7th Columnist


Bungie Q&A: Standoff
November 19, 2007, 11:43 pm
Filed under: Downloads, Forge, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

Bungie’s Christopher Barrett, (AKA Barry) the creative director of Downloadable Content and Steve Cotton, the DLC design have sat down to answer a bunch of questions about the new multiplayer maps announced today, in order to give us a better idea of what they’re actually like, starting with Standoff.

Q: For reasons that should become obvious now, Frankie referred to Standoff as Jodrell Bank. What inspired the creation of this outdoor playground?

Christopher Barrett:
Standoff, or Bunkerworld as it’s known internally was one of the maps we had originally planned as one of the Halo 3 release multiplayer maps. Because of time we ended up postponing it until DLC, and here it is!

Steve Cotton:
We wanted a small, outdoor, vehicle map. It started out simple enough. 2 relatively small bases seperated by a landscape of hills and rocks. Good visibility and quick access to the Warthog parked right out front. And a turret on top for defensive types. After that, the rest just built itself. Actually, Justin [Hayward] built it. That guy is good.

Christopher Barrett:
Obvious? I still have no idea why Frankie keeps talking about his bank all the time.

Q: Give us a general description of the map’s spaces since we’re not showing too much right now, what’s the overview of Standoff?

Christopher Barrett:
There’s two opposing bases and some rocks and a tree and a road and some giant missile silos and enormous satellite dishes.

Steve Cotton:
Oh, and a lot of transportation and firepower.

Christopher Barrett:
Imagine Blood Gulch, except squished together, with 4000 foot satellite dishes.

Q: What sort of revisions and iterations changed from early-period Standoff to the version of the map that folks will be playing in December?

Christopher Barrett:
The original version only had the two front doors into the base. We eventually added two side routes into the base one of which is opened via a switch inside like Zanzibar/Last Resort.

Originally the sun was at or around high noon, about a month ago we lowered the sun towards the horizon giving the map a very moody sunset feel which really adds to its atmosphere. We weren’t satisfied with two ways into the bunker so we added a third entry.

Q: How many players can Standoff comfortably accommodate?

Christopher Barrett:
Surprisingly it works for almost any number of players pretty well, but 4 vs 4 feels about right.

Steve Cotton:
2v2 Multi-flag is actually very cool. So is 8v8. I think it pretty much covers the spectrum. It’s just a very fun team objective map no matter how big the teams are.

Christopher Barrett: I was very comfortable playing a one player game on Standoff but it wasn’t a whole lot of fun. At least I didn’t die as much as usual.

Q: What are some of your favorite gametypes to play on Standoff?

Christopher Barrett:
Multi Flag CTF

Steve Cotton:
Kill Barry.

Christopher Barrett:
I found out your teammates love it when you yell out “I CAN’T FIND THE FLAG” during team slayer games.

Q: What kind of items will populate Standoff’s Forge palette?

Christopher Barrett:
Apart from the standard crates and barricades we’ve created some new placeable mancannons, shield doors, and a very special secret object.

Steve Cotton:
You can add a Wraith as well. In addition to the mancannons of course.

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24 Comments so far
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w00t! I love this map already.

Comment by D-thunda

I wonder what the very special secret object is?

Comment by 7th Columnist

the mind boggles. Now you made me really curious 7! :)

Comment by D-thunda

… probably a plasma pistol!? that would be very secret and special!

Comment by maccie05

… probably a plasma pistol!? that would be very secret and special!

Comment by maccie05

… probably a plasma pistol!? that would be very secret and special!

Comment by maccie05

possibly a VERY SPECIAL SECRET plasma pistol or something?! that would be sexy.

Comment by maccie05

lolz sorryy…. or a katana

Comment by maccie05

that there’s a lot of posts. i bet your p.c. didn’t load the page so you kept clicking ‘say it!’

It happens, mac. it happens…

Comment by D-thunda

im so so so sorry! please dont have me “offed” 7th! :(

Comment by maccie05

Maybe it is a transport hog from campaign, or a pelican!

Comment by Oogaly

Original Halo pistol?

Comment by 7th Columnist

well, my best guess would be a shade turret.

Comment by D-thunda

I hope the sattelites can kill players outside the map.
And I think the secret item is a sunlight option.

Didnt Bungie talk about having the sunlight in your time zone affect the sunlight in Campaign?

Comment by DEL360X

I just hope Bungie doesn’t screw us over again with a “secret” like they did with the isolation “super awesome insane secret thing”

Comment by Marathon Man

I was thinking the same thing, they do have a tendency to make something sound a little more special than it actually is at times. I guess time will tell.

Comment by 7th Columnist

what was on Isolation?

Comment by DEL360X

i hope that it will actually be something cool that peole would use . . . instead of soemthing stupid that no one would ever like

Comment by ryan

thinking back to halo 2 there was a cheat that you could get the scarab gun on the 3rd level i think. maybe thats the special object =)

Comment by dylan

do you guys think that when the maps come out and you save it to your file share that other people would be able to dowbload it for free?… also the same idea for srceenshots and videos

Comment by ryan

also i had just recently read that there are definately 2 easter eggs on Standoff

Comment by ryan

The Isolation secret could be three things I know of,the duck (picture) in the cave, getting out the map, or the fact the top’s ground texture changes from looking grassy, to grassy with flood spores scattered about. My guess for the Standoff item is somethins like a cool new human melee weapon, like the machete they considered for Pre-Xbox Halo. That’d be sweet!

Comment by Vanusk

what gives! Bungie said there was going to be a super-cool forge item on Standoff and i didn’t see anything special

Comment by ryan

Theres just a friggin guy on a sattelite dish!

Comment by Ninja




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