Halo 5 / Halo Xbox One – 1st concept art

I’m sure many of you have already seen it, but why not take another look – here is the first official piece of concept art for Halo 5/Halo Xbox One as done by their newly promoted Senior Art Director, Nicolas “Sparth” Bouvier:

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The original posting of this piece was on Waypoint, and Josh Holmes described it as, “an early exploration of a new location that features prominently in a little game project we’re tinkering with….”

Where is it? Have we been there before? A rebuilt world after the war?

The setting looks very Skyline to me; I’m not saying that’s where it’s at, just that it looks similar to that map located on the colony world of Cascade.

And what’s the curved structure towards the bottom-right that looks a little Covenant-ish? A jointly governed world perhaps, or at least a station where both sides have a presence?

Crazy to think about what’s to come … !

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Much is afoot in the Halo universe

2014 is here and much is afoot in the Halo universe

– Josh Holmes, Executive Producer at 343 Industries

The post title and above quote are taken from a recent post on Halo Waypoint by Josh Holmes, former Creative Director and now Executive Producer at 343 Industries.

It was the first sentence of his post and set the stage for the changes he went on to talk about that have taken place at the company as well as dropping vague mentionings about the next (major) Halo game.

While I had already mentioned about Tim Longo’s hiring last month, there are some other tidings to share:

  • Kenneth Scott is stepping down from his position of Senior Art Director, and Nicolas “Sparth” Bouvier is taking his place; Mr. Scott will still be involved with the studio as a Visual Design Consultant
  • While you never like to lose people, the idea that Sparth is taking over is great news. I really enjoyed the art direction of Halo 4, so the fact that someone who had a large hand in that not only makes sense but means good things are in store.
  • Mr. Bouvier’s style has always been fantastic (the covers of the “Forerunner Trilogy” come to mind), but if you need proof please head to his personal tumblr account here.
  • Kiki Wolfkill is currently “… developing exciting new stories, experiences and technologies that will transform the way that you experience Halo.”

Which means nothing at this point, since we have no clue what he’s referring to. However, new game hype is best served in small bites, and I think this qualifies. Delicious!

The last personnel change I’ll mention comes not from Waypoint but courtesy of (who else?) HBO and it has to do with Bungie alumni, “Destiny” creator and author of Contact Harvest – Joe Staten.

While he’s not a part of 343i, he is now Senior Creative Director for Microsoft Studios.

To put in another way, the guy who knows how to build fantastic worlds/tell great stories/conquer the planet in now in charge of making things cool over at Microsoft. YES!

While I didn’t doubt it before, I’m more confident than ever that good things are going on and will continue to do so in the Halo universe.

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343 day – goodness abounds!

Being the 343rd day of the year, today is – you guessed it – 343 day.

But this day has more in store that just fun for people who like to count – here’s the full list of goodness straight from Waypoint:

  • Halo: Spartan Assault for Xbox One Interview
  • Race Live Gameplay
  • Halo 4 Matchmaking Chat
  • Grifball Live Gameplay
  • Josh Holmes Interview
  • Speed Slayer Live Gameplay
  • Halo: Escalation Comic Book Interview
  • Ricochet Live Gameplay
  • Neutral Flag Live Gameplay
  • Xbox One Launch Discussion
  • Snapshot Live Gameplay
  • Giveaways throughout the day

343 Industries will also be online via their Twitch.TV channel here from 1:00 – 4:00pm PST, so feel free to check them out there as well.

As for myself, I’m only in it to dress up my man-doll in a new helmet 🙂

Just for playing a game today (12/9/2013), you get the Commando helmet. For those of us (like myself) who will never get Dominion mastery, this is sweet

Just for playing a game today (12/9/2013), you get the Commando helmet. For those of us (like myself) who will never get Dominion mastery the normal way, this is sweet

 

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