Bungie Weekly Update – 10-27-07 – Landfall of Awesomeness
It has been a while since I covered a Bungie Weekly Update. Not that there really has been much to cover. The past few updates have been pretty boring to say the least. This week’s update, however, has a bit of a kick to it.
First off, Bungie retorts to cheaters alike by readying “the mighty mallet of justice”. As Jonathan covered earlier, Bungie have sworn it will gift cheaters of Halo 3 with a complete lack of impunity. To those who are cheating right now, Bungie are watching you. Bungie affirms us that when enough data is collected, swift justice will be served.
Do you think you are skilled at Halo 3? Are you wondering why lately it seems as if you’ve hit the proverbial wall when it comes to advancing your ranking? Well, perhaps you’re not as skilled as you think. Bungie affirms the skill system in Halo 3 is not borked. Halo 3 ranking isn’t based on your experience or time invested in the game. In fact, the ranking system is one by which you are compared to all Halo 3 players. Sure you jumped through the ranks early on; but as you near the level where Halo 3 peers of your caliber are, advancement starts to level off. This is designed to better match your skills against other Halo 3 players fairly. So unless you’ve found some secret trick or move that makes you THAT much better than others of your ranking, you’ll probably be stuck with them for a while.
Bungie also explains why melee fights in Halo 3 seem so random or just plain weird. Bungie admits that aesthetically things look worse than they really are. Just remember that what you see on your end isn’t necessarily what happened (same goes for the other guy). This is all due to the way Halo 3 handles the extremely variable network conditions. Bungie, of course, are always looking into ways to improve things (within reason). They can’t fix the internet… or can they? o_O
Next item of discussion is 4:3 aspect ratio monitors over VGA cables resulting in widescreen resolutions being ‘stretched’. Put simply, it’s a 360 standardized thing. Bungie insists that they will not add black bars to accommodate such a small user base.
According to Bungie, the promised DLC is coming. The maps themselves are coming along well. Two in particular are ginormous. Bungie hope to reveal the timing of release for these maps real soon. Also, be on the lookout for some Halloween themed matchmaking fun around the 31st.
Next up is probably the most exciting news of the update: the 7-minute Halo Landfall short (video shown above). Bungie describe it best:
Director Neill Blomkamp explores the lives of Marines and ODSTs on a last, desperate mission in a post-invasion Earth – a mission that may secure the salvation, or usher the destruction of the entire galaxy. Edited together as a standalone piece for the first time, these three shorts are the first glimpse at what a live-action Halo could look like and a must-see for Halo fans of every stripe.
Shawn had covered news earlier regarding the Halo Landfall video showing up on Xbox Live. Bungie are now providing direct download links to the video in 6 flavors: QT, WMV ; small, medium, & large. I highly recommend watching this short in its HiDef glory. My only complaint with the short? Brutes appear a bit too fake. They need to step it up a notch with the CGI there. I still dig the overall low budget feel.
In closing, Bungie give news of awarding two Halo 3 community members with the ubiquitous Recon Helmet (I wonder how much ebay equity those have?). How these two individuals earned this coveted award will be the scrutiny of many. Bungie at least provide the evidence in question:
ZB Shogun for suffering the most humiliating traffic accident ever:
Skyllus vBi for shooting himself in the head with his own Sniper Rifle:
I gotta admit, death by traffic cone is pretty damn funny.