Canon Fodder: Buzz Generating

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint: 

BY GRIMBROTHER ONE
ISSUE 80

Welcome friends, and thanks for joining us for another edition of Canon Fodder. Last week, we highlighted some heavy-hitting fiction features that spanned both our Halo Wars 2 announce at E3 2016, as well as our upcoming free content release for Halo 5: Guardians. That content release of course, is the beefy and beautiful Warzone Firefight update, which releases on June 29, and will undoubtedly become a favorite of this particular feature’s regular readers. Earlier this week, our friends at Polygon gave the world their first glimpse of the all new Grunt Goblin and UNSC Wasp. We’ll be taking another look at them today here, but with – as one would expect – a fiction-focused lens, along with a few other cool aspects of the upcoming additions to the Halo universe sandbox. Let’s get started!
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Small VTOL attack craft have been a staple of the UNSC’s military inventory for centuries due to their maneuverability and lack of developed infrastructure on many worlds. Using powerful ducted fan engines pioneered on the AV-30 for lift, the AV-49 Wasp is surprisingly nimble for its level of armor protection and armament, and can reach mission areas quickly with the use of air-cooled vectored-thrust fusion thrusters in forward flight.  Continue reading

Community Update: Warzone Firefight Preview

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint, added commentary by my in BLUE I will also specifically bold certain points in the article in GREEN as a point of focus to take note of:

BY B IS FOR BRAVO

Welcome to the Warzone Firefight preview, friends. Next Wednesday, the newest Halo 5 content release will arrive, and it’s bringing a bunch of friends with it. Between new maps, the Warzone Firefight game mode, Campaign Score Attack, new vehicles and REQs, new enemies, a new Forge canvas, and plenty more, it includes a ton of goodness that we hope you’re excited to jump into when it drops on June 29.

To get you ready for Halo 5’s biggest release yet, we’ve prepared this Community Update with extensive developer commentary on a few of the things you’ll find next week. Additionally, the live stream team is hard at work putting the finishing touches on next week’s show, which will take place on Tuesday, June 28 at 2 P.M. PT sharp. Don’t be late.

Today, we’ll hear from designers, developers, and artists on some of the things they’ve built for you, plus a bit more. Let’s get into it. Also, if you haven’t yet caught the full REQ Reveal for Warzone Firefight, you can catch it here.

WARZONE FIREFIGHT

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Since beta, the Warzone Firefight team has been reviewing your feedback and putting in the time to make updates before the final release. To get the details, I chatted with the some of the folks who are doing said hard work. Take it away, guys.

DAVID ELLIS, MULTIPLAYER DESIGNER

If you’re not familiar with Warzone Firefight (What’s wrong with you? 😊), it’s our brand-new 8-player Co-op mode where you and your Spartan squad must overcome 5 rounds of increasingly difficult objectives to rack up huge scores and emerge victorious. If you are familiar with Warzone Firefight, then chances are you participated in our pre-release beta back in April. And believe me, you were not alone. We were blown away by the community response to beta. Whether internal telemetry, community forum posts or social media replies, we gathered a treasure trove of information and used that data to update and improve the entire Warzone Firefight experience. Your participation and subsequent feedback helped to inform our work for the June release. What’s changed since then you ask? (Even if you didn’t I’m going to tell you anyway because that’s why I’m here).

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Warzone Firefight Comes to Halo 5: Guardians on June 29

This is a reblog from XBOX.com: 

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Since the launch of Halo 5: Guardians last October, fans have had a steady stream of free new maps, game modes, armors, weapon skins and additional customization options to look forward to each month. The eighth and latest free content releaseWarzone Firefight – named after the eponymous new mode – is the biggest expansion to Halo 5: Guardians yet and will arrive next Wednesday on June 29!

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More Firefight Pics and video!

IGN just released a video on some of the new stuff coming to Firefight. It heavily features the new vehicles.

Here are some key screenshot from the video:

Here are four successive pan shots of the Gruntbuster (Yes, I know it’s the Goblin, but I like my name better, LOL).Gruntbuster Pan_SM

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New Global Licensed Partners Coming to Halo

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The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown from video games into a global entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original Halo: Combat Evolved, the $5 billion franchise includes critically acclaimed games, multiple New York Times best-selling novels, a live-action digital series, comic books, toys and action figures, apparel and more.

In advance of the Licensing Expo 2016, a consumer products industry convention running from June 21 to 23, 343 Industries is excited to announce new global licensed partners coming to Halo, bringing exciting new Halo-themed products for years to come.

“The Halo Nation is built from the best fans in the world who have formed communities around everything from construction toys to dedicated cosplay and competitive esports,” stated head of Halo consumer products John Friend. “By expanding our consumer products line-up with new licensed partners around the world, we’re excited to offer even more options for everyone from families and new fans to our core collectors who have been with us for the past 15 years of the Halo franchise.” Continue reading

Canon Fodder: Surface Features

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

BY GRIMBROTHER ONEISSUE 79

Greetings, fiction-followers, and thanks for tuning in for another edition of your favorite Halo story corner. Last time we met, we recapped the story of the original Halo Wars for, you know, no good reason at all. And this week has been pretty quiet on all fronts, really. Not a whole lot going on, not a bunch to talk about. I mean, other than E3, Halo Wars 2, and Warzone Firefight fiction. But other than that, nothing. Promise.

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Okay I lied. So this week, the Halo heavy hitting came from the hallowed halls of the 2016 Xbox E3 presence, and the initial salvo was provided in unsurprisingly spectacular fashion with a new cinematic trailer courtesy of our friends and partners at Blur Studio. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it right meow. If you have already seen it, you know you want to watch it again. I’ll wait, promise. In fact, I’m probably watching it again myself right this very moment. We’re one and the same, you and I.

Community Update: Warzone Firefight Sneak Peak

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint: 

We have returned from the annual pilgrimage of E3. In mostly one piece. Over the past four days, thousands of players stopped by the Halo Wars 2 booth to get hands-on with PC and Xbox One, and many more of you have joined the Halo Wars 2 beta, which still has a few days remaining. In fact, to thank you for your playtime, patience, and enthusiasm, we’ll be extending the Halo Wars 2 Beta on Xbox One through Wednesday, June 22. We hope you’re able to get a few extra battles in.

I myself am looking forward to spending some time at home with Deathmatch, which just released today in beta. Grim will be talking a bit more about Halo Wars 2 later on in today’s blog.

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Mattel Halo exclusive at SDCC 2016: Spartan Helioskrill

If you’re one of the lucky few who get to go to SDCC, you have the opportunity to get a very cool Halo exclusive!

The Spartan Helioskrill from Mattel is the first exclusive from Mattel (Not including Mega Bloks).

Here’s Mattel’s official blurb on this:
Mattel’s new 6” action figure series brings the world of HALO to life with an iconic line of UNSC Spartans and Covenant forces! This collector’s grade Spartan Helioskrill figure is designed with extreme detail and includes legendary accessories, removable armor, and 30 points of articulation for a highly poseable form. This figure includes a fully interchangeable, mix-and-match armor suit and 2 accessories so you can customize your figure with others in the full line.

For San Diego Comic-Con only, figure comes with unique blue armor skin, RECRUIT visor, and legendary “Bracer” MA5 accessory.

It comes packaged in this nicely printed box. Something many of we collectors will keep no doubt!MTL SDCC16 Helioskrill Boxed Continue reading

Know Your Enemy!

This is reblog from Halo Waypoint. Visit the Halo Wars 2 section of HFFL to get all the up to date info on the game!

During the E3 2016 Xbox Media Briefing today, we were excited and honored to share a brand new glimpse into a long awaited sequel – and next great adventure in our universe – Halo Wars 2. Created by 343 Industries and Real-Time Strategy genre veterans Creative Assembly, Halo Wars 2 lets fans on both Windows 10 and Xbox One go from the couch to the command chair to lead their forces against the enemy throughout an epic campaign and intense multiplayer action. Plus, we announced an online Multiplayer Beta running from Jun 13-20 that you can download and play right now on Xbox One.

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Halo Toy Previews: Newly Announced Halo Mega Bloks sets!!

A friend shot me a quick tweet letting me know that there are some new sets that have shown up on the Toys R Us (Canada) website. (Thank Kevin!)  I should also note that these are for PRE-ORDER only, ATM.

For those not in Canada, you won’t be able to order them as ToysRUs.ca does NOT ship outside of Canada… BOOO!

Anyway, here are THREE new sets!

Arena Champions Battlepack:
Sells for $29.99 (Canadian)
Estimated shipping date is 9/30/16.
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Halo Wars 2: Behind the Scenes, Interview, Multiplayer and Tutorial Videos!

There has been so much Halo Wars 2 news to come out over the course of the last couple of days. I would have posted this earlier, however, I’ve been BUSY playing the Beta itself.

Let’s start off with a cool BTS vid!

I don’t know about you folks, but there are a LOT of screenshots I got from this video! So many cool things in it!

Here’s an interview vid with Dan Ayoub. (Not ether interviewer says 3-43 instead of 3-4-3… Continue reading

Atriox Arises!

If you didn’t see during yesterday’s XBOX Presentation at E3, the Halo Wars 2 trailer was shown. Within it, we saw more of the Brute Baddie that we’ve caught glimpses of over the past few months.

Well now we know his name. It is Atriox.

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Atrium is the leader of a new group called “The Banished”. Taking a guess here, this off-shoot group are those who stay with the Covenant after the great Schism, but did NOT align with Jul ‘Mdama. Hence they were banished from both the Covenant and their home worlds’ armies. I say homeworlds because we also now know that the Banished are made up of several former Covenant races. Brutes, Elites, Grunts, and Hunters are confirmed. Any others outside of these has not yet been officially revealed. Continue reading