Halo Waypoint details mapped out, Career mode revealed

Microsoft details Xbox Live's forthcoming all-Halo channel, reveals achievement-collating recognition system and awards.

Because sometimes achievements aren't enough.

Three months after Halo Waypoint's existence was revealed, Microsoft has released the first screens and video of it in action. Initially billed as "a new destination for Halo fans on Xbox Live," the channel for the Xbox 360's online service is exactly that, serving up exclusive content and collating players' achievements across all Halo games.

As outlined in the video below, Halo Waypoint will feature a section called Intel, which includes bonus information on installments in the Bungie-created series past and present. It will also feature content related to non-game Halo projects, such as the Halo Legends anime collection and spin-off novels. Microsoft's all-Halo imprint, 343 Industries, will update this section with new content every day, some of which will be gamer-generated.

Now you can tell your parents you're making a career out of playing Halo and technically not be lying.

Catering to the fetishistic obsessiveness of the shooter's hardcore fans, Halo Waypoint will also feature a new Career section. This section collates all achievements earned in Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo Wars, and all related downloadable content and "converts them into an overall ranking and recognition system."

On top of achievements, Waypoint Career will add Waypoint Milestones, which use achievement points like role-playing game experience points to increase a player's Halo Waypoint level. It will also add Waypoint Awards, which are awarded for groups of achievements with a similar subject, such as particular weapons and vehicles.

Halo Waypoint goes live on November 5 and will be open to all Xbox Live subscribers until November 26. From that point on, it will be accessible only by subscription-paying Xbox Live Gold members.

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Scab
Scab

If your already in, will you have to pony up $50 to keep, or on Nov.26th it will cost $50 to join? No Thanks if they start charging, because it's just not all that!

LordKingboat
LordKingboat

The whole "idea" has taken gaming to a brand new level! Being awarded achievements for achieving, awesome idea!

IKIRYIPT
IKIRYIPT

I was a halo fan boy and then came gears which i admit has its flaws just like halo but are both very good titles but this got me back into the halo series this is genius and i think u will see more games doing this in the near future *cough* gears of war 3 please !! u have to acutually experience it to enjoy it plus awards c'mon i have unlocked the monitor for a prop that flys around my avatar and a full blown odst trooper avatar outfit which has to be earned which gives u a since of pride instead of just buying it keep the inivation up bungie major props..

JoJoStarFire
JoJoStarFire

Same thing here, I got the preview, and I got my little monitor, there is a video on Youtube, on how the armor and the helmets are going to look. I think they look neat. Going to buy me Halo ODST next month

clintbrew
clintbrew

i got halo waypoint already cus i got the Update preview and i like it cus it unlocked avatar awards sofar i unlock the Eyeball monitor from the Halo games as a prop

DamnedApples
DamnedApples

I like Halo, but I've definitely had more fun with some other shooters (007 Golden-eye, SW BF1 and 2, L4D). I really amuses is me is that some people seem to take a new Halo release as a threat to their own existence and have to reaffirm themselves by spewing out every bit of malcontent they have for it on forums....when nobody actually cares.... just shut up already. Nobody cares how much you hate a franchise. The same goes for every one out there. Xbox360, PS3, Wii, or PC haters, go crawl under a rock and figure out some other way to reaffirm your existences instead of trolling these forums with your trash and giving everybody a headache.

jeffv541
jeffv541

I am sick of halo and I am sick of you.

okassar
okassar

As a Halo fanboy, I like this, lol, for people who don't have a Halo game, this means nothing.

denicola_a_god
denicola_a_god

looks like a a pretty featurepacked service gonna enjoy using it for halo 3 and odst

dracosummoner
dracosummoner

There's going to be content based off the spin-off novels? Sweet! I'm really sorry if I missed the answer to this somewhere, but do these achievements retroactively activate for players who have already had them for a while?

Barighm
Barighm

Dunno why ODST is still being referred to as an "expansion". There is technically more in ODST than there is in Halo 3: everything equivalent to what was in 3, plus a couple new weapons, game mode, and every single multi-player map available. Still, MS is going a little overboard with this. They should really have more class and just focus on producing a great game, something I have to question these days since I think a monkey has infiltrated Bungie's design department (A blinding red light when you get damaged? What moron came up with that idea? I couldn't fricken see!!). The odd novel or two is fine, but all of this extra stuff is starting to feel like athletes advertising Coke.

damo320
damo320

To: vf21x You trying to say that people using Waypoint have no life is hypocritical because anyone could say the same about a person who is bothered commenting negatively on a product they're obviously not interested in. You really thought that one out.

Trentdo
Trentdo

cool more halo till reach

duke-nukem11
duke-nukem11

i dont get halo. the 1st one was great. but then it has gotten out of control. ill stick to killzone

fionndruinne
fionndruinne

"fetishistic obsessiveness" eh? Hmm, thanks Gamespot.

Lachesis_001
Lachesis_001

Awesome! Now there is more of a reason to get Halo related Achievements :D

Jaggermaster
Jaggermaster

@Chyaku You're forgetting the part where all the money that was made from the Halo games were used to make the next Halo game. That's milking it? Yeah right, try some more, kid. :o. It applies the other way around too NO WAY. Your point?! xD

Chyaku
Chyaku

@jaggermaster You're forgetting the part where all the money that was made from the MGS games were used to make the next MGS game. That's milking it? Yeah right, try some more, kid.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Pretty interesting. Can't wait to check it out.

Jaggermaster
Jaggermaster

@fps_d0minat0r Buddy MGS4 is rendered at 1024x768 Halo 3 is rendered at 1138x640. Both are sub HD Your point?! There are 28 MGS games until now :P That's right, twenty-eight games. if that's not milking... ] Have nothing against MGS series just that fanboys like you come here to say that Halo is milked!!!(Woohoo big surprise) when there are games being milked before you were even born. 50 gb of 90 min uncompressed cutscenes. Milking is a big part in the gaming industry everybody does it get over it. Yes milking applies only to MS games for you :P

SpiritOfFire117
SpiritOfFire117

No fps d0minat0r. "Milking" is only a term that only seems to apply to Halo. Judging from your avatar if something similar were to be on PSN but MGS related you wouldn't complain one bit. As a big MGS fan myself, I'd like that and so far I like the idea of Waypoint, being a big Halo fan. Also your logic for ODST is flawed and the game is by no means low quality or unfinished in the least bit.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ Jaggermaster do you even know what the term "milking" means? if they released MGS4 and it didnt do atleast 720p native and had last gen physics, graphics AI and relied on snake to sell, that would be called "milking" buying 50 gigs of quality for £40 isnt called being milked. buying an expansion with 2 weapons, 3 maps and 1 new game mode for £40 is called being milked....putting out low quality unfinished stuff for consumers to buy.......ODST.

Darkbeyond
Darkbeyond

K vf21x you loser jsut because we paly games doesn't make us losers so don't commet. And anyway this looks great can't wait. =)

datniccah187
datniccah187

I like it. Halo is like no other game when it comes to actual online content out of the game. As far as your stats, i think the ability to see your stats from any match you've played in your entire lifetime is increditable.

gamermanps2
gamermanps2

Maybe there could be some way to meet other Halo players on this service so you could party up for some Firefight.

xgraderx
xgraderx

The support halo and its fans get is unrivaled.

vf21x
vf21x

Waypoint??? Seriously.........There is a thing called a life people.

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

@ head_shot_: So basically you're saying that all halo games get good reviews for being halo? You mean games like halo wars? Another jealous comment made by a jealous ps3 fanboy ... =D

prioritymail
prioritymail

It just looks like a console-optimized bungie website. I don't see the appeal.

necronaux
necronaux

Talk about milking a franchise... only thing missing would be an NBC sit-com (Master Chief, fat, bald, retired, maried to some hottie...).

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

That really takes hardcore to a whole new level. Quite a unique idea in this console generation.

Archangel3371
Archangel3371

Awesome. I love glossing over all the various stats so putting them all in one easy to access place will be great. It'll also be interesting to see how I rank overall and the insider info could be very cool. I'm also very interested in watching the upcoming anime. As long as they continue putting out an excellent product they can milk it all they want I'll certainly buy it.

Ovirew
Ovirew

it's a nice touch, but hopefully they don't cram it down the throats of non-halo fans as well.

otanikun
otanikun

Ready your Mountain Dew, Halo junkies

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@I Pwn U n00bs Totally agreed. MGS has far more games and has been milked in every sense of the word. At least Halo keep getting better as it goes on.

InsertWittyID
InsertWittyID

For some reason stuff like this gives me a sinking feeling that Halo will become an enormous cash-in after Bungie ends their involvement post-Reach.

sidd67
sidd67

I dont hate Halo....I just cant go back to it after spending so much time with the COD series.....I cant do with the cartoony graphics and low-gravity environment anymore.

I_Pwn_U_n00bs
I_Pwn_U_n00bs

I really did lol a guy with a MGS avatar says Halo game is milked... HILARIOUS!

wowyousux
wowyousux

i don't know why people hate the halo series so much? If you really don't understand the game you should read the books they are really good books!

Firebullet199
Firebullet199

I kinda like the idea of the sharing and exclusive intel stuff which might be intresting for halo fans. The overall total halo gamerscore is slightly pointless. The rank and the medals are nice but that is just that. there is really not enough motivation to get these medals. Although I do enjoy achievments but I enjoy the actual task not my rank or my gamerscore. I just have fun getting the achievment.

TripSe7en
TripSe7en

Im not really a big Halo fan, but I do like the game and I think this added content is great. I don't understand how there are so many whiners out there that are so ticked off about this. It doesn't cost you anything other than your Gold subscription, and you never have to use it if you don't want to. For the hardcore Halo fans, I think this is great, just as I would think it would be great if SOny did something like this for their games. Bottom line; it is free and no one is forcing you to use it...

Battlehead90
Battlehead90

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kca89
kca89

The people who love Halo a lot will enjoy this. I'll check it out, but I'm not a big Halo guy, so I don't expect to use this aside from checking it out once or twice.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i am ready for this, and its my last day of gold, so this is a big reason to re-subscribe!

xApocalypse2012
xApocalypse2012

I think this is a cool idea; for the hardcore fans at least. I see a bunch of Sony boys here complaining. Haha. Halo has a great background story - a lot of which isn't in the games. It should be interesting to see the new content.