Waypoint Dishes About Atlas App For Windows Phone (Also For IOS and Android)December 8, 2011 3 Comments
Iv’e never been so excited and upset at news at the same time, until now. The Halo waypoint team today blogged about their upcoming app called Atlas. Atlas as we explained before is an application that shows you the map your playing in Halo multi-player on your phone. Almost like a really fancy GPS that shows you your team members, drop points etc.
I am excited because all of this info is just amazing and I can’t wait till it drops. I am upset because I thought that it would be exclusive to Windows Phone, just like the Xbox Companion is and I was wrong. It will also be available for Android and IOS devices.
Oh well, less of that and more about the Atlas info:
ATLAS, or Assisted Tactical Assault System, is a companion experience that provides near-real-time player data and tactical guidance for your Halo: Reach and Halo: Anniversary Multiplayer gameplay. This brand new strategy app will begin to become available on December 10 as part of Halo Waypoint on Windows Phone 7, iOS, and Android devices.
We have partnered with Brady Games to bring you detailed Multiplayer and Firefight maps for Halo: Reach. That includes the Noble, Defiant and just released Anniversary Map Pack! Along with the benefit of being able to study the maps while on the go, ATLAS also features:
- Weapon and vehicle spawn locations for Matchmaking and Firefight games.
- Health pack locations.
- Near-real-time locations for weapons and vehicles during Custom Multiplayer games.
- Your location and that of your team members displayed on the map.
- Follow me’ mode to track your movement.
- Dynamic player list, including current score for the teams and each player and equipped weapon for you and your teammates.
Each map lets you pan around, zoom in and out, and view weapon, vehicle and health pack spawns and information. You can even tap on each icon on the map to get specifics about the type of weapon or vehicle. This is just the static data you can see for each map, though. ATLAS actually gives you much more than that….
In addition to map viewing, we are also including a cutting-edge experimental feature where we show near-real-time information. That means when you are playing a Matchmaking Multiplayer Halo: Reach game on Xbox LIVE, ATLAS shows your location on the map and updates dynamically as you move around. Firefight maps don’t support near-real-time data in this release, but you can still check the weapon, vehicle and health map locations for those maps.
Along with weapon, vehicle, and health pack locations, ATLAS will also show the location of your teammates in team games. You will get visual indicators when your teammates are engaged in combat and when they are killed, and even when they positioning themselves to strike.
With Matchmaking games, ATLAS respects the ranked nature of gameplay by only showing weapon and vehicle spawn locations. But with Custom Multiplayer games, ATLAS takes a more no-holds-bared approach by showing the near-real-time location of power weapons and vehicles on the map. So, if someone picks up a Rocket Launcher and later drops it, you will see the new location for that particular weapon. You will also be able to see vehicles moving around along with you or your teammates!
In addition to ATLAS, Halo Waypoint is also coming to iOS and Android devices, making your Halo: Reach stats, Service Record, and Custom Challenges all accessible. You will also have one-touch web access within the app, so you can easily go to the full Halo Waypoint website.