Halo ‘Bootcamp’ Outed by Korean Rating Board, MS Confirms
UPDATE: PC gamers hoping Halo Bootcamp is the rumored PC port of Halo 3 may be in for a bit of disappointment. In the NeoGAF thread where this news originally surfaced, Google Translate was used to translate the Korean to English, which appeared to include a clear reference to Halo 3.
However, running the mysterious game’s description text through other translation services reveals a different picture. Here’s what Bing Translator has to say:
“‘Halo’ as a third-person point of view based on the worldview of the mission is going to be executing an action game of water
Minor violence representation (expressed as mere weaponry, attacks and a third-person point-of-blood description)
Thus, article 21 of the law on the promotion of the game industry and the provisions of article 9, paragraph 3, classified according to the classification as a ‘ 15 ‘ decision.”
There’s obviously a lot of murky English in there, but one thing is pretty clear. The description isn’t referring to Halo 3. Rather, it’s referring to a a third-person Halo game.
We clearly need help. Anyone speak Korean?
Original story below
A listing for “Bootcamp” surfaced on the Korean Game Rating Board today, which is apparently some sort of Halo game. You can enlarge the image above to see the listing, or check it out for yourself right here.
Odd things in that description: Halo 3 is mentioned. Huh? Is this potentially the rumored Halo 3 PC port? Also, this is listed as a PC/online game, not an Xbox One title. Wah?
We reached out to Microsoft for some clarity, and a spokesperson provided Game Front with the following statement:
“What’s Bootcamp? It is not related to our Xbox One efforts, or the Reclaimer Saga, but rather a project we’re very enthusiastic about and will have more to say about in the near future.”
So, it’s not an Xbox One game. Nor is it a part of the “Reclaimer Saga” (which is a fancy title referring to the new Halo trilogy, starting with Halo 4). So what the hell is this thing? It’s clearly a spinoff of some kind.
Note that “Bootcamp” could in some way refer to the similarly titled Reed Ruiz novel Halo: Fall of Reach: Boot Camp. And what’s that book about? Here’s the Amazon description:
The legend of Master Chief begins! The United Nations Space Command is engaged in a brutal battle against a growing tide of insurrection. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and under the threat of a prolonged war the UNSC initiates the SPARTAN-II Project, a military program seeking to create a squad of super-soldiers. And so a great adventure begins: Once, he was a 6-year-old boy named John. But his superior speed, intelligence and adaptability to the SPARTAN-II training allow him to rise above the rest, starting his journey to become the most legendary warrior the galaxy has ever known! Halo: Fall of Reach – Bootcamp begins the adaptation of Eric Nylund’s novel Halo: The Fall of Reach, based on the international videogame sensation Halo!
Your guess is as good as ours at this point, but we’ve at least confirmed A). That Korean Game Rating Board page wasn’t ‘shopped, this is actually a thing, and B). it’s not for Xbox One, and C). it’s not a part of the new Halo trilogy.
What do you guys think this is?
Sources: Gameranx | NeoGAF |
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