Gamers, get ready. It’s time to dust off your old ODST discs and jump into the Halo Reach Beta. Now if you’re anything like me, chances are that you haven’t touched ODST in months. Now, I really don’t know who this chick is, but she gives us a crash course on the latest in the beta.
Keep in mind that the beta could take quite some time downloading so be patient and don’t hit “B” by accident and cancel your download like I did. Also, a bunch of people over at Joystiq were complaining earlier that their downloads weren’t working. As it turned out, rebooting the Xbox was the cure to this issue so keep that in mind when you come across any issues. Happy killing.
Am I the only one who was led to believe the Legendary Edition would be hard to get, and likely be sold out even before launch? Turns out, it was just a push to get more preorders. Who would have thought. Regardless, if you are looking back and wishing you got a shiny Master Chief helmet to call your own, Halo 3 Legendary Edition is Amazon’s Deal of the Day. It can be yours for $109.99 with free shipping. Get it here.
In the impossible event that Bungie and Microsoft were to part ways, (impossible need I remind you), who would take over the Halo universe?
I don’t know when the hell they got involved in the gaming industry, but some guy from MTV has made list of eleven possible candidates.
Now, I deeply question the gamer credibility of anyone affiliated with MTV, but this guy brings up some good points.
Lets see, a game that rakes in 300 million in the first week and good ol’ Billy is going to let them go? Yeahhh…
As for Epic making the next Halo…that’s just about as sacrilegious as anything gets.
THIS JUST IN…PIGS CAN FLY! The week long rumors have been confirmed. Here’s what Bungie had to say.
KIRKLAND, Wash. â€” Oct. 5, 2007 â€” Bungie and Microsoft Corp. today announced a plan for Bungie Studios, the developers of Microsoftâ€™s â€œHaloâ€ franchise, to become a privately held independent company, Bungie, LLC, in which Microsoft will hold a minority equity interest. As part of this transaction, Bungie and Microsoft have forged a deep and long-term development and publishing relationship focused on the continued success of the â€œHaloâ€ franchise. It is also the intent of both parties to expand their partnership to include new IP created and owned by Bungie.
You can check out the rest of the press release here. I must warn you, it is quite emotional.
Minority equity interest huh? Didn’t see that coming!
Do you remember back in 2005, there was a stink about PGR2 and Perfect Dark Zero not running at a full 720p? They are rendered at a lower resolution, and then upscaled to 720p (or whatever resolution you have your 360 set to). So here we are, almost a full 2 years later, and the consoles biggest game even suffers from the same affliction. The smart people at the Beyond3D Forums got out their digital cameras and started counting pixels, and this is what they found:
Now before you call shenanigans, let me explain how this works. This has been confirmed using multiple stills from different sources. Here is how the math goes: Each “step” in a jaggy alias line equals one vertical pixel at the images native resolution (for angles beneath 45 degrees). In this example there are 16 steps in the jagged line. This means in the native rendering, there in a 16 pixel height difference between step 1, and step 16. This picture was taken on a 720p native LCD, running Halo 3 at “720p.” So when you have an alias line with 16 steps, there should be a physical height difference of 16 pixels. But instead here, there is an 18 pixel height difference!
What this means is the native image is only 16/18, or 88.88% (repeating), of the 720p outputted image. That means Halo 3 is only internally rendered at 640p, and the image is upscaled by the 360 to 1280×720.
More examples (on a 1080p display, so the math is slightly different)
Running at only 1138×640, that means there are 728,320 pixels. That’s a full 193,280 pixels LESS than 720p. In fact, it is even less pixels than your very average 1024×768! Hardly what anyone would consider “high-def.”
Again, these conclusions are not just being drawn from this one image. It has been verified on multiple displays running in 1:1 mode. When an LCD is running in 1:1, that means ever pixel in the image is mapped to it’s own pixel on the display. In every instance it is conclusive that Halo 3 is running at precisely 640p. This of course does not change how much fun the game is, or even how good it looks… even if we’re getting robbed of a few (hundred thousand) pixels.
On the bright side, Halo haters can no longer call Halo 3 “just Halo 2 graphics in HD.”
Side note: Before anyone accuses me of Halo hating… I’m enjoying the game thoroughly. I just think it’s sad the 360’s flagship game isn’t even running in high-def, let alone with anti-aliasing. I’m not a graphics whore though, and I still believe gameplay comes before graphics… but come on. Don’t put 720p/1080p on the box, and tell us everything on the 360 is in HD.
And not just the ending, either. The whole game. As in to download and play. This of course isn’t unusual by any means, especially with a few stores breaking street date, rebel employees, and a flood of copies on ebay. In the right hands (or wrong, depending on your perspective) that equates to a scene release or torrent.
From the looks of it, at least two groups have released Halo 3 in the past two days, with ccclx the only making it onto nforce (nfo).
Today Microsoft has released a minor update to enable support for the future “big button” remote. There is already speculation this update has something to do with Halo 3, and “the banhammer.” While there are currently hacked firmwares to play this release and others on your 360 undetected, Microsoft could once again up the ante and ban all modded consoles that connect to Live. There haven’t yet been any reports of banned consoles after todays update.
The press release arrived in my inbox just moments ago. The game has officially gone gold and has been released to manufacturing. Here is the full press release:
Most Anticipated Title of 2007 Released to Manufacturing, Begins Final March to Xbox 360
The wait is almost over. â€œHalo 3,â€ the final chapter in the groundbreaking â€œHaloâ€ trilogy and the most anticipated game release of 2007, has been released to manufacturing.
Three years in the making by renowned developer Bungie Studios, â€œHalo 3â€ is now finished and will begin its journey to store shelves around the world in less than four weeks. â€œHalo 3,â€ which has already set new records as the fastest preordered game in history, has exceeded one million presales in North America alone. The title is set to shatter day-one entertainment sales records when it is released worldwide beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25.
â€œThis is a huge milestone for us and a big cause for celebration at Bungie and Microsoft Game Studios,â€ said Harold Ryan, Studio Head at Bungie Studios. â€œThis is the game weâ€™ve always wanted to make and certainly the best game our studio has developed. We canâ€™t wait for gamers to get their hands on it on Sept. 25.â€
Created by legendary developer Bungie Studios and exclusive to the Xbox 360â„¢ video game and entertainment system, â€œHalo 3â€ will set a new standard for interactive storytelling and social gaming by engaging consumers worldwide in Master Chiefâ€™s epic battle to save humankind. In November 2004, the worldâ€™s view of video games changed forever with the release of â€œHalo 2,â€ which generated a record-setting $125 million (U.S.) in sales within the first 24 hours and changed the way people think about interactive entertainment. Three years later, it remains the most-played game on Microsoftâ€™s Xbox LIVEÂ® online gaming and entertainment network, with nearly 1 billion hours of online gaming logged to date.
If it follows in Halo 2’s footsteps, this means it could hit the pirate channels any day. I can’t imagine the security they must have on it this time around, though. September 25th is officially imminent.
The internet exploded yesterday with videos of the Halo 3 Guardian map from the PAX Omegathon. Here is the second and final map shown, Narrows. Now excuse my newbishness for a second, but what was the green blob shooting gun?! I checked the Halo 3 wikipedia entry, but there is no mention of it in the weapons category. Whatever it is, it looks like it can do some massive damage. Even in the hands of that rather bad player, it got some quick kills. So did the fire bomb.