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Halo Wars 2 Awakening The Nightmare Soundtrack released!

Halo Wars 2 Awakening The Nightmare Soundtrack released!

Halo Wars 2 Awakening The Nightmare Soundtrack released!

HW2: Awakening The Nightmare Soundtrack Cover

HW2: Awakening The Nightmare Soundtrack Cover

Accompanying the new DLC to Halo Wars 2 (Which you should really play) is a brand new expansion to the soundtrack as well. Composer Gordy Haab returns to make more music together with Brian Triffon and Brian Lee White from Finishing Move Inc.



Do Not Disturb – 1:12

Tread Softly – 1:41

Mindfulness – 2:34

Diseased Darkness – 0:55

Fevered Dread – 4:08

No Retreat – 2:22

No Surrender – 3:11

That Old Life – 2:18

Blood Oath – 2:16

Corroded – 2:55

Ossified – 4:30

Uncharitable – 3:06

The music released Sep 26th and is available in digitally format only in stores like Amazon, iTunes and Sumthing.com


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Halo Wars 2 Vinyl Soundtrack Release!

Halo Wars 2 Vinyl Soundtrack Release!

Halo Wars 2 Vinyl Soundtrack Release!

Sumthing Else Music Works Announced Halo Wars 2 Vinyl !

Following the official press release

New York (September 18, 2017) – Today, Sumthing Else Music Works, the award-winning record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, announced that the “Halo Wars 2 Original Soundtrack” will be released as a limited edition red marbled double LP on September 22 (pre-order here).

The deluxe gatefold package features new artwork for the vinyl release and includes a free digital download card. Also announced today, the soundtrack to the game’s expansion “Halo Wars 2: Awakening The Nightmare” will be released via Sumthing Else Music Works on digital and streaming platforms on September 26.

Featuring the original scores by composing team Gordy Haab, Brian Trifon and Brian Lee White, the soundtracks for Halo Wars 2 build on the legendary legacy of Halo music by Martin O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori and other great composers.

Developed by 343 Industries and Creative Assembly and published by Microsoft Studios, “Halo Wars 2” is an action-packed RTS for everyone on the biggest Halo battlefield ever, and is the long-awaited sequel to the best-selling console real-time strategy (RTS) of all time, “Halo Wars.” In “Halo Wars 2,” players lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions, and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy, The Banished.

“Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare” is a brand-new full expansion coming to Halo Wars 2, featuring a new campaign, two new multiplayer leaders, two new multiplayer maps, and Terminus Firefight – a unique new cooperative mode where players build both bases and armies to defend and survive against an onslaught of enemy forces. “Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare” will be available September 26 exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

For more information on “Halo Wars 2,” visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/halo-wars-2

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com, like us at Facebook.com/SumthingElseMusicWorks and follow us on Twitter @SumthingDigital.

Red Marble Vinyl

Beautiful, Beautiful Vinyl

Following the tradition of Vinyl releases since Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary ( Honestly I was getting nervous it wouldn’t come anymore) Halo Wars will now get it’s own vinyl. This will be the 5th soundtrack available on vinyl with Halo CEA, 4, 2A and 5 already having theirs.

According to the product details it’s a Limited edition. However it does not specify the number of copies it’s limited to. CEA was limited to 2000 If memory serves me right and Halo 4 had a limitation of 5000 signed copies (while the supply kept going but without a sig from Neil Davidge). Halo 5 has a Limited clear vinyl edition limited to a 1000 copies and only available in the US being sold by Hastings (who is unfortunately out of business now)

Unlike Halo 5 and 2 Anniversary and more like Halo 4 and CEA The Halo Wars Vinyl is colored in Atriox red and has majestic concept art from the game.

Halo Wars 2 "Spirit of Fire" Concept Art

Halo Wars 2 “Spirit of Fire” Concept Art




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About Sumthing Else Music Works: 
Since its creation in the late 1990s by the world-renowned songwriter, musician and record producer, Nile Rodgers, Sumthing Else Music Works has become the acknowledged industry leader in licensing and distributing video game soundtracks. Possessing full in-house services worldwide, from retail marketing and sales through physical and digital distribution, Sumthing is partnered with the world’s leading video
game developers and publishers including BioWare, Bungie, Capcom, Crystal Dynamics, Crytek, Deep Silver, Double Fine, Eidos-Montreal, Epic Games, Gearbox Software, Konami, Microsoft, Sega, Sony, Square-Enix and Ubisoft. Their catalog of titles includes the best-selling video game soundtrack of all time, Halo 2: Volume One, as well as many award-winning and critically acclaimed titles including: ARK: Survival Evolved, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Eagle Flight, Gears of War 4, Assassin’s Creed series, WildStar, TRON RUN/r, Far Cry Primal, The Division, Grim Fandango, Broken Age, Bloodborne, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Fantasia: Music Evolved, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Infamous: Second Son, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Dead Rising 3, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Company of Heroes 2, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Dragon’s Dogma, Jet Set Radio, Journey, Borderlands 2, Darksiders II, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Gears of War 3, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Alan Wake, Halo: Reach, Fable III, God of War III, Uncharted 2, Halo 3: ODST, Dark Void, Borderlands, InFamous, Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter IV, Halo Wars, Halo Trilogy, Gears of War 2, Fable II, Crysis, Advent Rising, Fable, Gears of War, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Volume Two, Halo 3, Hitman: Blood Money, Hitman: Contracts, Jade Empire, Kameo: Elements of Power, Mass Effect, Red Steel, Freedom Fighters and many others. Sumthing Else Music Works and Sumthing Distribution logos are copyright of their respective companies. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
About the Halo Franchise: 
Exclusively published by Microsoft Studios and developed by 343 Industries, the Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties, more than $5 billion in worldwide sales to date, that has transcended video games and grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original “Halo: Combat Evolved” (2001) to the record-breaking launch of “Halo 5: Guardians” (2015), the critically acclaimed and record-shattering series of games has reinvented how people think about video games and has since built a fan base of millions worldwide and inspired multiple New York Times best-selling novels, a live-action digital series, comic books, action figures, apparel and more.
Exclusively published by Microsoft Studios, the Halo franchise of games have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide, driving nearly more than 6 billion hours of gameplay by fans connected to Xbox Live.
About 343 Industries: 
343 Industries is the developer of the blockbuster “Halo” series of video games and, as part of Microsoft Studios, oversees the “Halo” franchise, including games, original programming, novels, comics, licensed collectibles, apparel and more. The studio most recently launched “Halo 5: Guardians” in 2015 and is currently developing “Halo Wars 2” for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, while continuing to transform entertainment experiences across the “Halo” universe with groundbreaking projects, such as the upcoming Steven Spielberg produced television series.
About Creative Assembly: 
Founded in 1987 and based in Horsham, West Sussex, Creative Assembly is one of the UK’s most successful and established game studios. Creator of the multi award-winning Total War strategy series, the studio has received numerous press, industry and consumer accolades, including BAFTA and the Develop Industry Excellence awards. With over 400 highly talented developers and counting, the studio is still expanding with new triple-A console, PC and mobile projects. Creative Assembly’s website is located at www.creative-assembly.com
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What to Expect at E3 2015

What to Expect at E3 2015

Here we are everyone…the moment everyone has been waiting for this year: E3 2015 which will be streamed here on our site.

It’s hard to believe June is already upon us this year, almost as crazy to think Halo 4 came out almost 3 years ago. But I digress, let’s move onto what to expect at the year’s most important video game event. We shall go by topics: “Shoo-ins”, “We have to see this…right?”, and “So crazy it just might happen.”

The Shoo-In



Halo 5 Guardians

Alright, so this was not a hard guess. It does however remain to be seen what exactly we will see from Halo 5 Guardians. A campaign trailer? Gameplay? More live action? People will be excitedly waiting to see what 343i has in store for us and it promises to be big. Xbox head Phil Spencer recently said the following about what 343i has planned at this year’s E3 showing:

For anyone that has been living under a rock, catch up on the Hunt the Truth series before going into E3 blind since there have already been a few spoilers spilled for the story of Halo 5 Guardians and more specifically the Master Chief.

Below are both live action trailers released earlier this year in March:

We Have To See This…Right?


Halo: The Television Series

You remember don’t you? No not Halo: Nightfall…this one:

So we know that Steven Spielberg is somehow involved in making a Halo TV series, and that’s pretty much it. A year later this article came out with Bonnie Ross stating:

And 2015 won’t simply be the year of “Halo 5: Guardians,” it will also be a year that offers us a unique opportunity. The opportunity to invite old friends and new audiences into that universe through the “Halo” television series, launched as a unique collaboration with Steven Spielberg and some of the finest creative minds in the business.  A series that will stand alone, as well as complement and enrich the game experience.  We’ll have more to share on the “Halo” television series as we near its projected fall 2015 release.

Logic would dictate that June 2015 is close to fall 2015, so that should mean we see something during E3 2015. Hopefully that something is at least a teaser trailer, something that would show more promise than Halo: Nightfall turned out to be. Phil Spencer did say the show will not be “filler” and we know that it plans on having connections to both Nightfall and Halo 5 Guardians.

On June 8th over at the NeoGAF forums we also receieved this little hint from none other than Frank O’Connor himself:


So Crazy It Just Might Happen


Halo Wars 2

I know I know…for those of you that have been with the Archive for a long time you may remember this pick for last year’s E3…only to be proven dead wrong.

Here’s the difference this time around: there is no pending giant Master Chief release aside from the main show, that being Halo 5 Guardians. We KNOW 343i and Microsoft want to do a Halo Wars 2 and if you are not sure why I suggest reading this post.

A few key points to the article are:

  1. Phil Spencer talks extensively how he liked Halo Wars 2 and how Bonnie has spoken with him about it.
  2. 343i recently brought back the UNSC Spirit of Fire in the Halo Escalations Comics.
  3. The Phantom Dust trailer had a promotional poster for Halo Wars in the background. (At 1:04)

So only time will tell, and at this point if we are wrong we may just start doing it as tradition every year until it turns up to say, “I TOLD YOU SO!”



Halo by Telltale Games?

In case you are reading this for the first time thinking  we are idiots, take a look at this article. Even after looking over it, it would be entirely safe and fair to say we are in fact idiots. But give us the benefit of the doubt and let’s go over what the above picture is. In an Xbox sneak peek for E3 video they released this framed image you see above, presumably being a young John-117 facing Mendez and Dr. Halsey.

We have no idea if this is a terminal or a game, and honestly it probably is a terminal for Halo 5 Guardians…but then again the odds of it being a game are so small that if it is what I’m about to say, you have my permission to start calling the Halo Archive, Halo Nostradamus instead.

What if this picture is from a new Halo game developed by Telltale Games? Yes, the Telltale Game developer responsible for the Walking Dead comic like video game series. It’s so ludicrous it makes sense. We do know this about Telltale Games:

Coming from LucasArts we always felt we could do a great Star Wars story game,” Connors explained. “We also love the idea of building out a deeper story to a great game franchise, something like Half Life Stories or Halo Stories. – Videogamer.com

Intriguing no? Well then again this is why it is in the last category, because on the off chance we are correct, we will be immortalized by all of mankind for calling this out.

That’s it everyone, stay tuned for Microsoft’s press conference on June 15th, 9:30 AM Pacific Time. It will be streamed live here on our website E3 2015 page. Be sure to discuss everything on our forums as well!