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Combat Deck

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Combat Deck

The Combat Deck is an Experience at Halo: Outpost Discovery.[1]


Experience the rush of playing Halo in “real life” with this Halo-themed laser tag Combat Deck. Danger is present around every corner, as attendees and their squadmates must use their cunning and coordination to win this fast-paced, team-based, pulse-pounding activity. Two teams of up to twenty go head-to-head for a chance to claim victory in the ultimate “Big Team Battle” experience![1]

Detailed overview[edit]

Instructor video[edit]

When attendees are waiting near the experience, a video plays going over the experience itself. Below is a transcript of the video.

The instructor video starts off by showing Sergeant Cruz introducing himself and giving a basic overview of the experience. Throughout the video the video several clips UNSC/ONI facilities are shown.

  • Sergeant Cruz: "Recruits! Attention! Welcome to the Combat Deck! I'm your drill instructor Sergeant Cruz, and today it is my responsibility to get you greenhorns battle-ready for a UNSC combat situation. In today's drill we will be executing one ofseveral classic 'Big Team Battle' protocols. Your objective as a team is to march onto the combat deck, engage the enemy, and complete your mission with graceful precision. The simulation will end when the time has expired and the team with the highest score wins the match. So, listen up, because I intend to make the losing team RUN A FULL SEVEN KLICKS!"

A off screen character mumbles

  • Sergeant Cruz: "What's that? Legal trouble!? Son-of-a... Gabriela, what else we got?"
  • Gabriela: "Recruits, before entering the Combat Simulator, you will be issued a targeting head set and a standard-issue UNSC Battle Rifle. It's important that you treat this gear with respect. This is valuable equipment."
  • Sergeant Cruz: "That's right! Consider yourselves lucky, recruits. When I joined the Corps, we didn't have these fancy-shmancy Battle Rifles and headsets. As an old Sergeant of mine put it, all we had were two sticks and a rock for the whole platoon. And we had to share the rock! So buck up! When you are issued your headset make sure to secure it properly on your head. If the headset should fall off your inflated domes onto my Combat Deck STOP IMMEDIATELY and re-secure it. Next, you will be issued your UNSC Battle Rifle. This service rifle is the life blood of the Corps. You WILL treat your Battle Rifle with respect. You will also treat your fellow recruits with respect. You will NOT intentionally point your rifle's targeting beam into someone's eyes! And lord help me if I catch you looking down the end of your own weapon's barrel! Your headset will signify when you are hit. It will signify, once again, when your sorry tail has been re-spawned and you can continue shooting. Always maintain awareness of your surroundings, watch your step, and be mindful of other recruits. Remember! This is still only a training exercise. I would hate to see a batch of trigger-happy recruits land themselves in the Med Bay... again! I don't think we can afford to waste the biofoam, so, pay attention, because this next part is DARN IMPORTANT! Per UNSC regulations, do not enter the Combat Deck if you suffer from head, neck, or back injuries. Do not enter if you are pregnant. Congratulations, by the way. Do not enter if you suffer from dizziness, if you suffer from cardiac issues, including high blood pressure, or if you experience seizures."
  • Gabriela: "Please alert one of the instructors nearby if you have any questions. Sergeant, anything else?"
  • Sergeant Cruz: "Why, yes, Gabriela ONE MORE THING! Recruits, for your own safety and for my own sanity... Do NOT run, climb, jump, or lay on the floor of my beautiful Combat Deck! Furthermore, there is no brawling, melee, or backstabbing assassinations ON MY COMBAT DECK! And, just for good measure, there is absolutely no rolling, dancing, or fancy parkour stunts on my beautiful, precious, worth-more-than-your-life Combat Deck! Failure to comply will result in your immediate expulsion from the simulation. IS THAT CLEAR!?"
  • Gabriela: "Crystal, Sergeant. I think they get the idea."
  • Sergeant Cruz: "That's what I like to hear. Recruits, My instructors will be issuing you your gear when you enter the Briefing Area They will also be reviewing how to properly use your equipment! It is vital information I pray they'll be able to get through your thick boneheaded skulls. Heed our wise words, folks! Our instructions will make you competent at the very least. More importantly, it will keep you safe! This is your chance to show us what you got! So, pull yourselves together and GET TACTICAL, RECRUITS! DISMISSED!"


The Combat Deck is a laser-tag experience where players are placed into a 10,000 square-foot play space that is similar to Halo 3's Foundry.[2]

Production notes[edit]

Board and background[edit]

Studio 41B created the set pieces that themed the whole experience at Outpost Discovery. They made the set pieces to help theme the experience.[3]