Saturday is Halo day! Alongside the welcome news that Halo Wars is now live on the Backwards Compatible programme for Preview Programme members, Saturday means Halo Community Update day! We take a closer look at the next free DLC for Halo 5: Guardians – Skirmish at Darkstar – and look forward to this weekend’s Halo World Championship!
There’s a huge debate raging at the moment about stories in games – with some people willing to embrace and internalise the justification that if a game is fun it doesn’t need a story (we’re looking at you, year one Destiny). That being said, the Halo universe has inspired more story and lore than you could shake a loaded Needler at – and every multiplayer map released simply adds to the Halo canon. Here’s a snippet of Darkstar‘s backstory.
“While the loss of Pinnacle Station dealt a massive blow to Liang-Dortmund’s operations on Meridian, demand for the planet’s vitrified resources has neither slaked nor slowed. Working quickly and quietly to avoid the notice of the Created, regional directors at Liang-Dortmund quickly implemented contingency plans to mitigate the economic impact and reconstitute operations on the frontier planet-moon. Though the company’s local headquarters at Meridian Station was devastated, the remote polar outpost of Darkstar Station survived, its workers and engineers largely unaware of the disaster that unfolded on the other side of the planet and the uncertain future that awaits them under Cortana’s rule…”
What does any of this mean? And does it matter? Probably not, but we’re old-school here at the Xbox One UK Castle and we like a bit of a yarn. It’s nice that somebody sat down and took the geopolitical landscape into consideration, when at its core a multiplayer map can be boiled down to sightlines and encounter zones. Good Work, 343i.
We can expect more about Skirmish at Darkstar in coming weeks.
Of course, this weekend all eyes are on the Halo Work Championships, going on right now over at www.twitch.tv/halo, for a prize pot of $2.5 million dollars. If you tune into the finals using the Twitch app on your console, or on the Xbox Live Event Interactive app, you will bag the exclusive Halo World Championship REQ Pack for free. This special HaloWC REQ Pack includes the all new Ultra Rare “Challenger” armor set and HaloWC 2016 emblem.
We end this week with a very cool behind-the-scenes-look at The Arbiter’s appearance in fighting franchise Killer Instinct. The video below takes look at the development of the Arbiter’s theme from the game. The music was written and produced by Celldweller and Atlas Plug – the later likely better known to Halo fans as composer Tom Salta, who has worked on music for five different Halo titles.
Head on over to Halowaypoint.com to check out the full details!
Until next week – see you in the Warzone, Spartans!