In today’s Halo Bulletin, Bravo – community manager at 343 Industries announced the second-ever Halo 2 Anniversary 4v4 tournament which will be hosted at PAX Prime next week. Just like the Gamescom Showdown, players will be competing for the $10,000 prize pool!
PAX Prime Showdown Schedule
Similar to the Gamescom Showdown – ASTRO Gaming and Skullcandy will be holding qualifier games at their booths. The winner will be determined by who has the highest winning streak at the end of the day. The two highest winning streaks from both booths on Friday will move onto to Saturday’s qualifiers.
On Saturday, the qualified teams from Friday will compete against the invited teams in a studio with no live audience. Fans will be able to watch this event at www.twitch.tv/Halo.
It all comes down to this day. All eight teams will be fighting it out in the studio to determine who gets the $10,000 cash prize. The finals will be streamed over at www.twitch.tv/Halo for fans to tune in and watch.
The following teams have been invited to fly out to PAX and compete in the tournament. Additionally, another three teams will be able to qualify at the event.
TCM will be taking part in the event, following their victory at the Halo 2 Anniversary Gamescom Showdown earlier in the month.
This is a must-see event for all Halo fans as not only will it showcase Halo 2 Anniversary but it will also show off some "new gametypes” according to Bravo. The tournament will using a double elimination format in Best of 5 series, all of which will be streamed on the main stage at www.twitch.tv/Halo on Saturday and Sunday.
Details about the casters, how the prize pool will be shared out and more will follow in next week’s Halo Bulletin.
For many months, fans of Destiny have long speculated about certain features in the game. Questions have been answered about Raids, the game’s story, and we even learned more about The Crucible, Destiny’s competitive multiplayer. One thing has not been answered until now, and it may disappoint some of you.
PlayStation news source The Sixth Axis sat down for an interview with Bungie’s Jonty Barnes, who was able to answer a handful of questions about the game. One of the questions that was brought up was the inclusion of private matches or custom games in Destiny. Here is what Barnes had to say:
"Um, I think we’ve been asked quite a bit about whether or not we’re going to do private games and things like that. It’s certainly an active discussion, but it’s really about how we wanted to make sure for launch that we had the best gameplay that we could offer for the core competitive multiplayer activity.”
It is clear from this statement that Destiny will not support private matches on its September 9th launch, however, fans shouldn’t rule them out immediately. He also states that Destiny is going to be a continuously updated game, with more content being added on a consistent basis.
As some of you may expect, this does rule out a lot of multiplayer flexibility in Destiny, such as private games with friends, as well as any eSports viability that people were looking forward to. For now, we will have to enjoy Destiny’s multiplayer as a matchmade experience, and hope that Bungie introduces Private Matches at a later date.
After the reveal of The Crucible’s six game modes in a new Destiny multiplayer trailer, Bungie has continued their Gamescom reveals with a new Destiny gameplay trailer showcasing a familiar red planet in our solar system. That’s right, check out the new footage of Mars, another explorable location in Destiny!
Mars is home to one of Destiny’s many enemy races, the Cabal. As of the Beta, two known Strikes will be available on Mars at launch, and there will be numerous Crucible maps located on the planet as well, such as Blind Watch, which was available in the Beta as well. With that too, here are some new Destiny screenshots below:
Midship – the purple, Covenant themed map that has been a fan favorite since we first got to play it on November 9th, 2004. Since then, the map has not only been remade as Heretic in Halo 3 with the Mythic II DLC pack but it will also be making an appearance in the Halo 5: Guardians beta this December and hopefully the final game in 2015.
When the Halo 5: Guardians beta video was released, players were overjoyed with the news that Midship would be returning. While the map itself has received some changes, 343 Industries promises it still plays great and hopefully even better than previous iterations.
With Midship on its way be becoming an extremely popular map again with Halo: The Master Chief Collection in November, I thought it’d be cool to look at some past and present screenshots of the Halo 3 remake – Heretic and the Halo 5: Guardians beta version. I have attempted as best as possible to recreate the screenshots of the Halo 5: Guardians version using Halo 3′s Heretic.
Midship – Then and Now
In the following images, you will see the Halo 5: Guardians version of Midship on the left and Halo 3′s Heretic on the right. Simply comparing these just makes you awe at how far Halo has come as a franchise since 2004. Looking at these images will show you how the map has changed not only graphically, but in terms of geometry.
Blue Ramp View
Red Base View
Blue Bottom View
Bottom Middle View
Red Base View
Blue Bottom Middle View
Red Bottom Middle View
Side Bottom Middle View
343 Industries recently confirmed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will featured a skill-based ranking system identical to Halo 2′s. Players who enjoyed both Midship and Heretic will be able to play some skill-based ranked matches on these maps again in November.