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Halo Waypoint
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http://www.halowaypoint.com/

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Yes

Type of site:

Official Halo site

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Microsoft

Halo Waypoint is the official online portal for all Halo-related content. It is accessible online at Xbox.com as the primary Halo website,[1] and on the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live where it is available to Xbox Live Gold members. The Xbox 360 version of Halo Waypoint was co-developed by Certain Affinity and 343 Industries.[2] It was released by 343 Industries as part of the Xbox Fall Update on November 5, 2009. In May 2012 Halo Waypoint was updated to include Kinect compatibility.

A mobile version of Halo Waypoint was released for the Windows Phone 7 (and later 8), iOS, and Android platforms for free, though it lacked a number of features found on the web and Xbox versions. An additional feature called ATLAS was released in December 2011 which showed detailed diagrams of Halo: Reach multiplayer maps and near real time game player and weapon location stats in Matchmaking and Custom Games. ATLAS was free on the Windows Phone 7 and available for $4.99 on iOS and Android.[3] 343 Industries discontinued support for the Waypoint mobile apps on August 1, 2014.[4]

The Halo Channel is a next-generation iteration of the Waypoint concept and will be available on the Xbox One and Windows 8.1.[5] The Halo Waypoint website received a visual and organizational overhaul on October 14, 2014 in preparation for the release of the Halo Channel and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.[6]

Overview[edit]

Halo Waypoint's official banner.

Halo Waypoint provides users with various kinds of Halo information, including information on members of the Halo community, various machinima videos and gameplay strategies and tutorials. It also allows players to access their own gameplay-related data, tracking "milestones" and progress through multiple games in the series. The weekly Halo Bulletin and most major announcements regarding the Halo series are also posted at Waypoint. The site also features a Halo discussion forum. On December 15, 2010, the Halowars.com forums went offline and were subsequently merged with the Halo Waypoint forums.[7] On March 31, 2012 Halo Waypoint officially took over all record-keeping responsibilities from Bungie.net.

On October 13, 2014, the web version of Waypoint received a massive overhaul, which included the removal of some of the elements found on the site since its launch. The Xbox 360 version did not receive such an update, and as such these features can still be found there.

Content on Halo Waypoint is divided into five main categories: Games, Community, Universe, Shop/Store, and Profile/Career.

Games[edit]

Players can find information for each and every Halo game, organized by title. The web version displays only limited galleries as well as links to service records and related forums. The Xbox 360 version features extensive galleries, as well as access to trailers and videos.

Channel[edit]

Information regarding the availability and features of the Halo Channel app on Xbox One and Windows 8.1.

Community (web version)[edit]

The main page displays a featured Halo Bulletin, blog post, poll, and forum posts, as well as Waypoint's Twitter and YouTube feeds. Additional links provide easy access to the player's user profile, Waypoint forums, as well as past Bulletins and blog posts. A unique feature, Calendar, provides information on upcoming events.

Community (Xbox 360 version)[edit]

The community section of the Xbox 360 version is divided into a number of subsections.

Spotlight[edit]

Features a variety of videos and galleries from the Halo community members such as bs angel, Top 5, Screenshot Spotlight, McFarlane Toys and MEGA Bloks.

Creations[edit]

Community creations including Forge with Pete, High Speed Halo and Mace Windex's 3D Screenshots, among others.

Events[edit]

Videos and galleries of Halo community events such as launches, conferences, panels, and MLG tournaments.

Rooster Teeth[edit]

Virtually every Rooster Teeth video ever uploaded to Waypoint, including Grifball and Achievement Hunter. Waypoint-exclusive Red vs. Blue videos can be found here, however regular season episodes are only uploaded on a temporary basis.

Universe[edit]

On the Xbox 360 players can find virtually any media that has been featured on Halo Waypoint. These articles, videos and galleries are organized by subject matter. Subject headings are: Ships, Vehicles, Weapons, Factions, Characters, Events, Locations, and Technology. This information is no longer updated, and is only current up to the release of Halo 4.

The web version, though updated and current, is more limited in its scope, and does not include much of the information found on the Xbox 360 version. Only text articles can be found here; there are no videos or galleries.

Shop/Store[edit]

The Shop features physical items for sale including clothing, action figures, books and more, and also includes links for the purchase of digital and physical products including games and soundtracks.

The Xbox 360 version's Store additionally allows players to directly download Avatar items, themes and picture packs, as well as games and map packs available on demand.

Profile[edit]

In the web version, a player's profile allows them to write a brief bio, view their basic Halo 4 stats, recent forum activity, and Waypoint badges. A drop-down menu provides links to the service record for each game from Halo 2 Vista through the Master Chief collection. The Halo: Reach and Halo 4 service records also feature links to the more extensive stats pages found on Waypoint prior to the October 2014 overhaul. Career Milestones have been replaced by a simple total of the gamerscore unlocked across all Halo Games with achievements, save for Halo 2 Vista.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection service record[edit]

The MCC service record denotes campaign progress, terminals unlocked, K/D ratio, achievements, campaign high scores and best times.

Halo: Spartan Assault service record[edit]

The player's Spartan Assault service record includes basic statistics, mission progress and high scores, and achievements unlocked.

Halo 4 service record[edit]

The Halo 4 service record displays the basic information of the player's Halo 4 career including: Completed Specializations, Player Since, Last Played, Total Playtime, Spartan Points, Challenges Completed, Campaign Completion, Spartan Ops Completion, total Commendation progress, number of achievements unlocked, the four Top Medals earned, games played by mode (campaign, Spartan Ops, War Games, and Custom War Games), most used weapon, and most played variant.

Halo 4 Stats[edit]

Complete Halo 4 statistics can be found in the Halo 4 Stats web app. Players can view detailed information regarding their play in campaign, custom and matchmaking War Games, and Spartan Ops. This includes statistics, game history and progress towards current Challenges, as well as specific Achievements and Specializations progress. Players can also view Domain Terminal and Spartan Ops videos.

Players can view all of the same information for everyone on their Friends list, or simply compare their friend's basic stats to their own. In the Xbox 360 version, this feature is known as "Barracks".

Halo: Reach Stats[edit]

The Halo: Reach service record outlines a player's Service Record, Stats (including weapons stats), Game History, and Challenges. The PC version of Waypoint also allows players to view Medals and Commendations, File Share, File Sets, Recent Screenshots, Xbox Downloads and Tag History. Bungie.net medals do not appear on Halo Waypoint.[note 1] Previously, players could view and compare their detailed Reach stats with their friends' in the web version. This has been discontinued, however on the Xbox 360 version under Halo: Reach Service Record players can compare their basic Reach stats using "Friend Compare" and their general career stats using "Player Card Compare".

The service record features an image of the player's in-game Spartan armor. On August 1, 2014, this image ceased to be updated.[4]

Halo: Anniversary service record[edit]

The Anniversary service record which outlines basic campaign progress on each level and difficulty. The record displays achievement progress, and denotes as the number of Terminals unlocked, Skulls collected, and objects scanned in the library Library. The terminal videos can only be viewed on the Xbox 360 version, which can be viewed by pressing "X" while in the main menu or by manually accessing the "Classified" menu.

Halo 3, ODST, Halo Wars & Halo 2 service records[edit]

The PC version of Waypoint also includes basic statistics pages for Halo 2 Vista, Halo 3, Halo Wars, and Halo 3: ODST. Statistics displayed are: games played, kills, kill-death ratio, and achievements unlocked.

File share & File browser[edit]

Halo: Reach and Halo 4 File Share items can be viewed on the web version of Waypoint in their respective detailed Stats pages. From Waypoint, files can be organized into groups (called "File Sets"), tagged, and downloaded to a computer or added to an Xbox LIVE download queue. This capability was originally hosted at Bungie.net but was discontinued on March 31, 2012. Waypoint added the feature in June 2012 and expanded the limit of file from six to 25. The Halo 4 File Share was integrated with Halo Waypoint in February 2013.

The file browser lists popular Halo: Reach and Halo 4 screenshots, gametypes, films, rendered films and map variants, available for players to download to their Xbox 360. Only the Halo 4 browser is found on the Xbox 360 version.

Xbox 360 exclusive features[edit]

Most of the following features were once found on the web version of Waypoint, but can now only be viewed on the Xbox 360 version.

Waypoint Career[edit]

The player's Waypoint Career records a player's progress through the entire Halo series. The PC version also displays campaign and multiplayer totals across every Halo game from Halo 3 through Halo 4. The Waypoint Career displays Career Milestones, Awards, and basic individual stats summaries for all eight games, including Halo 2 Vista.

Career milestones[edit]

Main article: Career milestones

Milestones are achieved as a player's Halo gamerscore increases. All Halo games released since 2007 support milestones, and future games will support it as well, although Halo 2 Vista and its achievements are currently not supported. The original cap of forty milestones at launch has been increased incrementally with the release of additional games and achievements. The number was raised to its current and final level, 100, on July 15, 2013.

Awards[edit]

Halo Awards are medals that a player can earn by unlocking related achievements in the Halo games; essentially, they are groupings of achievements. As an example, the Vehicle Specialist award is unlocked after completing several vehicle-related achievements. Awards are also given in tiers; the more achievements a player unlocks, the higher the tier of their award will become. (For example, completing "extra" vehicle-related achievements will increase the Vehicle Specialist award's tier.) Tiers are indicated by the number of lines at the top of the awards, just beneath the ribbon. Locked awards appear silver; once a player has reached a high enough tier, the awards become gold. Only achievements on the Xbox 360 are listed on Waypoint, and as such Halo 2 Vista and Xbox One achievements are not included. Halo 4 achievements and Halo: Spartan Assault were only added to the Joint Service, Elite award.

Achievements[edit]

The Xbox 360 version of Waypoint allows players to view every Halo achievement from every Halo game released on the Xbox 360, as well as the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 versions of Halo: Spartan Assault. The achievements can be viewed from their own record in the Waypoint Career menu. Halo 2 Vista and Xbox One achievements are not included.

The web version of Waypoint allows players to view these same achievements, which are instead displayed in their respective service records.

Classified[edit]

Terminals and other unlockables are recorded under Classified. There are five separate Data Sets: Alpha Halo Archive, Requiem Archive I, Requiem Archive II, Section 3 Archive, and Draetheus V Archive.

A translation of the Forerunner script

The Alpha Halo Archive includes the ten Terminals found in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary as well as the eleventh bonus terminal. The eleventh terminal is unlocked by first finding and accessing the ten terminals found in the campaign, then inputting the characters found at the end of each terminal. The characters correspond directly with the Latin alphabet. In order from the first terminal, they are: "343GS", "HALO4", "SPARK", "FLOOD", "EARTH", "DEMON", "RINGS", "ARRAY", "HUMAN", and "HAVEN". Entering each code will unlock its respective terminal in for viewing on Waypoint, and will also grant the player with 7,000 credits in Halo: Reach and a background for the Waypoint forums. Once all codes have been entered, the eleventh terminal will be unlocked, and the player will have been awarded an additional 30000 cR for a total of 100,000 credits.

Requiem Archive I is unlocked by completing at least three Spartan Ops chapters and inputting three codes: "1UK3CVYJZM", "3VGRZJ1BS6" and "Q239SF2PGZ". The first unlocks the Raider left and right shoulder pieces for use in Halo 4 and awards 500XP. The second unlocks the Raider torso and 500XP. The third unlocks the Raider helmet and 500XP. Entering all three codes unlocks the Raider art gallery, a description of the armor, the Raider emblem and an additional 500XP.

Requiem Archive II was made available with the release of the Crimson Map Pack and is unlocked with three codes: "MN7VKCZPÆQ", "WQ6F2Y1M1P" and "8PXX1SMIQU". The first code requires the player to beat the first three episodes of Spartan Ops on Legendary and unlocks the Spartan Ops Concept Art gallery, the Raider DSTT left and right shoulders, the "On Your Shield" emblem and 2500XP. The second requires the player to complete the campaign solo on Legendary and unlocks the "Legendary" gallery, the Raider DSTT torso and 7500 XP. The third and final code requires the player to complete 1000 games in War Games matchmaking and unlocks a concept art gallery, the Raider DSTT helmet, the "1K Club" emblem and 25000 XP. Unlocking all three will unlock an art gallery, a description of the armor, the Raider Distort emblem and 15000 XP.

The Section 3 Archive features nine codes. The first two are unlocked by finding all seven Terminals in the Halo 4 campaign and inputting the "Wiseguy" code ("9WE621KN8F") and the "ONI" code ("T5CE6KV3R8"). The Wiseguy code unlocks its namesake emblem, the Domain Terminals artwork gallery and 2000XP. The ONI code unlocks its emblem, the Halo 4 Concept Art gallery and 5000XP. The next three codes are known as "Day 1", "Curious" and "LASO". The Day 1 code ("M0DKEÆEMQC") unlocks an image of the "Classified" question mark with a cryptic caption "Where were you that day?" and 12116XP. It also also lists the Recruit emblem, however this emblem is already unlocked by default anyway. The Curious code ("1K3G7N17LL") unlocks the same image with the caption "How did you find me?" and 20,000XP. The LASO code ("EPGROIVIDR") is the most difficult of any code to use. To unlock the code, players must complete every level of the Halo 4 campaign on Legendary with all skulls on (LASO). Completing these criteria and entering the code rewards the player with the LASO emblem and 50,000XP. The code bears the caption, "There is no limit to your bravery and skill," and congratulates the player with the message, "Excellent work, Spartan, only the select few can truly claim the LASO honour. This emblem commemorates your incredible accomplishment." The release of the Majestic Map Pack added a sixth code, "Majestic"("GTÆRFIEU6Q"), which unlocks a Majestic Map Pack concept art gallery, 25000XP and the message "Good eye for detail." The seventh code, "Rebirth", was released with Halo: Silentium, its scrambled symbols found in the book's pages. The code ("73P1SJ66O9"), described as the "Silentium coda", awards 20,000XP and unlocks the Rebirth video: a forty-minute narration by Greg Bear, describing the reintroduction phase from the perspective of Riser, which serves as an epilogue to the novel. A few days after the release of the Rebirth code, an eighth code was released. The "Rebirth (Full)" code ("DLS1B0SXUI") grants 50,000XP and the Overachiever emblem, as well as unlocking a new version of the Rebirth video, with a different graphical display and an additional five minutes of content. The "Castle" code ("EXBBFÆKÆJ4") was released with the Castle Map Pack, and unlocks a Castle Map Pack concept art gallery, 40,000XP and the message "Nothing gets past you." The final code, the "Bullseye" code ("5PZ4VHJ8MG"), released with the Bullseye Map Pack, unlocks concept art for Pitfall and Vertigo, along with 30,000XP.

The Draetheus V Archive was made available following the release of Halo: Spartan Assault and features four codes which unlock five archive entries. The first code "Recruit" ("397ÆWKKR3Q"), which requires the Recruit achievement from Spartan Assault, unlocks 10,000 XP for Halo 4. The second code "Prodigy" ("OÆ09SS2A2V"), requires the Prodigy achievement to be unlocked , and unlocks 15,000 XP. The final code "Able Spartan" ("67706L40XV"), which requires the Powered by MJOLNIR achievement, unlocks 15,000 XP. Entering all three codes will unlock "Flying Colors", which includes 10,000 XP, a concept art gallery, and its namesake emblem. Unlocking the three codes, along with the Champions Bundle, will allow the player to unlock exclusive Halo 4 content from Spartan Assault. The fourth code, also titled "Flying Colors" (VGEN5Æ9RQW) was released on Christmas 2013. This code requires to the player to start and complete a Spartan Assault mission on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One versions of the game, and will unlock the same "Flying Colors" emblem and Spartan Assault concept art, as well as 50,000 XP. If the player has already unlocked the original three codes prior to this one, they will still unlock 50,000 XP.

Avatar Awards[edit]

Several avatar awards) can be unlocked through the Xbox 360 version of Waypoint. To unlock an Award, the player must complete a specific task in one of the Halo games and then open Halo Waypoint on their Xbox 360 while signed in on their Xbox Live profile. There are currently 10 avatar items which vary from a Monitor prop to armor variants such as ODST helmets.[8]

List of avatar awards[edit]

  • Halo Waypoint Monitor: Log In to Halo Waypoint for the first time. An Avatar 'prop' which adds an idle animation to the player's Avatar in which their character summons a Forerunner Monitor who bobs and hovers around them playfully.
  • Rookie Helmet: Unlocked Halo 3: ODST's Campaign Complete Achievement (Any difficulty). A 'hat' for Avatars, made in the image of the helmet worn by the Rookie.
  • ODST Armor: Unlock Halo 3: ODST's Good Samaritan Achievement. A costume for Avatars which dresses them up in a recreation of the combat armor worn by Orbital Drop Shock Troopers in Halo 3: ODST.
  • Black ODST Shirt: Unlock Halo 3: ODST's Tourist Achievement.
  • ODST Hoodie: Unlock Halo 3: ODST's Dark Times Achievement.
  • Recon Helmet/Dare's Helmet: Unlock Halo 3: ODST's Vidmaster: Endure Achievement. Unlocks a 'hat' for Avatars, made in the image of the famous Recon helmet. Referred to as "Dare's helmet" when worn by female Avatars and as "Recon" for male Avatars.
  • EVA Helmet: Achieve Milestone level 50 in Halo Waypoint. Comes in red or blue color schemes.
  • Halo: Reach Beta Hoodie: Participated in the Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta. A green hooded sweatshirt for Avatars with "Reach Beta Tester" written on the front and the Noble Team emblem on one shoulder.
  • Halo 4 - RAIDER Helmet: Unlock all technical specs for the RAIDER Spartan-IV armor variant.
  • Halo 4 - Raider DSTT Helmet: Unlock all technical specs for the Raider DSTT Spartan-IV armor variant.

Unlockable Reach Armor[edit]

Players can also unlock seven armor pieces for Halo: Reach in a similar manner to the avatar awards. These pieces can only be viewed on the Xbox 360 version of Waypoint under the Halo: Reach Service Record. The following are unlockable in-game content:[9][10]

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn[edit]

Found in the main menu, "Forward Unto Dawn" is available to players who have either paid for access to Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn or purchased the Halo 4 Limited Edition. Players can view exclusive photo galleries and watch the complete film, bonus videos, and character interviews.

Halo 4 Intel[edit]

Players can obtain detailed information about Halo 4 in this guide. Information is organized in the following subheadings: Basics, Story, Enemies, War Games, Weapons, Vehicles, and Armor.

Trivia[edit]

  • In the Halo universe, Waypoint is a major news source and interstellar mail delivery system.[11] This is most likely a reference to Halo Waypoint being the official source of news on the Halo universe.
  • On Xbox 360, Waypoint is considered a game as this was the only option available when it was released (downloadable apps were not introduced until more than 2 years later). The "game" bears an ESRB rating of M for "Blood and Gore", "Language" and "Violence".

Gallery[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo Waypoint website
  2. ^ Certain Affinity: Halo Waypoint
  3. ^ Halo Waypoint: The Halo Bulletin 12.8.11
  4. ^ a b Halo Waypoint: The Halo Bulletin 2.26.14
  5. ^ Halo Waypoint: Halo Channel
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint: Welcome to the New Halo Waypoint
  7. ^ Halowars.com: Halo Waypoint Transition (Please Read)
  8. ^ Bungie.net: Bungie Weekly Update: 10.30.09
  9. ^ Ready Up Live: X'10 Canada - Halo: Reach Impressions
  10. ^ Gamestop: Bungie Weekly Update: 07.09.10
  11. ^ YouTube: Halo: From A to Z with Frank O'Connor

Note[edit]

  1. ^ List of "Bungie.net Medals" (Triple Double, Avenge Me, Bros to the End, Thank the Maker, Funkadelic, Party Animal, Love Machine, Steaktacular, Linktacular, H. Ryan Memorial, Seek and Destroy, Ennobled, Big Game Hunter, and Wildcat Destabilizer)

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