Last month we learned about a community member’s tragic loss. Adam (aka thecrzedspartan) and his wife Rebecca lost their daughters Trinity and Lena when their lives were claimed by an electrical fire in their family home. As a father, I can only imagine the heartache and pain caused by this loss. In the days following the tragedy, it was inspiring to see the Halo community come together to support Adam and Rebecca in a variety of ways.
In honor of Adam’s family and his daughters, Trinity and Lena, we’ve created the Spartans Never Walk Alone pack. This pack contains the True Light emblem, which is named after the first initial of each of his daughters’ names, and is the first animated emblem to come to Halo 5. All players will receive this pack as part of this month’s free update.
As well we have included a special feature in our new Arena map, Torque. As players look up and scan the stars above, the names Trinity and Lena will be visible in the night sky. These are but small gestures meant to honor Adam’s daughters, ensuring that their memories are always close at hand within the universe he loves.
This gesture by 343 is immeasurable, and while no gesture will ever be enough to lessen the grief felt by Rebecca and Adam, their daughters will always be remembered by anyone who looks to the stars above Torque.
I believe it is our duty as Spartans to show our support as a community of friends and fellow soldiers by wearing this emblem with pride in Lena and Trinity’s memory.
Halo 5: Guardians includes a system for supporting clans, Microsoft and 343 Industries announced today.
Known as Spartan Companies, these allow for up to 100 players to form a group to play with.
Companies have access to private forums through Halo Waypoint, where they can also view stats and profiles for others members of the group. Companies themselves also have profile pages that can be customized with banners, descriptions, mottos, and customizable emblems.
I saw this while of the 343 forums today. In honor of one last 7 on the 7th. So I’ll just passing it along to you wonderful people on Tumblr.
OPERATION: REPOPULATE THE HALO 3 SERVERS
The date is going to be April 7th. It gives us time to prepare but it’s still not too far in the future.
This is not a Halo Waypoint specific event. Read the whole post for details.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
~Send messages to all the big commentators on YouTube, asking them if they can do a little shout out about the Halo 3 play date at the end of their next video. The more people that message, the more chance that they will actually do it. In the end, they are gamers too, so I’m sure they will be glad to help.
~Alert the people who play Halo that may not be on Halo Waypoint’s forums. Not everyone uses Halo Waypoint, and we will be missing a large chunk of potentials players by not telling your friends/colleagues/anyone you know that played Halo 3. If they say that they don’t have it anymore, let them know that it is only $5 if you buy it used, and can most likely be found in the giant bargain bin in the local Gamestop. Hell, you could even buy it for a few people since it’s so damn cheap now.
~Alert any other forums that you think may be interested in this idea.
~Like the  Facebook page so we obtain more exposure.
~REPLY TO THIS TOPIC! Keep it alive and let people see it!
~This is a chance to relive the days of old Halo 3. Back when everyone was playing, and it was a giant cluster of friends and sociality. (I think that’s a word)
~So do whatever you feel inclined to do, and then do a little bit more after that. Let’s get this happening!
An entire day on the Makalu Basecamp trail spent in shadow of this peak, Mahali, a six-thousander in the Makalu-Barun region. The mountain keeps grunting and groaning through the day, as ice blocks melt and reshape.
Available for preorder today, the Halo 4 Limited Edition maximizes your multiplayer experience and puts you in the boots of a Spartan-IV aboard the UNSC Infinity – the hub of your Halo multiplayer career.
The Halo 4 Limited Edition will be available at the estimated retail price of $99.99 and includes:
• War Games Map Pack Access
The competitive multiplayer modes of Halo 4 are known as War Games. The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps - three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE. Yes, you read that correctly; you get nine maps in the form of future DLC with the purchase of the Halo 4 Limited Edition. Score!
Everyone will have access to select Specializations, but those that purchase the Halo 4 Limited Edition will receive the ability to unlock six Specializations early, available at launch on Xbox LIVE. You can use them, one at a time, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specializations unlock new customization options. We’ll be releasing more information about Specializations at E3, so expect additional details about this particular feature then.
• UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet
The UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet includes a Spartan armor customization schematic, information about UNSC weapons, an introduction to the massive ship UNSC Infinity, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity’s finest warriors: The Spartan-IVs. Story lovers will especially enjoy this in-fiction offering that provides a glimpse into the indoctrination of Spartans aboard the Infinity.
• Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Special Edition
The Special Edition of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is a 90-minute extended version of the live-action digital series which will take fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC’s greatest vessel ever: the UNSC Infinity.
Digital content also includes in-fiction bonus content that expands the characters and stories of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, special featurette Bringing Gaming into Reality, and a behind the scenes look at the making of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
• Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE
The Limited Edition includes the following bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE: unique in-game Spartan-IV armor skin, unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle, an exclusive in-game emblem, Xbox LIVE Avatar prop, and Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan IV armor set.