Way Beyond the Beta: Screenshots Galore

Months ago, media mens came to the Bungie headquarters to get some new scoops in the wake of the Halo 3 Public Beta.


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Halo 3 7/3/2007 5:35 PM PDT

Bungie Weekly Update: 06/29/07

More terrabytes than you can shake a stick at. Where has Mister Chief been? And a mode one dood called "the greatest ever," in multiplayer.


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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 6/29/2007 5:18 PM PDT

Humpday Challenge: Cowardice and TrueSkill

Team EGM is in the house this week for the Humpday; but they pulled up lame. Thankfully, the folks from TrueSkill were willing to oblige.


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Inside BungieHalo 3 6/28/2007 7:20 PM PDT

Halo ActionClix: A Different Game Design

Finger-sized figures and the table top game you'll play with them this fall. Meet the Halo ActionClix.


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CommunityHalo 3 6/28/2007 11:48 AM PDT

Halo-Themed Forza Cars: A Winner is Who?

Not three, but four winners in the "make a sweet Halo-themed car in Forza 2" talentacular.


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CommunityHalo 3 6/26/2007 5:03 PM PDT

HBO's Zune Contest Winners Announced!

Halo.Bungie.Org's Zune giveaway has found four winners. Now their entries are up for your perusal.


HBO's Louis Wu admits that the Zune Contest was "not without its headaches," the contest was definitely a success. And now, at its conclusion four talented users have won themselves one of those fancy Halo 3 Zune music players. The contest was divided into four different groups: Best Original Song; Parody; Montage; and Machinima.

Additionally, Wu and the HBO judges created a special award for a video that was overlooked by the voting public and awarded it a special Judges prize -- the winner received a Halo 3 Legendary Edition prototype helmet. For all of the winners and their respective files click over to HBO's Contest Results page.

CommunityHalo 3 6/26/2007 11:56 AM PDT permalink

Bungie Weekly Update: 06/22/07

Evolving effects, the minutiae of a 25-24 one on one slayer match and preparing for the press' next visit to Bungie.


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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 6/22/2007 6:00 PM PDT

Humpday Challenge: Steaktacular

With pounds and pounds of meat on the line, battle is waged, grudges are settled, and bets are ended.


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Inside BungieHalo 3 6/21/2007 4:45 PM PDT

Chatting with McFarlane About His Toys

Legendary comic book and action figure god, Todd McFarlane chats with Bungie about sculpting another legend.

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Halo 3 6/20/2007 6:28 PM PDT

Halo Designs Flood Forza 2

Artists, infinitely more talented and patient than us, created some amazing Halo-themed cars in Forza 2. We drool, they rule.

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CommunityHalo 3 6/18/2007 4:50 PM PDT

McFarlane and Bungie Team Up for Halo 3 Figures

Excellent maker-of-fun McFarlane Toys, will be creating a line of figures based on Halo 3.


McFarlane Toys and Bungie have formed a superfriends-quality team up to make a line of toys based on characters, events and general mayhem being caused by Halo 3. The figure lineup, due out in Spring 2008 is described by the folks over at McFarlane thusly:



"The proposed action figure lineup is as follows:
  • MASTER CHIEF -- The protagonist of the Halo series stands at 5 inches tall, and has more than 18 points of articulation. Equipped with his trademark assault rifle, Master Chief's mission is to protect Earth against the Covenant, an alien empire threatening the world in the 26th century. Biological and cybernetic enhancements and rigorous military training have resulted in Master Chief's unquestioned status as the finest soldier mankind has ever produced.
  • BRUTE CHIEFTAIN -- The highest rank in the Brute hierarchy is the Chieftain, whose articulated figure is the tallest of the series at 6 inches. Belonging to the Covenant, the Brute Chieftain carries the gravity hammer, a close-range weapon with the ability to alter gravity at a local level and crush his enemies and surroundings.
  • CORTANA -- Developed by the United Nations Space Command (UNSC), Cortana is a smart A.I. with the ability to project herself as a holographic image and be transferred between computer systems, including the cybernetic armor of Master Chief. This figure's base features an LED light that illuminates her 4.5 inch-tall figure.
  • JACKAL SNIPER -- To the benefit of the Covenant, Jackal Snipers have incredibly sharp reflexes and deadly aim. Standing at 5 inches, the Jackal Sniper is equipped with its signature beam rifle, which has the ability for long range shooting and a high degree of damage.
  • GRUNT 2-Pack -- At 3.5 inches tall, the Grunt is a menace to the human race, and represents the vast majority of the Covenant infantry. The Grunts are the lowest tier of the Covenant hierarchy, and move in packs. They are expected to unquestioningly obey the commands of their Brute commanders. Outfitted with weapons including the Plasma Pistol and Needler, the Grunts may not seem much more than cannon fodder, but in groups, they can be deadly.


There will also be a three-vehicle line-up that includes:
  • WARTHOG -- As the most widely recognized vehicle of the UNSC, the Warthog is a ground vehicle capable of carrying up to three soldiers. Known as the best all-around vehicle for its power, adaptability and toughness, the Warthog measures 3 inches in length and is built of die-cast metal and plastic.
  • GHOST -- The Ghost is a single-seat vehicle used by the Covenant. Mounted with twin plasma cannons, the Ghost is a rapid-attack vehicle designed for speed and maneuverability. The Ghost is 3 inches long and made with die-cast metal and plastic.
  • BRUTE CHOPPER -- The Brute Chopper makes its debut in Halo 3. A single-wheeled vehicle, the Brute Chopper will prove invaluable to the Covenant's campaign against humanity. With a length of 3 inches, the Brute Chopper will be made of die-cast metal and plastic."

 

Halo 3 6/18/2007 11:45 AM PDT permalink

Bungie Weekly Update: 06/15/07

Something wet this way comes via stirring return to one of Halo 3's ponds. Also: Ears am exploded and Chris Butcher's big flyswatter.


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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 6/15/2007 5:55 PM PDT

Humpday Challenge: All Internal

Even though the Beta is over, we still get to play Halo 3. So this week, with salt in your wounds, we played more Halo 3.


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Inside BungieHalo 3 6/14/2007 8:44 PM PDT

Post-mortem: The Halo 3 Public Beta

Designers Tyson Green and Lars Bakken are joined by Producer and famous griefer Joe Tung to reflect on the Beta that was.


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Inside BungieHalo 3 6/13/2007 5:26 PM PDT

Halo Zune Contest Update

The Halo 3 Zune contest being held by our friends at HBO has entered the public judging phase after a few weeks of submissions. The first wave is for  the best original song and you can cast your vote now by going HERE.

A few weeks ago we announced that our friends at Halo fansite Halo.Bungie.Org were kicking off a contest to give away 4 brand new Halo 3 limited edition Zune devices. After a few weeks and hundreds of file submissions, the contest has now moved into the judging phase.

Head over there now to listen to the top 7 Original Song submissions and pick the one you think is the best of the bunch. In the coming days, the top entries for song parody, montage video and machinima video will also be avaialble for community voting.

Thanks to everyone who participated and good luck!

CommunityHalo 3 6/13/2007 3:31 PM PDT permalink

Halo 3's Cinematics: Bungie and D.A.M.N. FX

In addition to the animation S.W.A.T. team at Bungie, we recruited some extra bodies for Halo 3's cinematics.


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Halo 3 6/12/2007 2:53 PM PDT

Goodbye Halo 3 Beta, We Barely Knew Thee

Frankie writes:

And like Verbal Kint's limp, with a poof, the Halo 3 Public Beta is gone. Now you have to wait until September 25th to play Halo 3 again. Start counting down.


Yes, they were right. It is "so hard to say goodbye to yesterday." And sometimes yesterday says goodbye to you. Such was the case late last night/early this morning when the giant switch powering the Containment Unit of Fun that was the beta was surrounded by top men and had its switch yanked into the "Off" position.

Barely applicable Ghostbusters references and Boyz II Men lyrics notwithstanding, we wanted to say "Thanks." Thanks for participating in the Public Beta process and ultimately helping us make tweaks, changes and improvements to a product we're excited to bring you later this Fall. While we don't really have an answer for how to cure your withdrawals, we hear patience is a saint.


If you'd like to delete the voluminous file from your 360, and you were playing via Crackdown, you can do the following:

 

 

  • Go to the System Blade in the Dashboard
  • Select Memory
  • Select your HDD
  • Select "Games"
  • Scroll to "Crackdown"
  • Select the Beta and then Delete.


For Rule of Three and Friends and Family it's simpler:

 

  • Go to the System Blade in the Dashboard
  • Go to Memory
  • Go to Demos
  • Scroll down and highlight Halo 3 Beta
  • Select delete.


Bam.

Halo 3 6/11/2007 11:41 AM PDT permalink

Bungie Weekly Update: 06/08/07

Bon Voyage Beta. What's up with the Collector's Edish of Halo 3? Y hallo thar Forza 2 car editor. And Mister Chief's return.


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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 6/8/2007 5:40 PM PDT

Humpday Challenge: Epic Mounting

We demanded massive amounts of Gold, tier 6 Gear and flying Phoenix Mounts. Instead all we got were these three games.


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Inside BungieHalo 3 6/7/2007 1:55 PM PDT

Meet the Beta’s First General: SmokedYeti

lukems writes:

Rising above the rank and file is SmokedYeti, an internal beta veteran who recently became the first "General" in Halo 3.


While my rank hovers somewhere near Gunnery Sergeant (and likely always will), other  players have played an obscene number of games, tallied an absurd numbers of kills and achieved ranks that I will only see via stalking other player profiles on the website. One of those ranks I will never see is General but SmokedYeti has – he was the first player in the Public Beta with the rank.

It took longer to catch up with SmokedYeti via email than it took for him to be the first player to reach the rank of “General,” from the time we talked to him, he added two more stars to his General’s insignia. Turns out his rank ascension wasn’t all by chance, he had a plan.

Q: Eight hundred and three games played and you’re the first general in the Halo 3 Public Beta, maybe the most appropriate first question is “how?”
A: When I first started playing the game, I planned to maximize my levels in the match making.  Once I hit a level 50 in rumble pit and team slayer, I beginning working on my RP by playing many rumble pit training matches. 

Q: Do you play competitively or just for fun?
A: 100 percent competitively

Editor’s translation: “I like to melt faces.”

Q: With 20,195 kills in 1161 games you’re picking up 19 kills per game. What are you doing that other players aren’t?
A: Knowing the enemies weapon selection may help you turn the battle.   In general I just play smart.  By playing a large number of matches, it has helped me with overall knowledge of each weapon, layout and advantages in each of the maps as well as quick response times.

Q: What tips do you have for the newbz?
A: Some people think I am newbz.  I would say practice is the start.

Editor’s translation: “I am not telling you my secretz, learn2play.”

Q: What’s been your favorite medal you’ve picked up along the road to General?
A: I can’t think of one medal that really is my favorite. 

Q: What’s your favorite map from the Public Beta? Why?
A: My favorite map is Snowbound.  It’s a fair map – it doesn’t matter what side you spawn on.

Q: If you could change one thing about the Halo 3 Public Beta, what would it be?
A: I don’t know how I would change this but on High Ground, it seems that people that spawn on the beach have such a huge advantage. Having the sniper, rockets, shotgun and bubble shield with invis makes it so they have the weapon advantage right from the start. 

(What about the two Brute Shots, removable turret, two Carbines, Spartan Laser and Power Drainer inside of High Ground’s base? – Ed.)

Q: What’s your favorite part of the Halo 3 Public Beta?
A: A wide variety of players that play very competitively.

CommunityHalo 3 6/7/2007 1:53 PM PDT permalink

Gamepro's Halo 3 Cover Coming Soon

New vehicles, new weapons and new maps all heading toward newstands, wrapped up in the latest copy of U.S. enthusiast publication Gamepro.

Over at Gamepro, they are teasing their 16-page cover story on Halo 3. Their coverage is multiplayer-focused and reveals some new weapons, new vehicles and some maps that weren't in the Halo 3 Public beta. Additionally, Gamepro reveals something brand new to the Halo universe: Armor permutations and customization. Armor permutations and customization are a series of cosmetic changes to your Spartan that gives players another way to distinguish themselves from the pack in Halo 3's multiplayer.

Gamepro is unveiling the cover of the issue online, check it out.

Halo 3 6/5/2007 9:32 AM PDT permalink

Design an Emblem Contest Winner Revealed

Amidst waves of entries, one swashbuckled and spliced its mainbrace above the rest. That's not to say other entries didn't inspire us, though.

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Inside BungieHalo 3 6/5/2007 9:08 AM PDT

Bungie Weekly Update 6/01/07

Campaign! Multiplayer! Losing RP for quitting games and the Top 10 bad habits of the Halo 3 beta.

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 6/1/2007 6:23 PM PDT

Humpday Challenge: Double Trouble

Old rivalries are renewed and new rivalries are born in this week's Humpday Challenge.

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Inside BungieHalo 3 5/31/2007 4:23 PM PDT

An Oboe, Two Fangirls and Halo Machinima

How much do you love the Master Chief? Maybe not as much as the singers in this video. Meet who's behind "I want the Master Chief."

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CommunitySpotlightHalo 3 5/30/2007 3:35 PM PDT