Halo 3 Adds New Achievements Today With Title Update 2
We seem to be on the verge of a major announcement from Bungie, what with the Superintendent surfacing once again on Bungie.net, rambling on about “emergency data corruption” and yielding to uphill traffic. But for today, there’s no puzzle solving to be done — it’s just a straightforward release of new Halo 3 goodies with Title Update 2.
None of the major feature upgrades we inferred might be in the update have turned out to be true, unfortunately. And while, yes, Bungie did shoot down those rumors last month, it wouldn’t be the first time they denied the existence of a feature only to have it show up after all.
Many of Title Update 2′s enhancements are on the backend, meaning you probably won’t see any real impact on the game itself (other than hopefully running into fewer cheaters). As for what you will see, there are two items of significance: playlist ratings and new Achievements.
You might cast off new Achievements as merely something for the Gamerscore whores out there, but you’d be wrong. Three of the Achievements — each dubbed a “Vidmaster Challenge” — will net you zero points to your Gamerscore, but Bungie promises “there will (eventually) be a pay-off. We’re not going to spoil the fun just yet but suffice it to say that gamerscore isn’t everything. There is a pot of gold at the end of the Vidmaster rainbow and it is something you will want. More details later.”
If you take a look at the Achievement list for the game you’ll find more than just the new ten that have been released by Title Update 2 — there are now a total of 79 Achievements for the game, some of which reference unannounced maps, new skulls, and ‘Mythic’ maps. Bungie’s not ready to talk about any of these details yet though, so we’ll have to sit tight and wait to find out what the deal with these is.
Playlist ratings will enhance your ability to track progress in matchmaking. Rather than simply having your Trueskill and global rating (which measure your skill and amount played, respectively), each playlist will get its own individual military rating. This will indicate the amount that you’ve played that particular playlist. Nothing is being lost with this addition; your global rank will be counted on top of the individual playlist ratings.
With all that’s going on in the world of Halo right now, we’ve decided to take a look back at the last year in Halo developments. Look for that and some tasty theories on what this Superintendent business is all about in the coming days on 1UP.