Michael II

343 to Release Title Update in August

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They Say Goodbye; We Say Halo

It goes without saying that we can’t wait to see what Bungie has up their collective sleeve. We are—as well as folks tasked with continuing the epic Halo legacy—big gamers and fans of everything Bungie has done up to this point. And we know that what they’re going to do next is going to be every bit as exciting. So we wish them the best and look forward to playing it ourselves. But back at work, Halo beckons–and come August, we’re going to be running that particular show. Gulp…

Part of running that particular show is listening to the feedback you leave on our forums, across our social networks, and other places you frequently congregate. During one of our customary eavesdropping rounds, we couldn’t help but notice a few of you behaving rather oddly. Doing such things like stockpiling two weeks’ worth of emergency food rations instead of neutrally-placed flags. Or wondering, sometimes in all caps, if playlists will be updated come August and beyond. I’d like to take a moment to tell you that you don’t need to make alternative arrangements for your pet moas quite yet. Rest assured, your Halo adventures will continue to exist just as they do today.

The wheels have been, and continue to, turn at a startlingly fast rate as we find ourselves busy developing web updates, planning forum improvements, and brainstorming various new features which will roll out over the remainder of the year. These things won’t appear out of the blue tomorrow, mind you. They will, however, arrive after their gestation period has reached a state of completion. If you’re someone who likes to be prepared, I have drafted an incredibly detailed checklist of things you can do before August arrives.

bs angel’s Super-Official Gettin’-Ready Checklist:

1. Don’t worry.

2. Be happy.

Before you tackle the above tasks, there is one more thing we should talk about, something we hinted at both during E3 and, more recently, in the first paragraph of this Bulletin. We’re pleased to confirm that we’re planning a Title Update (a small download which will add some interesting functionality) for Halo: Reach in preparation for the multiplayer aspect of Halo: Anniversary.

If your heart suddenly sped up, fret not, Reach fan. This is something that will not only sit side-by-side with Reach’s existing gameplay and will be accessible by both Reach and Anniversary players, but will allow us to make fairly significant changes to multiplayer gameplay within the confines of Matchmaking. We’ve talked about this as a way to better recreate the classic Halo: CE feel for the new classic maps, and it will let us do some things in gameplay that simply aren’t possible now. I don’t want to give too much away until we get through gameplay and bug-testing, but an example scenario would be allowing you to play, say, [REDACTED] with zero fall damage. Now that’s a limited and simplistic example, but it does speak to the way we’re approaching the changes philosophically. There are some bigger ticket “classic” Halo gameplay elements which people are clamoring for and which we intend to do our best to deliver on. More news about specific changes and the timing of the Title Update will be forthcoming. But I can say that, having tried a few of the more significant tweaks, certain “classic” elements are already working with beautiful and deadly efficiency.

We congratulate, thank, and celebrate Bungie as they close the Halo chapter of their lives. For those of us at 343, though? Well, I think we're just getting started…

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I believe FSUFMX has contact with a Halo Waypoint employee?

We need to start a letter to 343 that demonstrates that we are the leading race community etc., and that we have very beneficial ideas that would help make the game better such as milliseconds to lap times and adding points for kills for the Battletracks gametype. Anyone good at persuasive essays?

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I don't care about milliseconds, what I want in race is a lap counter. And I really want them to make a race playlist.

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I'll take a crack at it and send in a draft. These would be my suggestions: Milliseconds, Race Matchmaking playlist (BT included), more forging tools, Pelicans/Phantoms available in Forge and Custom Games, useable Falcon passenger seats, and whatever else you can come up with.

P.S. Obviously, this is not the Essay.

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I'll take a crack at it and send in a draft. These would be my suggestions: Milliseconds, Race Matchmaking playlist (BT included), more forging tools, Pelicans/Phantoms available in Forge and Custom Games, useable Falcon passenger seats, and whatever else you can come up with.

P.S. Obviously, this is not the Essay.

Plasma not trying to be mean but you should let a admin or a staff do it instead of you.

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Plasma not trying to be mean but you should let a admin or a staff do it instead of you.

I'm just throwing out my suggestions. In my opinion, Reach would be a lot better if 343 Industries tool in my input. Besides, I'm good at writing persuasive essays.

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