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Bungie Releases Reach Image That Suggests DLC Is Incoming

More points and achievements, you say? That sounds like DLC additions to us.

It appears as if Bungie is trying to tell us that the first bit of meaningful Halo: Reach additional content isn't too far from release. In the studio's latest weekly update post, Bungie embedded two images clearly showing Reach's Gamerscore lifted to 1250 from 1000 and its achievements upped to 59 from 49--both of which are boosts indicative of a big content drop. Seemingly nodding to the pictures beforehand, Bungie led them with an all-too suggestive mention of additional new "stuff" coming down the pipeline in a possible second October update.

The aforementioned images were dropped in a section of the post dedicated to explaining how to install Reach to the Xbox 360's hard drive, while the talk of new "stuff" was placed after a meaty listing of things Bungie plans to change, tweak, or add into Reach's matchmaking (example: a SWAT-exclusive playlist, finally). These aren't exactly the places where one would tease DLC or other additional bits of content for a game as popular as Halo: Reach--unless, of course, one was attempting to circumvent traditional marketing or something--so it's possible this was just accidental or means nothing for the time being.
 


As Joystiq notes, Halo 3 ended up with an extra 750 Gamerscore, so what looks to be coming to Reach isn't shouldn't exactly strike you as a surprise. It'll be interesting to see, though, if DLC (or perhaps a points-adding update) hits as quickly as it looks like it could for the game.
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Posted by BradNicholson

It appears as if Bungie is trying to tell us that the first bit of meaningful Halo: Reach additional content isn't too far from release. In the studio's latest weekly update post, Bungie embedded two images clearly showing Reach's Gamerscore lifted to 1250 from 1000 and its achievements upped to 59 from 49--both of which are boosts indicative of a big content drop. Seemingly nodding to the pictures beforehand, Bungie led them with an all-too suggestive mention of additional new "stuff" coming down the pipeline in a possible second October update.

The aforementioned images were dropped in a section of the post dedicated to explaining how to install Reach to the Xbox 360's hard drive, while the talk of new "stuff" was placed after a meaty listing of things Bungie plans to change, tweak, or add into Reach's matchmaking (example: a SWAT-exclusive playlist, finally). These aren't exactly the places where one would tease DLC or other additional bits of content for a game as popular as Halo: Reach--unless, of course, one was attempting to circumvent traditional marketing or something--so it's possible this was just accidental or means nothing for the time being.
 


As Joystiq notes, Halo 3 ended up with an extra 750 Gamerscore, so what looks to be coming to Reach isn't shouldn't exactly strike you as a surprise. It'll be interesting to see, though, if DLC (or perhaps a points-adding update) hits as quickly as it looks like it could for the game.
Posted by fwylo

Posted by DarkHeroZark

cool.

Posted by CptChiken

I hope its not a cop out.

Posted by Althox

sweet

Posted by SeverelyBeardy

I was surprised that the majority of the achievements were very easy to get. I suppose this will let them 'fan-out' in to the hard-rediculous spectrum. 
 
Music to my ears!

Posted by Mystyr_E

all I need now is Lt Colonel but damn, 240 000 credits? eff that noise. So close to S rank and now can't get it. Sadface.

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Posted by Forceman4077

Hmm...isn't there a rather large game coming out in a little more than a month from now? Be a great opportunity  to do a little counter programing. Just saying. 

Posted by wefwefasdf

DLC for Reach? Would would've thought! :D

Posted by WinterSnowblind

They directly said in their update that they'd be raising the level cap (for free, obviously) and it's pretty clear that these achievements will be tied to the higher ranks.

Posted by kahi

I still need to finish campaign damn you multiplayer

Posted by decko5

i hope it's not multiplayer maps. -__- 

Posted by GullumF

Still need to finish the   campaign and some firefight also.

Posted by bhhawks78

Why does anyone like swat in halo?  That would be like playing Street fighter with only throws and projectiles.  Or only choosing special teams plays in Madden.

Posted by Babylonian
@decko5
i hope it's not multiplayer maps. -__- 
I hope it's at least multiplayer maps.
Posted by killer_meatballs
@Forceman4077 said:
" Hmm...isn't there a rather large game coming out in a little more than a month from now? Be a great opportunity  to do a little counter programing. Just saying.  "
LOL
Posted by WiqidBritt
@Mystyr_E said:
"all I need now is Lt Colonel but damn, 240 000 credits? eff that noise. So close to S rank and now can't get it. Sadface. "

I'm in the same boat as you, pretty much... so close to S ranking the game and they're gonna keep moving the finish line before I get to it
Posted by natetodamax
@WinterSnowblind said:
" They directly said in their update that they'd be raising the level cap (for free, obviously) and it's pretty clear that these achievements will be tied to the higher ranks. "
I'm pretty sure Microsoft doesn't allow developers to add achievements for free, although I could be wrong. That was the reason why the L4D1 downloadable content "Crash Course" was 240 MS points.
Posted by decko5
@Babylonian: it would divide a community that is just getting started (if it's free which i doubt) AND if it's single player content i would be more likely to play it now than in months from now. 
Posted by DrBlacktavious
@bhhawks78 said:
" Why does anyone like swat in halo?  That would be like playing Street fighter with only throws and projectiles.  Or only choosing special teams plays in Madden. "
It's a fun 'once in a while' game mode. Problem is right now it shows up every damn time in team slayer.
Posted by 234r2we232

No doubt, it will be three (rehashed) maps for 10 of your US dollars. Bungie getting their practice in before joining Activision.

Posted by krazy_kyle

DLC OMG!
Posted by MjHealy

Halo Reach DLC!? Get right outta town...

Posted by Jolt92

Halo 3 maps, please. Most of these new ones suuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

Posted by Tesla

This is cool as long as it's free to people who bought it new.

Posted by TorMasturba

Yay! New achievements for a multi-player mode that I never really play without cringing because my friends ask me to play when I don't FUCKING want to! 
 
Ah well, I guess this's good for the guys and girls that this matters too...

Posted by Hitchenson

Literally just got 1000G from this, another 250G to go for would be sweet.

Posted by msdss

Sweet, I can't wait to play this mediocre game again.

Posted by lordofultima
@natetodamax said:
" @WinterSnowblind said:
" They directly said in their update that they'd be raising the level cap (for free, obviously) and it's pretty clear that these achievements will be tied to the higher ranks. "
I'm pretty sure Microsoft doesn't allow developers to add achievements for free, although I could be wrong. That was the reason why the L4D1 downloadable content "Crash Course" was 240 MS points. "
You don't remember Halo 3 having 1700+ achievement points? All of which you got had nothing to do with the DLC?
Posted by Jackel2072
@lordofultima said:
" @natetodamax said:
" @WinterSnowblind said:
" They directly said in their update that they'd be raising the level cap (for free, obviously) and it's pretty clear that these achievements will be tied to the higher ranks. "
I'm pretty sure Microsoft doesn't allow developers to add achievements for free, although I could be wrong. That was the reason why the L4D1 downloadable content "Crash Course" was 240 MS points. "
You don't remember Halo 3 having 1700+ achievement points? All of which you got had nothing to do with the DLC? "
all the added points from Halo 3 came with the DLC. like kill XXX amount of people on the mythic map pack and so on. 
Posted by Jack_Daniels

I LOVE SWATTTTTT!!!!! Woot, even if your team sucks you can dominate. No back up needed as long as you make the shot!

Posted by Vigorousjammer
@Forceman4077 said:
" Hmm...isn't there a rather large game coming out in a little more than a month from now? Be a great opportunity  to do a little counter programing. Just saying.  "
huh? what game? I just looked on my calender, there's nothing there.
Posted by onyxghost

Damn it! Only three achievements from S rank! This is gonna prolong my Reach S rank, mothereffeer!

Posted by Warchief

./happydance

Posted by Mrnitropb
@Vigorousjammer said:
" @Forceman4077 said:
" Hmm...isn't there a rather large game coming out in a little more than a month from now? Be a great opportunity  to do a little counter programing. Just saying.  "
huh? what game? I just looked on my calender, there's nothing there. "
Little over a month means November which means its time to answers this years Call.
Posted by flufflogic

Going by previous form, 2 new, 1 old map. I'm fine with that. Add a Firefight map too, and I'm even happier.

Posted by natetodamax
@lordofultima said:
" @natetodamax said:
" @WinterSnowblind said:
" They directly said in their update that they'd be raising the level cap (for free, obviously) and it's pretty clear that these achievements will be tied to the higher ranks. "
I'm pretty sure Microsoft doesn't allow developers to add achievements for free, although I could be wrong. That was the reason why the L4D1 downloadable content "Crash Course" was 240 MS points. "
You don't remember Halo 3 having 1700+ achievement points? All of which you got had nothing to do with the DLC? "
lol? All of the extra achievements I remember seeing where related to DLC
Posted by Vinny_Says

you should maybe give props to the dude who started this thread a week ago, with that picture....

Posted by krystians

I hope it's all maps and modes. I don't need the story being tempered with. SWAT mode is the best.

Posted by Babylonian
@decko5
@Babylonian: it would divide a community that is just getting started (if it's free which i doubt) AND if it's single player content i would be more likely to play it now than in months from now. 
The Halo community is big enough that it can successfully endure spitting the MP userbase with a map pack. They've done it in every game since Halo 2 and it's never caused any sort of crisis.

I dunno, I'm also just biased because I haven't enjoyed a single-player Halo campaign since the first one.
Posted by UberExplodey

sabre fights? prease?

Posted by sniperound

Saw that. I guarantee you that was deliberate 

Edited by MaddProdigy

Sweet? Cool? What the fuck is this? I knew when I started playing the game and they had those 5 cheap ass "forge world" maps that Microsoft was having them hold all the good shit back, but Achievement and Map DLC less than a month after the games release? I'm an extreme Halo fan but I swear to god if they charge money for it I'm never playing the game again. Charge me 70 or 80 dollars up front for the fucking game and give me ALL OF THE CONTENT YOU GREEDY MICROSOFT DOUCHEBAGS. It's not like in the past 10 days they just made all this shit. When the hell did DLC this early become a normal thing? Fuck that. WTF NERD RAGEE.
 
@bhhawks78: Except not man. What do you lose, grenades and shields? Oh the game is so different. Any feature or mode built into a game is automatically part of the game, how could it be otherwise? Am I to understand you think it's some separate game, Halo:Swat? It's a ridiculously fun mode, I guess mainly because it's far more fast paced than average gameplay. You don't worry about getting double or triple teamed because even then it's a fair fight, all reflexes. You don't worry about random grenade spams because hey, no grenades. I'd say the fact that it get's picked 100% of the time when it's an option means there's something equally as fun about the mode as "normal" slayer. But I'm just guessing, I like it cause I'm really good at it :P

Posted by McDunkin

I would really like to see some more invasion maps because there are only so many times I want to play Spire.

Posted by Redbullet685

I can't wait.

Posted by Videogames

Guitar support.

Posted by Theguest79

nice.

Posted by GlitchNDaSystem

This would be neat. i just hope Bungie doesnt kindle me into a conflagration by charging 15 bucks just for potentially maps.
Posted by Incryptic

I hope they release FREE* maps, lol. Like that's going to happen. 

Posted by DugHerb

I truly believe that if it was up to Bungie, they'd give away content. Microsoft however, has made it very clear they are ready to nickle and dime us for everything Halo. The recent statement declaring that a 3 year wait between Halo titles is much too long, is a prime example of what they have in store for the franchise. Enjoy REACH, as it was made to last us for years to come :) 

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