    20 Adapt to Crime

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  • Halo: Spartan Assault now supports Community Meld on Xbox One

    By B is for Bravo -

    We have been working with the Xbox team to integrate the Community Meld, a new Xbox One feature that you may have seen on Killer Instinct, into Halo: Spartan Assault.

    We’re excited about the potential of the Community Meld and want to let you in on how we’re thinking about this feature for our games. You shouldn’t have to leave the game to get the latest news and information about new products and more. We realize that you don’t always want to open up a website on your laptop or mobile device, and that it might be easier to skim through news and upcoming projects and watch new videos right in the game itself. As more news is released this year, we are excited to bring you details about future projects, game updates, and all the latest information in the Community Meld.

    Learn more about Halo: Spartan Assault

  • Halo 4 Matchmaking Update: 4.14.14

    By B is for Bravo -


    Every two weeks we update Halo 4 Matchmaking with exciting new game types, playlist changes and more. You can see what we have planned in the months ahead by visiting the Matchmaking Playlist Calendar, but below you can get details on what's now available in today's Halo 4 Matchmaking Update.

    Ninja Assassins

    Ninja Assassins is an 8-player Free-for-All game type that features Spartans decked out in custom armor, equipped with Energy Swords and Sniper Rifles, and outfitted with the Thruster Pack. Motion tracker is disabled, and ten points are awarded for each kill. Watch your back, though! Assassinations will net players 30 points – the equivalent of three kills. During each life, you’ll level up – this is accomplished by getting kills in succession. One kill will bring you to level 1, two kills for level 2, and if you manage to get three kills in a row, you’ll be at level 3 – here are the details and attributes of each level:

    Ninja Level 1
    Shields recharge at a faster rate (2x)
    Assassinations performed at a faster rate (2x)

    Ninja Level 2
    Shields recharge at a faster rate (2x)
    Shields recharge sooner than normal (after 3 seconds)
    Assassinations performed at a faster rate (3x)

    Ninja Level 3
    Shields recharge at a faster rate (2x)
    Shields recharge sooner than normal (after 2 seconds)
    Assassinations performed at a faster rate (4x)
    Unlimited Thruster Pack energy

    Ninja Assassins will be available as our featured playlist through April 28. 

    Big Team Battle Refresh

    Here’s what’s coming in the Big Team Battle playlist:

    Neutral Flag

    The game type will be played on the following maps:

    • Ragnarok
    • Exile
    • Longbow

    We also added Excavation and Panic Station, two brand new community maps with help from Community Cartographers Flying Shoe ILR and The Psycho Duck.

  • Fan Art Focus: 4.11.14

    By B is for Bravo -

    Halo is an ever-expanding universe that inspires us each and every day, and your creations tell us that we’re not alone. This particular series, Fan Art Focus, showcases the amazing artwork created by talented members of our community. Enjoy these lovingly-crafted homages, and if you have work that you'd like to submit for possible future inclusion, send it along with your Gamertag to community[at]HaloWaypoint.com.

    Arbiter

    Author: William Eason

  • The Halo Bulletin: 4.9.14

    By B is for Bravo -

    Last week, a strange package arrived at the studio. Actually, similar to last time, it was more like a normal box and not very suspicious, but the contents were far from ordinary. Shortly after its arrival, bs angel walked over to my desk with quite a surprise. In her hands she held a battle damaged Noble Six helmet, modeled after the Mortal Dictata cover. It was sent over by Jim from Stony Props, and it is absolutely incredible.

    Fan-made Noble Six helmet

    We decided to take a bunch of pictures while wearing the helmet, because that’s what we do when cool fan-made props arrive at the studio:

    bs angel is not standing on a chair

    Creations like this bring us big smiles (as you can clearly see above – under the helmet, Laskan has a huge smile on his face), and we’d like to thank Jim for sending over this masterpiece, as well as each and every one of you who have ever shared your community creations with us. Not only are they super awesome, but when designers, testers, artists and producers see these creations, whether on a forum or inside the studio, it reminds us how talented and special the fans of this franchise are, and why we get to do what we do every day. Also, it’s been really fun wearing this helmet around the studio every day, and I don’t anticipate that getting old any time soon.

    This week we have lots to talk about – a new Matchmaking playlist, an upcoming 1 vs. 1 tournament, a Halo: Spartan Assault update and more. Let’s get into it!

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  • Proving Ground Top 200: 4.7.14

    By B is for Bravo -

    Below, you'll find the top 200 players in the Proving Ground Playlist as of 4.7.14. To participate, head into Proving Ground and start playing! You can track your CSR (Competitive Skill Rank) for the playlist by visiting your Halo 4 Service Record. To learn more about CSR, head here. Only CSR 50 players will have a progress bar next to their ranking, which will allow for direct comparison between other CSR 50 players. We are currently in Season 1 of the Proving Ground Top 200, which ends on 5.12.14. Check back next week to see if you made it into the Top 200!

    Rank MVP CSR
    1 Bi0h
    2 FlawlessNSP
    3 Skiperior
    4 Twissted Mindss
    5 GooN iZz BacK
    6 ElBurgerWeiner
    7 ZeuCifer
    8 Honest Paradox
    9 Dirtying
    10 Alanimaul
    11 MileyCyrus21343
    12 xXBOXx L1VE
    13 Sour Onion
    14 Smoke Yadig
    15 WhyIsMyButtSore
    16 Throttle
    17 Keonelehua
    18 Adapt to Crime
    19 Hazzard Just
    20 Gamble007

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  • Halo: Spartan Assault is now available on Steam!

    By B is for Bravo -

    Halo: Spartan Assault brings the excitement of Halo combat to Steam for the very first time! The epic top-down, twin-stick shooter is now available on Steam for $4.99.

    Battle your way through 30 action-packed missions against the Covenant as you explore the origin of the Spartan Ops program featured in Halo 4. Earn Steam achievements, complete missions and compete against your friends for the top scores in the leaderboards. 

    Spartan Assault is a true Halo game,
    even if the series signature scope and size are scaled down.
         -     Gamer Informer, 8.25/10

    Halo: Spartan Assault is an addictive shooter that retains
    enough of the look and elements of the Halo universe to please.
         -     PC Magazine, 4/5

    Varied, bite-sized missions fit the top-down play perfectly.
         -     Digital Trends, 4/5

    Learn more about Halo: Spartan Assault

  • Special Edition playlist: Ricochet Rebound

    By B is for Bravo -

    Ricochet Rebound is a special edition playlist and only available this weekend, so hop in before it’s gone! The game type features a brand-new 4 vs. 4 playlist inspired by basketball-themed game types from community Forger HOBO ITCHY.

    Here’s a breakdown of the rules:

    • Primary Weapon: Scattershot / Shotgun
    • Secondary Weapon: Sticky Detonator
    • Score to Win: 15 points
    • Time Limit: 10 minutes
    • A “throw” = 1 point
    • A “dunk” (slamming into the hoop) = 2 points
    • Ball Reset Time: 15 second ball reset
    • Automatic Pickup: Enabled
    • Respawn Time: 3 Seconds

    The playlist will be available from April 4–7. Head into Halo 4 Matchmaking to join the special-edition action!

    Click here for an exclusive interview with HOBO ITCHY

  • Fan Art Focus: 4.4.14

    By B is for Bravo -

    Halo is an ever-expanding universe that inspires us each and every day, and your creations tell us that we’re not alone. This particular series, Fan Art Focus, showcases the amazing artwork created by talented members of our community. Enjoy these lovingly-crafted homages, and if you have work that you'd like to submit for possible future inclusion, send it along with your Gamertag to community[at]HaloWaypoint.com.


    The Bridge

    Author: Dimcommander