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Bungie Promises "Big News" Next Week

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the maybe-for-reals-this-time dept.

XBox (Games) 62

Via 1up news, Bungie's statement that they'll have some big news to share next week about the Halo series. From their post: "A bunch of stuff is going down to celebrate the 5th anniversary of a little game we like to call Halo. In November 2001, Halo launched alongside the Xbox console, and the rest is history. Next year, Halo 3 will conclude the story arc begun all those years ago and next week, we'll take a long lingering look at the series to date. There will also be some pretty BIG surprises and maybe announcements. Who can say?" 1up has posted up a blow-by-blow account of their time with Halo 3's multiplayer, which is well worth checking out for anyone shunning Gears for Halo 2 this week.

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This is news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16829332)

I'm sure I'm not going to be the first, but.. The announcement that there's going to be news next week is news? Why don't you just wait until next week and then report the actual news?

Uh. (4, Funny)

RandomPrecision (911416) | more than 7 years ago | (#16829342)

A future announcement? This is totally unexpected. Shouldn't they have previously announced that they would make an announcement of impending announcement?

Re:Uh. (1)

HappySqurriel (1010623) | more than 7 years ago | (#16829454)

Don't be silly,

You only have to declare the announcement of and statement if that statement is referring to a game that has been delayed.


Re:Uh. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16830040)

1) Master Chief is a girl


2) Master Chief is gay

Re:Uh. (2, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16830902)

But not XOR, because that could just as easily be an AND. The next step will be to find Cortana a body... Still, if only the second one were true, I can't wait for "Brokeback Ringworld"!

Re:Uh. (1)

MasterChiefEsq. (1027062) | more than 7 years ago | (#16836620)

I'm a gay girl, you insensitive clod!

Re:Uh. (1)

Pop69 (700500) | more than 7 years ago | (#16830728)

Shouldn't they have previously announced that they would make an announcement of impending announcement?

I have a sore head now, please stop that.

Re:Uh. (1)

Chosen Reject (842143) | more than 7 years ago | (#16830756)

Don't you get it? That's what this is. The big announcement is obviously going to be an announcement for when the unveiling of their next big announcement is going to be.

News about... News! (1)

Karganeth (1017580) | more than 7 years ago | (#16829424)

Man, Slashdot is getting better by the second.

GUYS! (4, Funny)

StocDred (691816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16829446)


And you can drive two vehicles at once!


Re:GUYS! (2, Insightful)

Meagermanx (768421) | more than 7 years ago | (#16834100)

What I'm hoping for:
  1. No electric guitar in the soundtrack. It makes me laugh.
  2. No Plasma Pistols. They're worthless. They're just under the original Halo's assault rifle.
  3. No cliffhanger endings, please.
  4. Make big weapons spawn more. If you're going to have a small map with a Rocket Launcher and Sword, at least make more than one, so that one player/team doesn't get both and dominate.
  5. Actually, how about balancing all the weapons? Besides the Plasma Pistol (cough) Halo had a pretty balanced selection of weapons. The starting pistol actually ruled. In Halo 2, it's mostly just sniper rifles, rocket launchers, and swords.
  6. More maps! If people can't make their own, then the burden is upon you to make a bunch of really cool ones. It's gonna be played more than almost any FPS out there, isn't it? So come up with a bunch of good ones!
  7. Bungie: Hire Writers this time!

Re:GUYS! (1)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 7 years ago | (#16836312)

What's your problem with the plasma pistol? How else can you take down the shielded elites (or anyone in multiplayer)? Release a full-charge plasma burst and it takes the shields down. Quickly switch to the assult rifle for a few head-shots. No more target.

Agreed. Plasma Pistol + Battle Rifle = dead elites (1)

interactive_civilian (205158) | more than 7 years ago | (#16843378)

Seriously, I don't understand the GPP's problem with the plasma pistol either. Plasma Pistol with the Battle rifle is perhaps the most deadly combination in the game, especially given the good sniping ability of the rifle.

Halo 2 on legendary went from impossible to simple because of this (well, as well as memorizing the positions of the instant kill lightning quick jackal snipers...Bungie, please don't do that again. It is stupid that the Master Chief and the Arbiter are the only characters in the game that can die from a single shot to the toe by a jackal sniper).

Of course, to give the GPP some credit, in Halo 2 the plasma pistol is ONLY useful for taking down shields. In Halo 1 it was a formidable weapon in its own right.

Re:Agreed. Plasma Pistol + Battle Rifle = dead eli (1)

Meagermanx (768421) | more than 7 years ago | (#16848616)

To me, the Plasma Pistol is the worst weapon in the game (well, besides the laser thingies and the Battle Rifle). It takes a long time to charge, it moves slow, and it doesn't pack a punch. It can take shields down, but if your shot doesn't hit, you have to recharge. Plus, the Plasma Pistol/Battle Rifle combination makes you switch weapons in combat, which is never a good idea. Maybe you guys use different tactics than me, but I always have better results with the Rocket Launcher, Sword, Sniper Rifle, Shotgun, SMG/Pistol combination, Needler/Needler combination, or even just a Plasma Grenade.

Re:GUYS! (1)

SuiteSisterMary (123932) | more than 7 years ago | (#16841054)

Halo 4: Genetically Engineered Pimps..IN SPAAAAACCCCCE!

Prediction (1)

ajs (35943) | more than 7 years ago | (#16837940)

My prediction: a new game is expected in late 2007 or early to mid 2008 with the movie (and a new studio to back it) coming out in late 2008 or early 2009 after recent delays [] . I don't follow Halo, so they may even have announced it, but that's what I'm betting on. Some details of said game:
  • It will probably contain some concepts based on the design for the movie
  • It will probably contain voice acting from some major stars who are probably TBA right now

Why do I think this? It's all based on the fact that the Peter Jackson-produced (not directed) Halo movie [] which was in trouble when two studios pulled out [] , was being shopped around, and previously Bungie said it's all good [] ....

These are all guesses based only on what I've read over at Ain't It Cool News and other places.

Slashdot Reader Promises 'Big Reads' Next Week (1)

thatguywhoiam (524290) | more than 7 years ago | (#16829452)

... when there's actually something to talk about.

But it will be huge! Promise!

Ooh! Ooh! I know! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16829468)

After Halo 3 Bungie won't be owned be Microsoft anymore!

Probably wishful thinking.

they should (1)

thejrwr (1024073) | more than 7 years ago | (#16829486)

they should port halo 3 to the ps3, that would be fun as hell, tho i can see it now, running a xbox360 enmu program on the ps3 to play halo3 shoot even halo 2 the controller has enough buttons to match the xbox's

Re:they should (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16829546)

erm.... wtf?

Re:they should (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16833086)

people won't know you're stupid if you don't talk

Re:they should (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16841050)

> they should port halo 3 to the ps3

Yes, I'm sure a company wholly owned by Microsoft is going to port to the PS3.

hopefully, it'll be... (1)

brunascle (994197) | more than 7 years ago | (#16829520)

"Halo 2 available for windows XP"

i've heard it's going to be available for vista, but i'm not paying for that OS.

Re:hopefully, it'll be... (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831362)

THEORETICALLY it would be able to run on the Vista RCs (in which the API was frozen) but of course there's no way to know for sure until someone tries...

Re:hopefully, it'll be... (1)

eBunny (907385) | more than 7 years ago | (#16859732)

".. i'm not paying for that OS."

Me neither!

I still hope that won't stop them from still supporting excellent drivers for my graphics card, though.

Your Answer Here ... (2, Funny)

EGSonikku (519478) | more than 7 years ago | (#16829526)

They will announce the original Halo as a download for Xbox Live, with HD resolution and Live multiplayer (co/op and d/m). Remember you heard it here first.

Re:Your Answer Here ... (1)

Sethb (9355) | more than 7 years ago | (#16830124)

I wish. It would have been nice if Bungie had been able to add online co-op play into Halo & Halo 2 afterwards, especially Halo 2, as it was originally going to be a feature (that I was really looking forward to) that got yanked out somewhere before the release. It's even a choice in the multiplayer interface, not that you can actually set up an online co-op game... I always thought that Microsoft and Bungie could have made the Xbox 360 even more popular by having a Halo 2.5 native on the 360 hardware at launch. Sell it for $29.99, put back in the online co-op mode, spruce up some textures, throw in 8 new multiplayer maps, and it'd sell pretty well, with relatively low development costs.

Re:Your Answer Here ... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16830948)

Sadly, it seems that only old-school gamers care about coop play. I think it's probably because we're the only ones actually used to have it anywhere but Starfox. I know I'm not the only one to play through doom, doom2, AND quake in co-op mode. It's so much more fun I don't even know what to say about it, except that the people responsible for not putting in co-op modes are largely responsible for me not playing games on the PC much any more. See, I won't play a FPS without a keyboard and mouse, and I won't maintain a gaming PC for anything other than FPS games since everything else seems to do great on a console... aside from RTS games, and the last one of those I think is worth playing is Total Annihilation which thinks a 500MHz machine with 512MB of RAM is the best thing ever. Any machine with a 1+GHz CPU and a half-gig of ram can pretty much run this game at the video card's maximum resolution without slowdown :)

Re:Your Answer Here ... (1)

fimbulvetr (598306) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831076)

It'd be really nice to see some more co-op. It's one of the main advantages that consoles have over PCs. Fortunately, GOW has coop and it does it really well. I can have my bro or friend over and we can spend some time fraggin with a good feeling about getting the job done at the end. You can't do this on a PC unless you have two. Of course, a friend can play online with you, but that's not the same.

Re:Your Answer Here ... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831354)

Work bought me a core duo laptop with a quadro fx 1500M so as long as I don't want balls-out graphics options, I can play games on my lappy, so I'm more than set for lan gaming. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone in my area who likes to play PC games anyway.

Re:Your Answer Here ... (1)

RaboKrabekian (461040) | more than 7 years ago | (#16832198)

The recently released Gears of War has both online and offline coop, and your partner can drop in and out as needed. It works flawlessly and is a huge part of what makes GoW so fun.

So co-op isn't dead yet.

Re:Your Answer Here ... (1)

oc255 (218044) | more than 7 years ago | (#16840872)

I agree. GeOW has great coop, best since Heretic2/Quake1 imho. Not a fan of the Halo series. Most of my friends are sick of competing online and we like to work together after a long day at work.

Halo (4, Funny)

MBCook (132727) | more than 7 years ago | (#16829540)

I always thought the odd thing was that MS TOTALLY MISSED Halo. I heard basically nothing about it until it became popular after release. I think they were prepping Oddworld: Munch's Odyssey (a good game) to be "the" game for the XBox.

Kind of like CBS. They bought CSI, stuck it in a time slot, and practically forgot about it. They promoted their remake of The Fugitive to no end. The Fugitive flopped, CSI became HUGE and spawned clones and spin-offs.

Ah... marketing.

Re:Halo (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16829964)

Bungie was a Mac-focused company (Marathon, etc.) until Microsoft bought them, which may be why you hadn't heard about Halo years before release. It used to be prominently featured at MacWorld every year. That said, I'm still surprised you hadn't heard about it at its release -- Microsoft pushed it pretty hard, and I know it was covered here.

Re:Halo (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 7 years ago | (#16830066)

I know it was set for the Mac. I just don't remember MS making a ton of hype about it before release for the XBox. I'm not saying it was unmentioned, but it seems like I was constantly hearing about Oddworld. You'd hear about PGR, Jet Set Radio Future (PLEASE MAKE ANOTHER SEQUEL), DOA3, and Malice. But I don't remember the Halo hype much at all (especially compared to just how popular the game became).

Re:Halo (1)

Juanvaldes (544895) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831822)

Apple promoted Halo pretty hard from 98? or so up to 2000. MS had the XBox underway by this time I believe and needed a AAA game to move units. They saw the hype built up around Halo and bought the company. They retooled the game, dropped Mac and Windows versions (for the time) and rushed it out in time for the XBox launch in Nov 2001. As I remember it they spent 500 million advertising the XBox that fall, most of the ads were for Halo the rest were for PGR and some boat type game.

Maybe it is because I am a Mac geek I remember the hype well.

Now, if only... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16829742)

Marathon 4. Exclusive for the Mac.

Re:Now, if only... (1)

Imaria (975253) | more than 7 years ago | (#16830068)

I laugh, even as I cry.

Re:Now, if only... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831394)

Right, then Molyneux will announce Populous 4 only for the Amiga, and then the Phantom will come out with Duke Nukem forever as its primary launch title, and we'll all join hands and skip down the yellow brick road, singing about how we're off to see the wizard, until we get to the emerald city and get you some brains.

Bungie anouncement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16830042)

Bungie Shocks World with Surprise Change in Strategy

Bungie announces that the 2007 release of the final game in the Halo Trilogy will also be their final game for Microsoft platforms.

Ashtonishingly, Bungies choice of next-gen platform is not the Sony PS3 or Nintendos Wii. According to his Bill Gates (philanthropist, adonis, chairman of Bungie owners Microsoft and all around lovely man - heil Bill), "Bungie will only produce games for Apple computers now". "This strategy change was on the cards from day one, it's part of the reason we bought Bungie".

The first Apple game, expected in late 2007, is the first episode in a new Halo-like trilogy specially targetted at the Apple userbase. Called "Anal", the series will center upon a fearsome warrior called goatse. At last, Mac users are to get the first person action game that they deserve.

Re:Bungie anouncement (1)

PoderOmega (677170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831248)

2 seconds after this press release:

Bungie Studios gets New Marketing Head after Career Suicide Press Release

My list of possible announcements (3, Funny)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 7 years ago | (#16830074)

In order of likelyhood...
1. Guest appearance of BFG 9000 from Doom
2. Guest appearance by James Bond
3. Guest appearance of Gordon Freeman
4. Changing the name of the project to "Duke Nukem' Forever"
5. Cortana is realy a man.
6. The Protoss, er Covanent forces are joining forces with Martha Stuart.
7. The Zerg... er Flood can now be cooked to gain 2784 HP and 4900 MP over 30 seconds. Must remain seated while eating.

Re:My list of possible alternate announcements (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831134)

8. Cancellation of the Halo Movie we already knew was cancelled.

Re:My list of possible alternate announcements (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831692)

8. Cancellation of the Halo Movie we already knew was cancelled.

9. The Halo movie is actually going in to realease and was secretly being devoloped as a joint project with Pixar under the working tittle "Duke Nuke'm Forever". The movie engine and content will be release to game stores in 3 months after release and fans are invited to "play the movie."

Re:My list of possible alternate announcements (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831920)

9. The Halo movie is actually going in to realease and was secretly being devoloped as a joint project with Pixar under the working tittle "Duke Nuke'm Forever". The movie engine and content will be release to game stores in 3 months after release and fans are invited to "play the movie."

Um, "play the movie"?

Why would anyone want to get burned alive and shredded by weapons fire?

I have enough nightmares every Veteran's Day and Memorial Day to deal with, thanks.

Now, if I could play the movie with cheats ...

Re:My list of possible alternate announcements (1)

tbannist (230135) | more than 7 years ago | (#16837322)

No, no, due to the major studio cancellation of the movie, Bungie has reached a deal with production company Rooster Teeth [] to complete the Halo movie project. It will be exclusively released via the Xbox Marketplace for $8 per download.

Prediction: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16831558)

They've been bought by Google.

Halo has been renamed "Halo BETA", the Mac client has been deprecated, and the color scheme has been updated.

FINALLY!!! (4, Funny)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16830180)

A matching mug and oven mitt set!

Let me guess ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16830700)

more games in the Halo Universe?
Like, World of Halocraft or something.

Pre-emptive Transcript. (5, Funny)

HeavenlyBankAcct (1024233) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831004)

:: clears throat, drums index cards on podium ::

Ladies and gentlemen, as you may have heard, today marks the fifth anniversary of a little game franchise that we like to call Halo.

Wild applause.

And as you undoubtedly already know, we've called a press conference today to announce some big and exciting news concerning the future of the game. Now, I know some of you may be wondering exactly what could be done to perfect this formula -- that is to say, exactly WHAT can be done to improve upon perfection? And to those of you with such doubts, I can point to the development of Halo 3 and say nothing but the following five words:


That's right, after years of grueling research and development, the Halo team has now given players the ability to see their own feet while they move, simply by looking down. This adds a whole new element of realism to the game, and allows us to create a whole new type of gaming challenge within the Halo world -- using the fluid dynamics of our physics engine, inattentive players will now be able to trip over loose gravel, stub their toes into door frames, and, of course, navigate jumping puzzles with ease. The revolutionary "textile fastening engine" will determine how far the player has traveled and convert that data into an actual REAL-TIME loosening of laces -- Leading to inevitable pratfalls for the inattentive player. And, most exciting of all, the players' footwear will be upgradable with custom designs created specifically for the Halo world by Nike, Reebok, and Ecko!

Here at Bungie, we believe that innovation is the key to creating exciting and fresh games that resonate with our audience. As such, it is technologies like this Revolutionary Foot Engine (revFeX) that keep us poised on the cutting edge of game development. Our highly savvy customer base grows more demanding with each release and it's important that we keep the nature of our products in step with what it is that hardcore gamers desire: The ability to add more and more meaningless bells and whistles to the same game that they've all been playing since Wolfenstein 3-d.

Thank you very much, and good night.

Re:Pre-emptive Transcript. (1)

JorDan Clock (664877) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831508)

Umm... You could see your feet in Halo 2.

Re:Pre-emptive Transcript. (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831730)

You of course forget that for the average gamer not seeing your feet IS more realistic.

I know! (1)

EvilRyry (1025309) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831238)

A native Linux port!

finally! who took the master chief statue! (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 7 years ago | (#16831566)

yay! they're going to announce what the heck happened to the master chief life size statue thingy at the Media Play that closed down in my city! He had a little nacklace that said "Sorry, not for sale" after they got like 10,000 offers for it but refused to explain to anyone where it was going or if anyone already bought it or what. Everyone has been wondering that for months now.
but seriously, I hope they announce that Halo 2 for the PC won't be Vista only cuz that's a terrible idea and I'm not upgrading until SP1 at the earliest.

Maybe "Halo Online" (1)

Tinman_au (1004053) | more than 7 years ago | (#16832610)

Maybe "Halo Online"?

There were rumours a while back that Bungie were thinking of doing a MMOG, then someone spotted a job ad for at Bungie asking for "MMOG experience".

It'd make sense if Halo 3 is meant to wrap up the series, as Bungie/M$ can switch to a subscription based revenue stream to keep the franchise (and cash flow) going.

Re:Maybe "Halo Online" (1)

Saint Fnordius (456567) | more than 7 years ago | (#16835754)

The online thing was part of the original plan Bungie had for Halo: that the ringworld would be coordinated on a server but enough of the sprite and landscape data on the clients that lag would be reduced. It was supposed to take what they learned from Myth and use it to create an audience-driven story. Then Microsoft bought Bungie and changed Halo from a Mac game to an XBox game.

Or something like that.

Honestly, it's been so long I've forgotten a lot of the details. I just remember loving Bungie's games (Marathon, the Myth series) and their way of telling stories, looking forward to Halo, and growling in frustration as Microsoft gutted the soul of Bungie and the artists all left.

It is so obvious what is going to be announced (1)

pappy97 (784268) | more than 7 years ago | (#16833074)

Why are people being dumb? Does every post have to be some stupid not-so-funny joke?

It's obvious that on PS3 launch day, Bungie will announce a Halo 3 Release Date. What that date is beats me, but they'll announce it and it won't change.

Re:It is so obvious what is going to be announced (1)

cralewyth (934970) | more than 7 years ago | (#16833960)

I thought they were releasing Halo 3 on PS3 launch day?

Who gives a flying crap... (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 7 years ago | (#16834462)

News next week? OK, tell us next week. Until then, quick wasting our time.

Besides, Slashdot only publishes positive Wii news (unless there's a Google-Halo tie-in)...

Marketing... (1)

Yfrwlf (998822) | more than 7 years ago | (#16837802)

..regresses even further backwards by trying to generate hype about the release of hype. Those crazy market strategists, what will they think up next? Only on SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY, hot new news about the upcoming news release about the conference about the article about the announcement of the new upcoming thing-a-ma-bob that will stun, shock, and amaze you...eventually! Why did I even click on reply? I think my life has been cheapened by this news and the time wasted writing this. :)

Halo RTS (1)

FerociousFerret (533780) | more than 7 years ago | (#16838624)

Could their big announcement be about the Halo RTS?

After Halo 2 (1)

Mindspider (993974) | more than 7 years ago | (#16845936)

I couldn't care any less about Halo 3 if I tried. Now excuse me, I'm going to go play Gears of War.
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