Halo Waypoint is to be the new central destination for Halo fans on Xbox Live, where everything from your 'Halo career' to debuting anime will be kept.
Waypoint will "aggregate everything" Halo related, but even then it's "a lot more ambitious than that" and it'll continue to "evolve in features and functionality" overtime. Anime shorts this fall.
"There's a lot more to Waypoint than just watching movies and listening to podcasts," Halo man Frank O'Connor of Microsoft's 343 Industries said at Comic-Con.
"Maybe you just want to see a really old Halo trailer from E3," explaining that fans shouldn't need to leave the console or Xbox Live to find this stuff. "We're going to aggregate everything that you would want to watch from the halo universe on that site. But it's a lot more ambitious than that. It's going to evolve in features and functionality to make it the prime destination for the Halo fan." Xbox Live Silver subscribers may need to pay, unlike Gold.
"Certainly, if you're a Gold member you're going to get access to all of that experience," O'Connor continued. "We want everyone to have this same experience, but the question is, if there's multiplayer features that are technically connected to Gold, it's easier to deal with."
Halo Waypoint will be the only place to give fans a chance to watch the Halo Legend anime shorts, which won't just become available on the Video Marketplace this fall. Instead they'll be classed as 'events' and have staggered air dates across all regions.
"Those events will be global—it will be in every Xbox territory—and we'll make those things sort of 'come participate' events," he noted, but you won't be needing to rush home to watch them apparently. "We'll find a window to make it fit and adjust that accordingly around the world," O'Connor added. The anime shorts will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital stores next year.
Will you be heading to Halo Waypoint, videogamer?
Microsoft: A lot more to Halo Waypoint "than just watching movies"
27 July 2009 | By Simon Priest