Wednesday, September 25

The Doctor is in

Dr. Catherine Halsey has a crucial role in the Halo series - effectively the Master Cheif's mother, she was the catalyst for the Spartan Programme and finally appeared in Reach and Halo 4.

Learn more about Dr. Halsey and everything Halo 4 in the all-new Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide which is available in stores now.

Tuesday, September 24

Joe Staten says goodbye to Bungie after 15 years

That's Joe on the left
Sometimes there’s a guy so cool that you just don’t want to meet just in case he isn’t actually cool. I think Bungie’s Joe Staten might be one of those guys. Not that he isn’t actually that cool, it’s that he’s that cool. Cool? Anyways, Joe is leaving Bungie. Cue the boos and hisses! 

Rumour has it he got fired for making Destiny too awesome. Or something. He’s actually leaving with a nice note from Bungie on their homepage.

Here’s State’s leaving note:

Dear community friends,

After fifteen great years at Bungie, from the battlefields of Myth to the mysteries of Halo and beyond, I'm leaving to tackle new creative challenges. While this may come as a surprise, fear not. It's been my pleasure building Destiny these past four years, and after the big reveal this Summer, our hugely talented team is on track for greatness. I'll be cheering all of them, with all of you, when the game launches next year. Thank you for your support of me, and your continued support of Bungie. We couldn't have done it without you.

Per Audacia Ad Astra!
Joseph Staten

What’s next on the horizon for Joe? Time will tell….

Thursday, September 19

Meet Fireteam Majestic from Halo 4

Composed of five SPARTAN-IV soldiers, Fireteam Majestic play an extremely important role in the events of Halo 4. Today, we’ll introduce you to three of its esteemed members.

Learn more about Fireteam Majestic and everything Halo 4 in the all-new Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide which is in stores now.

Sunday, September 15

Halo: Escalation comic series is coming

Halo: Escalation cover artwork

Dark Horse has managed to come up with a new ongoing Halo series, known as Halo: Escalation.

The guts of the story is that the UNSC flagship Infinity is assigned escort duty for a diplomatic mission between the Arbiter and a powerful chieftain of the Brute tribes—but when a rogue Covenant group attacks, it's going to take all the firepower the Spartans have to keep the delegates alive!

This story is from Christopher Schlerf who was a lead writer of Halo 4 so this is presumably a pretty official addition to the cannon of the Halo universe. 

Monday, September 2

So Halo 5 is actually Halo 5 afterall?

halo 5 logo

Axis Animation may let the cat out of the bag that the next Halo game will actually be called Halo 5. While that seems a no brainer, when the trailer for the said Halo game was released, it made no mention of the number or name. Many people did assume that it was Halo 5 of course. I certainly had some thoughts. 

Axis Animation have official Vimeo page that's now been set to private which had a fancy version of the trailer which apparently showed the above image.

Obviously there's no word on whether this version was made before the trailer / teaser came out. Axis does a lot of animation for Microsoft and its assorted studios, including the Spartan Ops videos so you know that it was a least at one time a legit video / screenshot.

But really what's in a name? Combat Evolved is a stupid title that marketing people made Bungie throw on to the word Halo. Luckily that game actually lived up to it's promise...

While some might say the Halo franchise ended in 2007 when Halo 3 finished the fight, us fan boys will lap this up.