After the Awesomness of Halo 4 that 343i unloaded over us at E3 with what we can look forward to in the Reclaimer Trilogy, it seems that the new enemies, the Promethians are not the only surprise you will encounter at E3. For those of you lucky enough to go to the expo, if you head on over to the boothes to play a bit of Halo 4 you may well be given a code for some new look Halo armour for your Xbox Avatar.
Here at Inside View Gaming we can bring you a sneak peak at the possible pre-order bonus for Halo 4, although not yet confirmed and much like Halofest’s exclusive Cortana avatar prop, we are pretty sure here at IVG that it will end up in the Xbox Avatar Marketplace at some point after the release.
This year at pax 2011 we had halofest, the celebration of the halo franchise’s 10 year anniversary, and what a celebration it was!
Now I know if you’re reading this you may be slightly halo obsessed, just like I am. So when it was revealed that at Halofest Microsoft would be giving away LIVE redeemable codes for an avatar Cortana chip prop, which when the prop was selected a beautifully crafted Cortana appeared standing on the chip as she does in previous Halo titles. Many websites branded this item a rare Pax/Halofest exclusive a piece of Halo History. Codes were given to people within the industry, to game developers, game websites and those of you who could make it to Pax.
I unfortunately was not one of these lucky people to get to go so anything swag wise let alone exclusive was well out of my reach. Soon the gamers and Halo obsessive’s who couldn’t make it found out about the swag via the articles and posts from friends and websites who did make it to halo fest and the competitions started…many redeemable for the halo energy sword prop that was already on the market place but very few Cortana codes floating around which made the item that much more of a must have exclusive, to be one of the owners the people were going mad for that little blue minx.
They appeared on EBay for astronomical prices, and who wouldn’t pay to have a part of a bit of Halofest rare history that they could show off to gamers over the world to at least say either “I was there and got one” or “this came from there and I won it in a competition”.
I myself won my own Cortana Chip from @TheBerryTastic from Xboxer360.com. I was so thrilled when I won as I wasn’t originally going to enter (because I never win) and that code came through to my Twitter the next morning when I awoke. As a gamer and a self proclaimed collector of any sort of swag possible, especially to be part of some Rare Halo history, I was bouncing off the wall for days after.
Now less than a month from Halofest Microsoft has decided to put the Cortana chip onto the marketplace for 240MSP under the Halo section. Okay fair enough bring it out to others but could you not have tweaked it slightly so those that went to PAX/Halofest or won their codes could differentiate between rare Halofest models and those off the marketplace.
Im sure that all those that are Halofest Cortana Chip owners were pretty outraged after finding out this news, I know I was! It just seems that nothing is exclusive anymore.
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