The latest issue of Edge Magazine has some new tidbits about Halo Reach, including a statement from the developer that the game is 70% done in total, but not completely done in any one area. Some other interesting tidbits include:
- The campaign will include some massive surprises
- Landscapes will be huge, you might see a co-op buddy fighting way off in the distance
- The Mongoose returns (as if anyone liked that vehicle anyway)
- ODST's night vision mode returns
- The Halo 3 engine was completely gutted for Reach, and practically re-done
- The game will push the 360 to its limits
Let's hope that all their optimism holds true. If I'm going to believe anyone about stuff like that, it's Bungie.
Remember that badass world premiere trailer that aired on the Spike TV VGA awards? According to the LinkedIn profile of former VFX and Compositioning supervisor for Polygon Entertainment, Aaron Rhodes, the whole thing went from concept to completion in just 5 weeks.
I love seeing how these epic trailers come about, and it's pretty remarkable that this one was created in just over a month. So, was it worth the wait?
The first Halo Reach ViDoc, titled "Once More Unto the Breach" has been released, and while I've never really been into ViDocs much this one just blew me away. On top of lots of new info about the game, we got to see the gameplay in motion. Beyond all the typical "this is going to be more character driven, yada yada yada" stuff that we always hear, here are some of the things I took away from the video:
- The first thing you'll notice is that the graphics are gorgeous. We've all seen the screenshots, but they don't do the game justice as to how good it looks in motion.
- Halo 1 pistol is back
- A grenade launcher is among the new weapons
- Another new weapon is a cross between a sniper rifle and an assault rifle. It's single shot, but hold a large clip and has an ACOG scope on it for moderate zoom
- Assassinations now have a separate animation, rather than just punching a guy in the back
- Sprint button?!?! There were definitely some clips of spartans running faster than normal in there with their gun down in a sprint position
Like I said though, the big story here is how great the game looks in motion.
The Halo Reach box art has finally been revealed! Just hit the jump to see it.
So, what are your thoughts? Is it as epic as the game will be?
We know when we'll be playing the beta, but what about where we'll be playing it?
Well, now we know that too as Bungie has revealed the map that the Halo Reach Beta will take place on.
The map is called Powerhouse, and Bungie describes it as...
“Utility and economy spurred industry amidst these isolated and unforgiving badlands, but like all infrastructure facilities on Reach, this hydroelectric site is under the purview of the UNSC war machine. All threats to the continued, predictable operation of humanity’s final line of defense must be met with swift and decisive force.”
It would appear that our speculation about the Halo Reach Beta release date was not far off, as we missed the guess by less than a week.
At Microsoft's X10 gaming conference today, it was officially announced that the beta will drop on May 3rd, and of course will be available to Halo:ODST owners, who will be able to access the beta through the Halo:ODST menus.
No info yet on what will be included in the beta other than "multiplayer", but at least we know when it will be, so we can all stop speculating.
We all know from the Halo Reach World Premiere video that the beta will start some time in Sprint 2010. But a recent auction may provide some additional details to help narrow down the date.
At a recent Child’s Play Charity Auction Dinner briefing, an auction was held to give someone and 7 friends access to the Halo Reach beta, and this is the important part, "before the public". The next important part comes in the dates of the auction, which says that the winner would have access to the beta from April 8th through April 28th.
So, using our wonderful powers of deduction we can conclude that the beta will launch NO EARLIER than April 29th, and can logically conclude that it will actually release right around that time.
Again, keep in mind, this is all speculation.
Whew, after uploading all those screenshots I've barely even got the energy left to type. Suffice it to say, Bungie has released a crap-ton of new screenshots for Halo Reach.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go take a nap or something.
A video popped up on the internet recently, which allegedly shows someone booting up the Halo Reach Beta with a tooltip telling them to press right on the d-pad for "Murder Mode".
My guess is that the video is fake. The user goes out of their way to demonstrate that they're pressing buttons at the same time stuff happens on screen. This would be easy to fake by just building the video in After Effects and memorizing at which points you need to fake a button press. Also it seems unlikely that someone not trying to hide something would go out of their way to show these button presses, especially in a "leaked" video.
Also, and perhaps more notably, notice the typo on Welcome screen which says "launching exclusivity on the Xbox 360 later this year". Yeah..."exclusively" is the word you're looking for there.
But hey, on the off chance that it's not fake, let's all get ready to play some murder mode! Hit the jump to see the video.
So what do you think, real or fake?
EB Games today leaked some official screenshots from Halo Reach, the first of their kind. For some reason, they were quickly pulled from the website and can no longer be viewed there. But fret not friends, we got our dirty little paws on them before they could take them down and now we're passing them on to you. Click the jump and enjoy! There are certainly some interesting things to be deduced from these shots.