Halo Weekly Update 6/26/14

As the madness of E3 passes, things begin to return to normal. We have some Halo 4 matchmaking info, some RTX news, Halo: Escalation #7 and more this week!

Matchmaking Updates

Whilst there are no specifics on any changes this week, we have an updated matchmaking playlist calender! Expect the following featured playlists over the following months:

July 7 – July 21: Team Oddball

July 21 – August 4: Big Team SWAT

August 4 – August 18: Community Forge Race

August 18 – September 1: Extraction


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Halo at RTX 2014


If the title wasn’t clear enough, Halo and some of the Halo team are making an appearance at RTX 2014!

If you’re lucky enough to be attending the event in person, make sure to stop by the Halo booth to meet members of 343i and grab some limited-edition merch from the store! There will also be closed-doors demos of the Master Chief Collection taking place during the event, showing off Campaign, UI and more.

There will also be a “Play-a-Pro” competition taking place in celebration of Halo 2’s 10th anniversary. Whilst the Master Chief Collection will celebrate Halo 2’s birthday in spirit, this competition will be a true celebration, by pitting players against a selection of 343i’s champions on an old-school setup. We’re talking Xbox Original consoles, and CRT TV’s here. Freeplay will also be available with friends.

There will also be a MCC panel at RTX, with members of 343i and Certain Affinity sharing development stories and more! Details on how to watch/where to go are below:

Halo: The Master Chief Collection RTX Panel
July 5, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CT
Main Hall, Austin Convention Center
Watch Live: http://RTXevent.com/RTXLive/

MCC Pre-Order Bonus Skulls


Below are the latest details on pre-order bonus skulls for The Master Chief Collection, these will be exclusive to the named retailers for a period of time, after which they will all be made available to all players, regardless of where they purchased the game.

Skull Name Description US Pre-Order Location
Bandana Unlimited ammo and grenades Gamestop
Grunt Funeral Grunts will explode after their death Best Buy*
Piñata Enemies will drop plasma grenade with every melee Amazon

*US Best Buy pre-orders will also receive a Prima Games Multiplayer Map Guide.

Halo: Escalation #7


Issue 7 of Halo: Escalation has dropped this week, with a story focused around the aftermath of the attack on New Phoenix, and Spartan Gabriel Thorne.

Eight months ago, an attack on Earth left seven million dead, including the family of Spartan Gabriel Thorne. Today the city has been opened from quarantine, and Thorne is going home to see what’s left and what it has to do with the Master Chief.”

Head over to the Dark Horse website, or ask at your local store to purchase this latest installment!

Waypoint Maintenance

As a small heads-up, there will be a brief period of downtime for Halo Waypoint features, including Fileshare and Stats, on Monday June 30th at 9:00 PST. The maintenance is expected to last around two hours.

That’s all for this week, make sure to check out the latest Bulletin for a LightRifle-themed Screenshot Spotlight!

Until next time!