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Halo TV Series – News from Showtime

Just now we have had news about the long-awaited Halo TV series. Kiki Wolfkill posted a short article on Waypoint confirming that 343 is knee deep in the planning of the Halo TV series. Showtime is going to work with Kyle Killen, who is an executive producer and showrunner, alongside director Rupert Wyatt who you might know from Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Showtime also just announced on their Twitter feed that they are doing 10 episodes for the first season. My guess is that an episode will be about one hour long.

Steven Spielberg is still on board with his production company Amblin. Kiki stated that they are already in pre-production phase and that they plan to go into full production in 2019. I would guess that we are going to see the first episode in 2020. Maybe alongside the release of Halo Infinite?

Either way, I am so excited for this.

 

343 is doing things right – Women in Gaming

You can say about 343 what you want. They are not doing everything right. BUT! 343 posted this picture on the International Women’s Day (March 8th) via Twitter.

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That’s what I like to see. That’s what I like young girls to see. Of course, there are still major issues about women’s rights and Equality in general but I see a change and I see progress. And statements like this post will help with that.

In case you are interested, I wrote an article about the women in Halo a while back. You can read it here.

Pick of the Week – Amazing concept art by Amanda

I have been following this woman on Instagram for a while and she constantly manages to surprise me with her talent and creativity. Will you look at this creature she came up with? She calls it „Krer“ and it is a Needler type. I really wish that this woman would work with 343. I love her style! And she was just featured on Grim’s latest update, so maybe they have her on their radar now. Check out her work here:

Deviant Art, Instagram, and Twitter

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Do you even Halo or random thoughts of the Day

Nowadays when I play Slayer, I often get frustrated. The map rotation is at it’s worst it seems. My all time favorite map Plaza never comes up. NEVER! It’s like 343 knows that I like this map and wants to punish me for something I did. I always end up playing on Mercy. This map comes up every time I start Slayer. I hate Mercy.

Lord have Mercy.

My boyfriend and I also checked out the Weapon Tuning Test. I couldn’t get a kill. It seems like the BR is now 5 shots? I didn’t look it up so far. Maybe I should now…

Ok, I just checked. Well, 343 feels that some of the weapons in Halo 5 are not balanced or rather overpowered and don’t play the role they were supposed to play. I only cross-read it, but it seems that every weapon (12 are affected by this) is being made harder to use. Only the Active Camo will be enhanced in some way. You can read all of it here.

The testing will end on October 2 and in early November we will have a bigger update with the new and improved? weapons. I am very sceptical but we will see.

Halo: Retribution

Although I am still finishing the Karen Traviss trilogy right now, I am already hyped for the next installment of Halo lore. On August 29th Troy Denning’s Halo: Retribution will release. The cover art alone is just beautiful!

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Here is the official summary:

December 2553. Less than a year after the end of the Covenant War, a string of violent incidents continues to threaten the tenuous peace in human-held space, culminating in the assassination of UNSC fleet admiral Graselyn Tuwa and the abduction of her family. It is a provocation so outrageous that the Office of Naval Intelligence must retaliate swiftly and ferociously—but only after its operatives identify her killer and rescue the hostages.

This mission will be the first for homicide-detective-turned-ONI-operative Veta Lopis and her young team of Spartan-IIIs, and something feels wrong from the start. The obvious suspect is an infamous Brute who leads the Keepers of the One Freedom, an ex-Covenant splinter group in fierce opposition to the UNSC. But Lopis and her team soon realize that the truth is much more insidious than they could ever have imagined, and with Fred-104, Kelly-087, and Linda-058 of Blue Team for combat support, they must stop a plan hatched in the bowels of the secret research station Argent Moon — a plan so sinister it could destroy all those still reeling from thirty years of intergalactic conflict…

I haven’t read Last Light by Troy Denning yet, but this seems to be kind of a successor to it. At least some of the same characters will appear. Most importantly Veta Lopis. I am really looking forward to her character and story and I will definitely read Last Light before Retribution.

The story is set in pre Halo 4 times, which is a little sad, because I am dying to read more Halo 5 era stuff like the one story in Fractures. Which one was that? The one where BB and Osman land on this secretive planet? Gosh, excuse my memory. It is the worst.

Hah! I just found out. It is Rossbach’s World. I really liked that story! And I would love to see more lore from this era. But that is a tricky part for 343 I guess. I don’t think they will make the same mistake as they did with Halo 4 and the Karen Traviss trilogy. Telling the complete pre story of the game in the books and the people who haven’t read that and only played the game (like me, back then) are completely lost. I don’t think that they would do that again, so I don’t expect much or any Halo 5 sequel lore soon.

But 343 could always extend the very weak plot of Halo 5: Guardians couldn’t they? They definitely could.

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