Friday, 7 November 2014

HALO: CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES ANNOUNCED AND NEW TRAILERS.


343 Industries and Microsoft have announced that they are forming an official eSports league for Halo, Titled the Halo Championship Series.

Here's what was announced over on HaloWaypoint.com -

'In anticipation of the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection next week, 343 Industries is excited to announce the “Halo Championship Series”, the official eSports league that will celebrate the franchise’s rich competitive gaming legacy while building an all-new platform for the future of Halo eSports.

The “Halo Championship Series”, or HCS, was born of 343 Industries’ desire to curate a quality eSports experience – for pro players, enthusiasts, and spectators – by creating a single sanctioning body for Halo. Designed to foster the best environment and platform for competitive multiplayer, the HCS will showcase, sponsor and support existing tournament organizers in the growing landscape of eSports today. To help fulfill this ambition, 343 Industries has teamed up with Twitch, ESL, and various tournament organizers to create a year of high-stakes action featuring Halo 2: Anniversary, the newly reimagined multiplayer engine within Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Halo Championship Series Details:

The first season of the Halo Championship Series will kick off shortly after the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and run from November (preseason) through March of 2015.
Teams of four Spartans will compete in a structured series of online and in-person LAN events.
All officially sanctioned tournaments (LAN and online) will award HCS points to the top teams.
At the end of each season, teams with the highest HCS point totals will be invited to compete at the HCS season finals in March 2015. More details to be announced.
“Halo was one of the first console eSports titles to rise to popularity a decade ago,” said Che Chou, Franchise Media Director, 343 Industries. “With the HCS, we’re harnessing that passion and investing back into the community that’s still vibrant today. In addition, our partnerships with ESL and Twitch – both parties with years of invaluable expertise – will help us realize our vision of quality and equality for the HCS.”

"This is a significant moment for both the huge Halo community on Twitch and the game’s overall fanbase,” said Ernest Le, Director of Publisher & Developer Partnerships, Twitch. “Partnering with 343 on the Halo Championship Series allows us to invest in the players and tournament organizers. We can then build on that foundation to benefit Halo fans worldwide."

“Halo is one of the most storied franchises in gaming and has such a rich eSports legacy,” said Craig Levine, Vice President, ESL America. “ESL brings a proven track record of hosting world class competitions and broadcasts and are excited to be an official partner of the Halo Championship Series. In 2015, the HCS will crown a new generation of Halo champions and showcase Halo to millions of eSports fans around the world.”

Players and fans can see an overview of league information at HaloWaypoint.com/HCS.Within the coming weeks, 343 Industries will publish the official rules handbook of the HCS, and players will also be able to register their teams and begin competing online in the official ESL HCS league, view their global Halo rankings, and more.

343 Industries will be sharing more details about the Halo Championship Series at the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational tournament, taking place this Saturday, November 8 and Sunday November 9, where 32 of the world’s biggest names in FPS eSports will be facing off for their share of $50,000 to celebrate the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It all starts on Saturday, November 8th – tune into Twitch.tv/Halo at 2PM PST to catch the action and learn more about what’s ahead for eSports and the Halo Championship Series.

343 Industries: 

343 Industries is the developer of the blockbuster “Halo” series of video games and, as part of Microsoft Studios, oversees the “Halo” franchise, including games, linear programming, novels, comics, licensed collectibles, apparel and more. 343 Industries is home to world-class talent that delivered award-winning titles like “Halo 4” and “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” as well as the action-shooter “Halo: Spartan Assault” and the live-action digital series “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.” The studio is currently developing “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” “Halo: Spartan Strike” and the next installment in the legendary saga of the Master Chief, “Halo 5: Guardians,” while continuing to transform entertainment experiences across the “Halo” universe with groundbreaking projects, including the “Halo Channel,” an upcoming Halo television series, and the all-new digital series, “Halo: Nightfall.”

ESL:

ESL – is world's largest, independent eSports brand, leading the industry across various games with numerous online and offline competitions. This includes high profile international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro Series, Starcraft® II World Championship Series, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and TV production, fully catering to the needs of the eSport’s ecosystem. With offices in Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China and North America, it has a true global footprint. www.eslgaming.com.

Twitch:

Twitch is the world’s leading live video platform and community for gamers where more than 60 million gather every month to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.1 million broadcasters. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire eSports scene. In February 2014, Twitch was ranked the 4th largest website in terms of peak internet traffic in the U.S., fortifying the brand as an entertainment industry leader and the epicenter of social video for gamers. For more information visit: www.twitch.tv.'

So what say you? Are you hyped for the Halo Championship Series? As always, get in touch and let us know! info@YouKnowYoureASpartan.com

Now if that wasn't enough to kick your Halo hype into overdrive, there's also been two new Halo: The Master Chief Collection trailers released! Check em out below!  

First up, here's the Halo: Master Chief collection official launch trailer:



Secondly, Here's a rather catchy Halo: The Master Chief collection trailer with a little twist. (#WeWillRockYou)




With Halo: The Master Chief collection only days away from launch, Let us know what you're most looking forward to! info@YouKnowYoureASpartan.com.

And until next time, Spartan...

Friday, 31 October 2014

HALO 2 ANNIVERSARY OFFICIAL CINEMATIC LAUNCH TRAILER



As if you wasn't pumped enough already for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, this new tasty Halo 2 Anniversary cinematic launch trailer will simply add to your Halo awesome. Created by Blur Studios the trailer shows new story elements with extended cut scenes from Halo 2: Anniversary, which arrives early next month with the launch of Halo on the Xbox One.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

NEW HALO: NIGHTFALL TRAILER RELEASED

Official Halo: Nightfall poster.
343 Industries recently treated us to a brand new trailer from the live action digital series Halo: Nightfall, from executive producer Ridley Scott, over on HaloWaypoint.com.

The series will provide an insight into the back-story of Agent Locke, a new character in the Halo universe who is set to play a key role in the next gaming title, Halo 5: Guardians.



The first episodes of Halo: Nightfall will be released through Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and are set to roll out on a weekly basis from the games launch on the 11th November.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION LEADERBOARD REVEALED



343 Industries Senior Game Designer Max Szlagor guides us through the some of the new Campaign Leaderboards, Speedrunning and Rival features in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. 

It was also revealed by 343i that Halo: The Master Chief collection will pack over 4,000 Xbox Gamerscore to keep you busy achievement chasing.

With the games launch only week's away which Halo title are you most looking forward to firing up on your Xbox One? As always, get in touch and let us know!

And until next time, Spartan...

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

WELCOME TO THE NEW HALO WAYPOINT!


Many of you may have already noticed that HaloWaypoint.com has had a significant face-lift.

The web team over at 343i have been hard at it to bring you a brand spankingly beautiful new Halo experience on the site, with a clean and fresh white and rather crisp looking theme. And this flows over onto the Halo community forums. Your Halo profiles are now much more customizable too, with brand new Halo headers being added, as well as a bunch of cool profile pictures, you can also add a bio to your page, giving your fellow Spartans a little more info on what you are about, as well as link to your Twitter, Facebook and Twitch.TV profiles directly on your page. pretty neat, huh? And all perfectly in time for the launch of Halo: The Master Chief collection!


Now, rather than have me give everything away, why not simply head on over to HaloWaypoint.com and check out all the new awesome features for yourself!

And until next time, Spartan...

Friday, 12 September 2014

KAMPY - HALO: REACH MONTAGE 2014

I often browse around the web looking for the very latest and greatest Halo community creations, and that is how i discovered this little diamond in the rough. 

Check out this Halo: Reach montage created by Kampy, which sees an impressive array of kills landed on anybody and everybody that's unlucky enough to fall in his path. Sniper rifles, shotguns, magnum pistols, you name it, Kampy has it packed in his arsenal!

Be sure to check out Kampy's YouTube channel @ YouTube.com/KampyVids




Have something you'd like to share with us? Get in touch! Info@YouKnowYoureASpartan.com   

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

HALO CHANNEL ANNOUNCED! AND HALO 5 BETA!


At this years Gamescom, 343 Industries have announced the Halo Channel. Set to debut this November exclusively on the Xbox One console, the channel has been described as the 'Home For Halo' by it's creators. 'It will be your destination for all things in the Halo Universe.' 343i stated. 

Below, find a short video giving you a small glimpse into some of the incredible content and features that will be on offer upon release this November. 



We were also treated to a small glimpse of the future of Halo, with Xbox releasing the following video, 'Halo 5: Guardians Beta First Look'.



Here we learn that Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta is set to release on December 29th and continue through to January 18th, standing for a total of 3 weeks. You can customize your Spartan, as they set to battle focusing on 4 vs 4 game types, with smaller maps and identical loadouts. This will give you, the player, the chance to get hands on with the future of Halo for the very first time, and give feedback directly to the creators themselves. You'll be granted access to the Halo 5: Guardians beta by purchasing Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

But, That's not all! 343 also announced another one of the six re-imagined, re-mastered maps that they have been creating for Halo 2: Anniversary, part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection - 'Sanctuary.' This map will be playable at Gamescom all week. So if you are attending this years event, be sure to stop by and be one of the first to explore the game!



This classic Halo 2 map has been made to perfection, with plenty of TLC 343 Industries have done a fantastic job of keeping the maps classic feel whilst packing a host of new awesome features, Sanctuary is visually flawless.

Sanctuary, Screenshot 1

Sanctuary, Screenshot 2

Gamescom will be in full flow this week, and as always, You Know You're A Spartan will be here to keep you guys in the loop with all things Halo as it happens, 

And until next time, Spartan...