Halo: Waypoint update drops April 15

Microsoft speeding up sci-fi shooter franchise's Xbox Live community-content service; Mona Lisa motion comic due April 23.

Halo Waypoint has had a presence on Xbox Live since the end of 2009, and the community-content service will soon be getting an upgrade. Today, Microsoft and 343 Industries announced a number of new features that will be available beginning April 15 in Halo: Waypoint, as well as a service overhaul designed to streamline and speed up the online hub.

Headlining the update will be a new motion-comic series, titled The Mona Lisa, due April 23. Based on the Halo Evolutions short story collection, The Mona Lisa is set shortly after the original Halo: Combat Evolved. It tells the story of the starship UNSC Red Horse, which was sent to explore the remnants of the destroyed Halo artifact, encountering along the way a marooned prison ship, the Mona Lisa. Convenant conflict ensues.

Halo: Waypoint is an enabler for stat-obsessed gamers.

As for tweaks to the Halo: Waypoint hub itself, Microsoft will be fully incorporating Halo: Reach achievements, stats, and play history. This update includes a new "compare with friends" feature, which lets gamers line up their stats against those of others. Additionally, players can now launch the Games on Demand version of Reach directly from Waypoint.

New Avatar items are also coming as part of the Halo: Waypoint update. Gamers will be able to pick up a new collection of Spartan helmets, Red vs. Blue Avatar wear, and a Flood infection costume beginning April 14.

Written By

Want the latest news about Halo: Reach?

Halo: Reach

Halo: Reach

Follow

Discussion

37 comments
Bluejays2008
Bluejays2008

i really thought the items were free i forgot xbox is money hungry :(

daub11
daub11

halo way-point is just basicly like all the rest of em cause no matter what character you are it's still fun to play no matter what.

lozo777
lozo777

New armor would have been nice :/

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

i sold black ops but still kept halo reach...got 40 bucks for black ops 6 months after release, pretty pumped about that

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

I gave up on Halo after Halo 3: ODST. Bought Reach, saw it was basically exactly the same as H3 and sold it. Didn't even complete the campaign.

Boblehead2008
Boblehead2008

Halo reach is fun but Halo 3 has a more special place in my heart.

ScaredySquirrel
ScaredySquirrel

I think Reach is great, but I don't really care too much about Halo Waypoint. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, it just doesn't interest me very much.

Flint247
Flint247

I still play Halo Reach. Love the game.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@lilflex1 huh...thats cool, i actually didn't know you could use it for that...i will have to try going back on it sometime

RadView
RadView

hopfully free swag !!

Lone_Recon
Lone_Recon

...and continued support from the developer.

Lone_Recon
Lone_Recon

And this my friends is what makes Halo so great: the community.

jadefury27
jadefury27

they should bring dual wield to multiplayer.

AceCometh
AceCometh

It's good that they're updating Waypoint. So far I haven't found it usefull in any ways, shape or form.I look forward to the new features :D

lilflex1
lilflex1

i just use waypoint to watch fails of the week and other stuff

Barighm
Barighm

I don't like how poorly designed Big Team Battle maps are. Vehicles are no fun now and you rarely get to use them. I don't use Waypoint because I don't see the point; however, Team Classic is what I have been waiting for, so I'm happy now. It's not quite the same, but Halo 2 style gameplay using Reach's rules is proving to be as much fun as I hoped. I'm still eagerly waiting the Halo: CE remake at the end of the year.

DeathNaBarrel
DeathNaBarrel

@Drakkengoth They DO need to change the pistol though. I love CE more than any of the other Halo games, but the pistol beat every weapon at every range except for the shotgun up close. The single player shoudl be unmarred, but multi needs balance, by a long shot

Cloud310
Cloud310

Waypoint is a great tool that needs to be implemented in other games to search and lookup stats of game play. It's a great social tool to get more out of the Halo franchise. I enjoy reaching certain achievements and get encouraged to play more by being given bonus material at a certain rank or amount of unlocked achievements. 343 has done a great job filling in the gap so far and don't except anything less in the future.

controlfreak25
controlfreak25

Sweet, new avatar awards......sorry, i just really like avatar awards. Beats having to pay for the stuff.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Okay so basically Waypoint is still useless, gotcha.

zxTASKMASTERxz
zxTASKMASTERxz

I must say i expected a bit more for reach, but its still an awesome game, with so many things to do... I hope 343 next halo game, whatever it is, is as good as any of bungie's work on the series... Also hope they care for the community as much as bungie did...

awssk8er716
awssk8er716

So many Halo fanboys here. Every bad comment has thumbs down, and every positive comment has thumbs up. Halo isn't a bad series, it just got milked.

r3pzero
r3pzero

reach had better match making halo 3 had better custom games and halo wars should not be in waypoint

kvan33
kvan33

I agree with Drakkengoth. Reach was a disappointment. I played Halo 3 for the better part of a year. Reach got boring after 1 month of on-line play. Sadly I just think the gameplay is a little dated now.

VALikimlav
VALikimlav

I love Halo. I'm always ready for more Halo content.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

please make the remake amazing, u can do that by not changing a single thing about it. Reach was the biggest disappointment of 2010, story, level design, multiplayer... a real shame they screwed it up.

balfe1990
balfe1990

Nice, that came out of the blue. 343i have done a good job on it so far.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

That hub is cool for the mythos. It has short articles about the games and novels' events. Other than that, I can't remember the last time I checked it.

DGonlag
DGonlag

Nice, I really like Halo Waypoint; easy to see all of my Halo gamerscore. New avatar awards! That's great, the only thing i have now is some stupid helmet (wihthout suit you see).

xXCombatWombat
xXCombatWombat

Glad to see they're finally adding this to Waypoint. This probably means Bungie.Net is all but done with Halo Reach stats.

OleanderX
OleanderX

I still love Halo as far as story goes. I don't play a lot of MP but It is A LOT of fun every once and a while with some friends.

brian_13un
brian_13un

Just go with the Remake of the first Halo :)

undertaker20111
undertaker20111

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

JOKER677
JOKER677

Should have one of these for bad company 2