New Halo Game Announced...For Arcades

Screenshot of a shooter in the Halo game

Screenshot of a shooter in the Halo game

Brace yourselves for this one.

If you're a gamer, particularly an Xbox gamer, chances are you've at least heard of Halo.

Set in the timeframe of Halo: Combat Evolved, this new arcade experience hot-drops players feet first into the boots of Fireteam Raven - a group of elite Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODST) on the surface of Alpha Halo fighting alongside the Master Chief and the rest of the UNSC as they try desperately to prevent the alien Covenant alliance from taking control of the ancient superweapon-Halo. The game itself looks like an entry into the familiar lightgun genre that allows up to four players to pick up their peripheral weapons and do battle against a variety of foes from the Halo universe.

The screen for the game is a huge 130 inches big and it has been rendered in 4K. The game is also baked into the Halo Waypoint website, as you'll be able to scan a QR code and see results on the website. It's a daunting arcade cabinet that has reportedly taken quite some time to develop.

It was recently announced that Halo developer 343 Industries has teamed up with Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix to bring the world-famous franchise to arcades.

Eugene Jarvis, the CEO of Raw Thrills, states, "Halo: Fireteam Raven is without a doubt, the most spectacular arcade experience we've ever made", while 343 Industries' Head of Halo Transmedia, Kiki Wolfkill, says, "Arcade games are a wholly different challenge compared to console and PC gaming, and we've learned a tremendous amount as we worked with Raw Thrills to make this happen". "After years of development, it is now ready".

This project is entirely unexpected, but it is undoubtedly impressive.

The setup will debut this summer at Dave & Busters locations in the U.S. and Canada, and it links up to your Halo experience on other platforms via waypoint and a scannable QR code to track high scores online.

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