Wednesday, July 24

Further proof Jun survived Halo: Reach

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We all know Jun got off Reach during the events of Halo: Reach as he was on the same ship as Halsey who turned up in Halo 4. However doubts have lingered till now as to what happened and did he really survive? A Redditor thinks he's found an answer.

Here's the write up on Xbox Live about Commander Palmer if you wish to buy her armour for your XBL avatar. Gosh knows why you would buy it when it costs 320 MS points but that's not the point. The reference to Jun is:

"Once an ODST, Sarah Palmer was hand-picked by former Spartan-III Jun A-266 to be one of the first candidates in the new Spartan IV program. Quickly proving herself during the defense of the UNSC Infinity from a hostile takeover by Insurrectionists, Palmer was soon called upon to lead a Spartan strike team during the historic Battle of Draetheus-V. Now the senior Spartan aboard Infinity, Commander Palmer went on to be instrumental in the recovery of the Master Chief and the defeat of Jul ‘Mdama at Requiem."

Yes, yes, I hear you, the question is when did Jun hand-pick Palmer... Maybe that will be answered in Halo: Initiation.

Also did they just ruin the ending of season 2 of Spartan Ops? Cos I'm pretty sure thye did as the season left on a cliff hanger with Jul alive having snagelled one half of a very important key?

Monday, July 22

Halo: Spartan Assault Soundtrack Tracklisting

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Halo: Spartan Assault Soundtrack Tracklisting 

The soundtrack features 27 tracks from Tom Salta's original score and is available worldwide on Amazon, iTunes, Xbox Music and other digital music services through Microsoft Studios Music.

Tom Salta created an authentic "Halo" original score for "Spartan Assault," blending ethereal choral arrangements, piano motifs, rock guitars, synth ambience and sweeping sci-fi orchestral compositions that are distinctly representative of the franchise.

Salta also expands the "Halo" universe with original sounds to complement the musical blueprint of the first trilogy and beyond, combined with a full modern sound production to create a contemporary and classic "Halo" soundtrack.

Track Listing:

1. Legacy

2. Stark

3. Who's There?

4. Bridge Too Far

5. Hunted

6. Ready or Not

7. Wolverines Return

8. Rising

9. Survive

10. Prelude

11. Breaking The Code

12. The Big Guns

13. Quiet Giant

14. Guns in the Dark

15. Epic Evolution

16. Eliminate the Resistance

17. Night Dreams

18. Wolverines Reborn

19. Regret

20. Castle Defense

21. Simple Mystery

22. Intimate

23. Onslaught

24. Elevated

25. Knock Knock

26. Night Guards

27. Finishing the Fight

We're it so easy to do this!

I only wish my Achievements in the Halo realm matched this players! I presume Spartan Assault played on your Windows device can be tied to your Xbox account.

Saturday, July 13

Have you tried the Chief's cololgne, Mjolnir?

Got a big date with an A.I.? Have a desire to impress your Commander? Just want to smell fresh after along day smashing Promethean Knight's heads together? Then we literally have a solution for you - Mjolnir by the Chief.

mjolnir cologne halo chief

While the Elite by Sanghelli sold well, it alienated most of the UNSC fleet. UNSC Command expects this fresh and floral bouquet will freshen the halls of mess tents and space galleys like no cologne has before.

Wednesday, July 10

Major Nelson is promising "Mega Surprises" for Halo at SDCC

Major Nelson thinks Frankie et al might surprise us at San Diego Comic Com. At least twice as he used the word 'surprises' and that they would both be "mega":

Inside the Looking Glass: Building “Halo” Worlds and Wonders, Past, Present and Future
Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 18, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Spartans Unite! Join Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director), Dan Ayoub (Executive Producer), and other 343 Industries guests as they celebrate and discuss the exciting new addition to the “Halo” universe (“Halo: Spartan Assault”), the new comic-book series from Dark Horse Comics (“Halo: Initiation”), along with some “Mega” surprises.

In case Nelson has forgotten what mega means:

So those are some extremely large expectations the Major has set up, don't let us down bro!

Update: There were no Mega Surprises at all. Shame.

Tuesday, July 9

Halo: Mortal Dictata by Karen Travis is coming in January 2014

Here's a statement from Tor Books about the third novel by Karen Travis that's set in our beloved Halo universe:
'Tor Books and 343 Industries™ are excited to announce the forthcoming January 2014 publication of Halo: Mortal Dictata by #1 New York Timesbestselling author Karen Traviss. 
Traviss has penned #1 bestselling novels in the Star Wars universe, as well as bestselling novels for the Gears of War franchise, and this winter she completes the “Kilo-Five” story, her trilogy set in the Halo® universe.
Based on the universe and characters from the multimillion copy selling Xbox video games, Mortal Dictata completes a trilogy set in the Halo universe, and ties into the story of Halo 4, which launched in November 2012.'
 I haven't read any of the prior novels but that girl on the front seems a little out of place....?

Saturday, July 6

The Pit returns in new Halo 4 DLC

This has nothing to do with Halo but I thought you might like it...
Polygon reports there's ANOTHER round of Halo DLC coming out in August:

"Halo 4 will receive new multiplayer maps and an additional mode called Ricochet as part of the Champions Bundle343 Industries announced during a Rooster Teeth Expo livestream.

The downloadable content will be available as a complete bundle or separate packs. The Bullseye Pack will introduce sports-themed Spartan armor and new maps Pitfall, which is a remake of Halo 3's The Pit, and Vertigo. The pack's new mode, Ricochet, introduces 5v5 gameplay in what the developer calls "combat basketball." Players will compete for possession of a ball while scoring points, attacking and defending. Players can either throw the ball into the goal or run it in, which rewards more points.
New weapons and armor, including the Prefect, Mark V and ODST armor sets, will be available for separate purchase in the Infinity Armor Pack and the Steel Skin PackPlayers must purchase the map pack or complete bundle to receive the new mode for the first two weeks. Afterwards, it will be live for everyone via matchmaking.odst, halo 4, dlc
The Champions Bundle will be available Aug. 20 for 800 Microsoft Points. It will not be included as part of Halo 4's Season Pass." 
Due to being pretty busy with a job and baby and a preference for campaign games these days, I haven't even played on the last round of DLC maps. I'm such a naughty Halo fan....