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Have Fans Found Evidence of the Flood’s Return in Halo 5?

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Will the Flood return in Halo 5?

New images discovered during the Hunt the Signal ARG contest are suggesting that the Flood will make a return in Halo 5: Guardians

Long time Halo fans and those who have jumped into the series story with the Master Chief Collection will cringe at the mention of the Flood. A horrific parasite that infects any sentient creature it can find turning them into awful monsters. They were the Halo series most terrifying enemies, especially during a Legendary playthrough (remember the Library?). They haven’t been seen in Halo’s main storyline since Halo 3; now players have found evidence that suggests the flood is returning in Halo 5.

343 Industries recently kicked off an ARG competition called Hunt the Signal, where fans work through a long series of puzzles for a chance to have their likeness in Halo 5. This week Hunt the Signal competitors have stumbled onto a set of images that has hardcore Halo lore fans captivated. They’re four gifs of strange looking cells, the first one even growing spikes all across its surface and the rest appearing to breath. The final image shows a strand of DNA that is has been broken apart in some areas to be recombined into something new.

Will the Flood return in Halo 5?

Halo forums have started buzzing about what these images could mean with two theories leading the pack. The first is that the images are a hint from 343 that the Flood are returning in Halo 5 to create all new terrifying levels like the ones from Halo’s past. Another group of fans believe that the images are actually of the virus see in the live action series Halo Nightfall. (Spoilers) The virus came from a piece of the Halo ring that was destroyed in Halo CE that specifically killed humans. Except that piece of the Halo ring was destroyed at the end of Nightfall. (End Spoilers)

If either one of those theories turns out to be true, it would raise Halo lore fans excitement for Halo 5 to insane new heights. Even players who are not deeply invested in the series story would probably be excited to see the Flood return in Halo 5. 343 has promised that Halo 5 and the rest of the Reclaimer Trilogy would have darker storylines than past games. The Flood would be the perfect mechanic to bring a darker more ominous tone to the series. Creating new levels similar to the Library from Halo CE are just what Dr. Halsey ordered.

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Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years

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Activision has recently announced the establishment of a new studio, Elsewhere Entertainment, located in Warsaw. The studio has been entrusted with the exciting challenge of creating a groundbreaking AAA franchise that will captivate players with its immersive storytelling and innovative gameplay. A significant number of employees were let go by the large corporation after the completion of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard King earlier this year.

According to IGN, Activision made the announcement in a blog post, sharing that the team will be based in Poland with additional resources in the US. The studio has assembled a team of highly skilled individuals who have worked on acclaimed titles such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, The Witcher, Destiny, Far Cry, and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Activision’s response to IGN’s request for a studio logo or official artwork was rather unconventional. Instead of providing the requested materials, they sent over the Cambridge University dictionary definition of the word “elsewhere.”. However, with a discerning eye, one may catch a glimpse of something lurking in the background. The publication acknowledges that, whatever it may be, it has no connection to Call of Duty. Elsewhere Entertainment has been granted full access to Activision’s extensive resources and cutting-edge tools, enabling them to further enhance their production and development capabilities. We may have to wait a while before we find out what they have in store for us.

Curious about Activision’s latest venture, Elsewhere Entertainment? Opening a new studio after numerous layoffs—is it a tasteless move or simply another harsh reality of the video game industry? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser is currently working on the development of an exciting new ‘Open World Action-Adventure’ game

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Last year, we reported that Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser had launched a new studio called Absurd Ventures, with the aim of developing original IP for all platforms and formats. The new outfit has recently started development on a game that boasts top-notch combat and third-person action in a variety of game modes.

This information is available, as Eurogamer discovered, from a recent job listing on the developer’s website. The company is looking for more people to join their team and contribute to an “open-world action-adventure game.”. According to Eurogamer, it seems that the project they are working on is still in its early stages. They are currently in the process of hiring for important positions like lead designer, lead gameplay designer, art director, and technical director.

Absurd Venture is dedicated to crafting immersive narrative experiences across a wide range of mediums, such as games, animation, books, graphic novels, live-action, and scripted podcasts. Their mission is to create captivating worlds, compelling characters, and engaging stories that span diverse genres. The former vice president of writing at Rockstar, who co-wrote both Red Dead Redemption games, has recently joined the studio. Additionally, Lazlow Jones, a former writer and producer at Rockstar, has also come on board.

Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the physical version, requires an online connection for installation

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Players who choose to go with a physical copy of the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Shadows will need an Internet connection in order to finish the installation. This is unlikely to pose a problem for most Ubisoft fans, but it does align with a trend that is worth mentioning. It follows a requirement that was initially introduced in 2023’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and will also be the case with the upcoming Star Wars Outlaws.

As reported by VGC, pre-orders for the game are now available, and a notice on the front box art at retailers such as Best Buy and GameStop states: “Internet connection is necessary for game installation.” For Avatar, players had to install a day-one patch before being able to start the game. However, both Shadows and Outlaws come with a warning prominently displayed on the front of the box.

The lack of a clear explanation for this requirement raises concerns about the long-term preservation of the game, particularly if the servers are eventually shut down. In December, Ubisoft made the decision to delist the original The Crew, effectively ending its run. This unfortunate event may not be the last time we see a game meet a similar fate.

What are your thoughts on Ubisoft’s requirement of an online connection for the installation of its flagship games? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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