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Halo Infinite missions & features reportedly leaked in gameplay demo

Published: 26/Jul/2020 18:52

by Brent Koepp


Potential features for Halo Infinite leaked after a keen-eyed viewer discovered a screen accidentally shown in Microsoft’s gameplay demo. The open-world title looks to have side quests, missions, and more.

On July 24, Microsoft gave players their first in-depth look at Halo Infinite during the Xbox Series X digital conference. The game developed by 343 Studios was revealed to be open-world – a first for the series.

While there’s still many things we don’t know about the upcoming release, potential features were unintentionally leaked online on July 25 when a fan spotted a map image during the title’s gameplay demo.

halo infinite screenshot
Halo Infinite will feature a sprawling open-world map.

Halo Infinite made its gameplay debut during Microsoft’s July conference. The publisher uploaded an eight-minute video showcasing the title’s map in action, while also teasing the story. However, one fan discovered potential features accidentally shown during the demo.

Redditor ‘ChipDibbles‘ made the discovery on July 25, and posted it on the r/halo subreddit. The user uploaded a map screenshot and explained, “I noticed more icons on the map very briefly show up before fading away (the radar is still fading out.. it’s quick).”

According to the fan, the screen can quickly be seen at 3:02 during the map transition fade when played at 0.25 playback speed. There are new map icons that show up which you wouldn’t normally see by just watching the demo.

Haven’t seen anyone talking about this yet. I noticed more icons on the map very briefly show up before fading away (the radar is still fading out.. it’s quick). There seems to be (blue) friendly outposts? as well as different types of (red) enemy encounters? timestamp 3:02 watch at 0.25x speed from halo

The screenshot has kicked off speculation among the community that the title will feature bounties, rescue missions, and bases. At the top left of the map for instance, we see a red plus logo that is titled “Marine Rescue.” On the bottom, there is a name called Okro Vagaduun with a red target symbol which could possibly be a bounty hunt.

The image also shows blue symbol bases which players theorize will be friendly locations, VS the red symbol called Green Spire and The Tower which would be enemy bases. While nothing specifically states these are side quests, the different icons on the map seem to point towards Halo Infinite having features similar to Far Cry.

(Topic starts at 3:01 at 0.25 playback speed)

While this is purely speculation, Infinite has been described as being open-world. So having side quests, bases, and active missions isn’t too far fetched, as those are par the course for the genre.

However, the screen is still a hot topic for fans looking for any tidbit they can get on the upcoming FPS. It’s also interesting given that it doesn’t appear the icons were supposed to be seen during the demo.


Smash YouTubers claim Nintendo is copyright striking videos with mods

Published: 29/Nov/2020 4:42 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 6:01

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Nintendo has continued its war against the Super Smash Bros. community, reportedly issuing takedown notices to some of the game’s most popular modders on YouTube. 

Nintendo has always cracked down hard on its intellectual property. However, they’ve found themselves at odds against the Super Smash Bros. community more so than ever since they shut down The Big House’s online event

It started a movement that has seen professional players and community members rally their fans to fight, protest with charity tournaments, and host exhibition bouts to raise awareness.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped Nintendo from slowing down. If anything, they’ve cracked the whip even harder, reportedly turning their sights on Super Smash Bros. modders creating projects for fans on YouTube.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Takedown Mods
Super Ultimate is already incredibly fun, but modders have found ways to make it even better.

The first modder to report he’d been issued a takedown notice was a prominent one named Mastalko.

He created a Goku skin mod, which replaces Terry on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. “Guess my Goku video got ninjaed by Nintendo,” he said.

The screenshot clarifies that his video has been “locked and cannot be monetized” due to a claim from Nintendo.

However, that was only the beginning. Nintendo issued a takedown notice to another popular modder named 64iOS. It revolved around a video he posted on YouTube called ‘12 Super Mario Odyssey Skins in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! (Mods).’

“First time happening to my channel with Smash, I believe,” he said, above a screenshot of the actual takedown notice. Fortunately, it hasn’t impacted his account, but it’s still a move that has angered many fans.

However, the claims have been pulled into question by some members of the community. The “Nintendo Fans Complaining Against Nintendo” Twitter account has been following the complaints, stating the strikes might not be filed by Nintendo themselves because the company name doesn’t line up.

“The copyright claimer is always listed as ‘Nintendo’. You might think off the top of your head ‘yeah that would make sense they are Nintendo’, but this isn’t how Nintendo is known legally,” they said in a November 27 statement.

The members behind the account also told Dexerto that some other creators, like Mankalor, have had their videos re-instated through the appeals process once the claims were proven to be false.

“Part of the problem though lies with the fact that there was someone impersonating Nintendo handing out copyright claims, and that YouTube needs more transparency in their copyright process before people begin jumping the gun, especially with a completely reasonable movement going around trying to free a game from a real copyright issue,” they said.

The wider Nintendo community understands the takedown requests to an extent. However, some believe Nintendo’s antics are tone-deaf, especially considering how passionate and widespread the community is.

In the end, they’ve had to find ways to keep the community thriving after all these years with little to no support from Nintendo. So, they believe the company should work with them rather than against them.

November 28 update: This article has been updated with new statements from “Nintendo Fans Complaining About Nintendo” about the copyright strikes.