From the perspective of this gamer, the news coming from Bungie Studios this week is the most important update since Halo 3’s launch. Every citizen in the Halo Nation has been given a new lease, and a warning from the landlord.
All these worlds are yours, except Europa
Sorry… Wrong warning. Wrong landlord. Here is the excerpt in question from the Bungie Blog:
Ranked Big Team will be worth double EXP for the month of June. All restrictions are being removed. If Ranked Big Team does not perform well this month, it may be retired in July.
For those of us who love a solid, challenging 8v8 match, we have one month. The clock is ticking, effective immediately. The maker is watching, data mining, and keeping score. The fate of Big Team Battle hangs in the balance.
This gamer prefers an explosive battle between two teams of 8 gamers more than anything else afforded by the Halo Experience. No other combat scenario, no other playlist, can match the excitement and chaos of 16 gamers clashing on a battlefield like Valhalla or Rat’s Nest.
Big Team Battles are won by teamwork. The fog of war obscures the sniper who can carry his three friends to victory in a match of Team Slayer. The mechanized infantry can joined the fray. We have some room to stretch our legs and roll the machines of war. Every gamer has the chance to shine in the soft glow of heroism, and in our own way.
The question then becomes, who is with me?
Up until now, the prospects of matching up two teams worthy of a big battle have been slim. Finding the perfectly balanced match just took too long. A series of intruiging EXP weekends lured less patient gamers away from the RBTB playlist. The remaining several thousand of us were left with rank restrictions that kept us apart – when all we wanted to do was blow each other up.
The safeties have been removed. The fight is about to get tough, and loud. The TTL Gunslingers are ripe to come out of hiding in BTB Social, to play the gametype for which we were built. Strikers, Guards, Pilots, and Snipers are set to play their role – interchangeable parts in the same good game war machine.
And – months of steamrolling poorly-matched teams of houseguests and clanless warriors have made us soft. That’s right. Playing against a team laced with quitters, private chatters, total strangers, and lily-white noobs has taken away our edge.
You want a piece of us? Now is your chance! We will be playing in Ranked Big Team all this month. The combined weight of our active roster will be thrown at our last best chance for a competitive playlist on a grander scale.
Warthog teams will be assembled. Defensive lines will be fortified. Blitzes will be called out and executed. Snipers will… Well, the snipers will do what they always do. They don’t take orders. Get us in your crosshairs and take us down.
Clan Challenges at TTL are suspended until further notice. The new Ranked Big Team playlist promises to deliver that which has been lacking from Halo 3. We aim to go and see that it is well-played.
Jump into the game. We will be there, insuring that it is good.