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Halo’s Arbiter Joins Killer Instinct Season 3

Microsoft has officially confirmed Halo’s Arbiter for season three of Killer Instinct.

The iconic character will join the game with its third season sometime next month, on both PC and Xbox One.

Season three includes eight new characters, with the confirmed additions including: Gargos (Killer Instinct 2), Kim Wu, Rash (Battletoads), and the aforementioned Arbiter.

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  1. luggage lad
    luggage lad
    February 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Isn’t Tusk confirmed too?

  2. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    February 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Have they said how this is going to be sold on the PC? I hope that it is on Steam and not some horrible new form of GFWL.

  3. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    February 22, 2016 at 11:02 am

    It’s going to be a windows 10 exclusive through that built in online store aka games for Windows 2.0

  4. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    February 22, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Ah fuck…welp, no sale for me then.

  5. Mea K
    Mea K
    February 22, 2016 at 11:09 am

    What is it with fighting games and having guest characters from completely unrelated franchises pollute the roster? This isn’t quite as egregious as Mortal Kombat opening a can of popular movie monsters that don’t fit the game at all thematically but it’s getting there.

  6. Nagato
    Nagato
    February 22, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Supposedly, at least according to Halo’s social justice cuck of a franchise director, this isn’t “our” Arbiter from the main Halo games, though; just a generic amalgamation of previous Arbiters.

    Which of course doesn’t at all account for his looks, stage, sword and every single thing he says in this trailer being specific to that particular Arbiter, of course. I’m guessing it’s just another weakass excuse for them not being able to get Keith David as VA for this, as he tends to be known for lying to the fans’ faces.

  7. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    February 22, 2016 at 11:19 am

    So even Halo isn’t safe from the Twitter/Tumblr crowd?

  8. deadeye
    deadeye
    February 22, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Pollute is a pretty strong word. What’s so bad about this? I think it’s cool.

  9. Bronx Shogun
    Bronx Shogun
    February 22, 2016 at 11:33 am

    SJWs Always Lie.

  10. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    February 22, 2016 at 11:41 am

    >not keith David

    You had one job Microsoft…

  11. Mea K
    Mea K
    February 22, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Each of these guest characters could’ve instead been a new original creation that expands the world/lore in some way and enriches the franchise as a whole. Guest characters are typically just sucked into a dimensional rift or something. Taking an existing thing that is already popular and using that to sell your game is like borrowing someone else’s strength instead of strengthening yourself. Their added value is temporary. A well-received new original character’s added value is permanent.

  12. deadeye
    deadeye
    February 22, 2016 at 11:53 am

    That is a very good argument, and I really can’t refute anything you said.

    Would I prefer a new original character? Yeah. But this is still neat.

    Plus, I’m sure this is probably more Microsoft’s doing, wanting something to promote Halo in their exclusive fighting game.

  13. Nagato
    Nagato
    February 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Well, there’s the aforementioned Frank O’Connor, who goes around equating Gamergate supporters to klansmen on NeoFAG. He seems to spend most of his time online being obnoxious about people he disagrees in said echo chamber.

    Then there’s Bonnie Ross and Kiki Wolfkill, who also seem to prioritize “feminism” over actually trying to understand the series they’re in charge of, hence why one of them focused on having Halo 4 rewritten because the original script featured female antagonists, while the other made ending gendered insults on Xbox Live her goal in life.

    Given such regressive influences, it should come as no surprise that Halo 4 actually ended up with the whitest cast in series history, because who cares about actual minorities when you please the patron saint of feminism by grooming FemShep to replace the Chief instead? And that Cortana, previously a strong and capable female character, turned into a weak damsel in distress instead?

  14. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    February 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Love to hear that people with high level pay jobs in the gaming industry can also get away with insulting their customers.

  15. deadeye
    deadeye
    February 22, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Aww, that’s a shame about Frank. He was actually pretty cool back during Halo 2. He interacted with the fanbase quite a bit, and generally seemed like a cool dude.

    That sucks.

  16. Nagato
    Nagato
    February 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Well, depends on what you define as “get away with”, as their contributions seem to have been rewarded with the series’ low point in sales.

    And said replacement-to-be for Chief was received so bloody badly by the remaining fanbase that they had to scrap those plans, after which they finally remembered that black people do exist and went with one of those instead… but then never bothered to develop him into a compelling character either.

    Another issue I have with how these folks handle Halo is the convoluted mess the series has become at this point: to fully understand the story and characters of Halo 4, you need to have read up on two seperate trilogies of tie-in novels and a comic series.

    And Halo 5’s short campaign seems to be something they quickly threw together because the game had to ship that year, somewhat comparable to Destiny. So there you have a game without any real plot until the last three missions, where you suddenly get the most unceremonious info dump of a “story”.

  17. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    February 22, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    That’s a shame you know? Because yeah, I am a fan of Halo, not a raving; drooling extreme fan boy mind you but I enjoyed my time with the first two games. Never got around finishing the third one but I started it a bit ago. Heard Reach was alright as well.

    But I did hear a lot about 4 and 5 not being up to par and guess you pretty much answered why. Guess it has become more like COD now where you probably don’t want to play the story and just do the mulitplayer, which I also hear is kinda fucked as well.

    Well, maybe the last two games not selling so hot will get Microsoft off their asses and ax some people from their jobs and put in some new and competent blood.

  18. Black_Bob
    Black_Bob
    February 22, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I’ll admit, this is pretty cool and I like the idea. I’m a fan of the Arbiter myself. I haven’t played Halo 5 and from reading the comments, it’s rather disappointing to hear about it’s development and the people involved. May have to do some fact checking on it but yeah.

  19. Nagato
    Nagato
    February 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Hopefully Phil Spencer will put more competent people on the franchise soon, although I’ve already resigned myself to the series I once loved now being a mere shadow of its former self.

    And it pretty much is exactly CoD in space now, yeah, which I don’t even necessarily mind as someone who casually enjoys his CoD campaigns, but it does take away from the reasons to get an Xbox just for these games when I can already get three/four different flavors of sci-fi CoD on my platform of choice.

    Oh well, with a bit of luck we’ll get this particular flavor of sci-fi CoD on PC soon enough as well, on top of the main Halo trilogy + ODST.

  20. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    February 22, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    The only reason I am slightly thinking about getting an Xbox One is because I have a couple of life long friends that moved away and they insist on doing their online gaming there. Otherwise I’m primarily sticking with my nice PC.

  21. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    February 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Wow, Killer Instinct must be doing really badly now.

  22. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    February 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Will never not be disappointed about what happened to Halo. Campaign writing has become garbage when it used to be a genuinely valid reason to buy the games (which is exceedingly rare for FPS) and they’ve basically stripped it of everything that made it the only console FPS worth taking seriously in a competitive sense by turning it into a generic aim down sights COD clone. At least Arbiter is a badass

    Haven’t played Killer Instinct because all the aforementioned reasons spared me the price of an Xbox One. I’d have bought one for Bungie’s Halo but for 343’s weak butchering of it, no

  23. sanic
    sanic
    February 22, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Would have preferred sgt johnson, bastard got plasma grenade cancer and then got it cured by being infected by the flood, he’s an absolute madman.

  24. djluke_1993
    djluke_1993
    February 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Apparently he had a stroke around the time this was being done so they couldn’t get him for the voice.

  25. LaserCatsAreAwesome
    LaserCatsAreAwesome
    February 23, 2016 at 7:32 am

    They finally caved in to idiots and put ADS into Halo? Does that also mean that ADS’ best friend nerfed as shit hipfiring was brought along for the ride?

  26. Jason Orozco
    Jason Orozco
    February 25, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    On the contrary, it’s doing fantastic. All this is, is a cool way to bring in fresh blood on the pc and xbox one.

  27. Jason Orozco
    Jason Orozco
    February 25, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Take what these people say with a grain of salt, Halo 5s campaign is not what most expected but it is NOT bad. All the this feminism bs I can’t speak for cause I really don’t care.

  28. Jason Orozco
    Jason Orozco
    February 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Yup, his tease was released yesterday