Our representation of Halo's iconic space combat in the Homeworld 2 engine, which puts the player in command of some of the most powerful weapons fielded by the UNSC and Covenant and to provide a balanced and competitive experience.

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TheDidact Creator
TheDidact Oct 19 2012, 3:53am says:

This is probably the best pic the Omen, thanks Zero for showing it off for us :D

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zacury
zacury Oct 19 2012, 4:30am says:

Finally!! the covenant shows up!!

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V3LO Creator
V3LO Oct 19 2012, 5:07am says:

Everything about you just so sexy.

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VWV
VWV Oct 19 2012, 7:16am says:

Is this eventually going to be included in HHF when you will release covenants?

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880Zero Author
880Zero Oct 19 2012, 7:27am replied:

No, I just imported the mesh with the sole purpose of taking one screenshot then deleting the file.

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rkraptor70
rkraptor70 Oct 19 2012, 7:46am replied:

^Win.

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VWV
VWV Oct 19 2012, 10:08am replied:

I asked that because i thought it was for SotP, there is no
need to answer like that.

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Unikraken
Unikraken Oct 19 2012, 11:34am replied:

Of course there is. Derision of fans is necessary.

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Aliah Creator
Aliah Oct 19 2012, 1:44pm replied:

I dunno about derision, but all I can think of is that the Covenant have serious *****-envy, flying around in ****** all day. >_>

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880Zero Author
880Zero Oct 19 2012, 4:01pm replied:

Obviously if I'm imported it into the HW2 engine, then yes, it will be in HHF. We also both said that in both our news posts.

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menno-911
menno-911 Oct 19 2012, 8:57am says:

whait is dear convent i volft fanly

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Rivel_Knight
Rivel_Knight Oct 19 2012, 9:21am says:

Awesome

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zombie-yellow Online
zombie-yellow Oct 19 2012, 10:10am says:

Nice :)

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Rivel_Knight
Rivel_Knight Oct 19 2012, 11:37am replied:

I agree... it is Nice.

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Battle8111
Battle8111 Oct 19 2012, 5:17pm says:

AWESOME!

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TheBleachDoctor
TheBleachDoctor Oct 19 2012, 5:57pm says:

So will a version of this ship be in the next release?

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spartan-G257 Creator
spartan-G257 Oct 19 2012, 10:34pm replied:

Did they release the Paris the moment they made and textured and coded it... No they didn't they got more ships in... I think they may do the same with the covenant if my instincts are correct

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880Zero Author
880Zero Oct 20 2012, 3:23am replied:

This is correct. Since we've run dry on UNSC ships, we're going to be internally testing the Covenant until we can replace our placeholders much like what we did with the UNSC. The new release will probably be the most final UNSC release since we don't have much in terms of content for them rolling in any time soon, so we're going to try and make it the most complete.

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scufmark
scufmark Oct 22 2012, 2:26pm replied:

-sob- But what about my Orbital Defense Platform Zero?

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880Zero Author
880Zero Oct 22 2012, 5:32pm replied:

Don't have a model for it.

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emanfritzkraut92
emanfritzkraut92 Oct 20 2012, 7:06am says:

Finally! Covvies!

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scufmark
scufmark Oct 20 2012, 4:46pm says:

I've yet to understand how the shielding will be coded. Or how it should be, considering the Covenant are near impossible to actually kill without using a MAC gun.

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880Zero Author
880Zero Oct 20 2012, 9:45pm replied:

There will be two types of weapons, essentially. They will both fire from the same gun, but one will be against shields and one will be against armor. That way, if something isn't meant to fire on shields (archers), it won't. Then, when the shields go down, all the guns light up. Smaller caliber turrets like the ones on frigates will be ineffective against shields, while the larger caliber guns like on cruisers will have some effect. If that makes sense.

Our health to shielding will be 1:2. Covenant ships are said to be frail, so they will be easily dealt with once their shields are gone. However, popping their shields will take effort. Our balance will be 1:3 Covenant vs. UNSC where UNSC can build three ships of the same type in the same time as you can build one Covenant of the same type in the same time.

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scufmark
scufmark Oct 21 2012, 12:52pm replied:

Makes sense for sure. Covenant vessels are definitely easy to mop up with even Archer missiles once the shields are down. I can understand the deck guns firing while the vessels shields are up, but the heavy turrets, I can't see them having any affect on a shield. Expect for harassment maybe? I'm also curious of the weapon systems for the Covenant, as they use their plasma torpedoes more than anything.

1:3 sounds about good. I do think the cost should be up a little higher for larger covenant vessels (such as the Cruisers and such) as their shields can take much more of a beating than any armour of a UNSC Cruiser.

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piemanpie
piemanpie Oct 21 2012, 4:50pm replied:

dont forget that a covi cruiser can shoot down about 2/3 of the missles befor they acualy get ther

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scufmark
scufmark Oct 22 2012, 2:25pm replied:

Normally they don't bother. Most the missiles detonate on the shields anyways.

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880Zero Author
880Zero Oct 21 2012, 7:57pm replied:

The price ratio will definitely be different per ship, but this is the general guide we'll follow for the basics of each class.

I also wanted to clarify, the heavy turrets on frigates and destroyers will be able to fire on smaller Covenant ships with shields, but cruisers it will have no effect essential. There will essentially be two types of shields, light and heavy. As you can guess, destroyers/cruisers/etc. will have the heavy shields while fighters, corvettes and frigates will have light shields. Light shields will take damage from all types of guns essentially while heavy shields will only be able to take MACs and the larger naval guns on the cruisers.

Weapons for the Covenant will be pretty streamlined in terms of variety. Bigger ships will have energy projectors, quite a few heavy plasma cannons to fire plasma torpedo, and quite a bit of pulse laser turrets (if you're unfamiliar with PLTs, they will basically be AA beam weapons to repel strike craft and missiles much like the AA turrets on UNSC ships). Smaller ships won't have an EP, but will have the light plasma cannons that fire blobs of plasma like the corvette in Reach, as well as having a few PLTs for defense.

We're also considering needler cannons, too, but their application is kinda tricky. HW2 allows sphereburst type weapons that detonate, but only on impact.

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scufmark
scufmark Oct 21 2012, 11:44pm replied:

I like the idea of heavy and lighter shields, makes more sense. I know some lighter vessels, some fighters that is, don't have shields at all and seem to be merely for pelting things.

The EP, isn't that the WMD used for glassing the planet? I might be wrong, but that's the only thing I could think of, if that's the case, then would that be the equivalent of a MAC gun?

Needler cannon, not sure how that would work, exactly like the needler from the games I would presume. More of starship version though?

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880Zero Author
880Zero Oct 22 2012, 1:43am replied:

Right, in Reach, the banshees didn't have shields but the Seraph did. The Corvette also didn't have shields either.

The Energy Projector is literally the glassing beam, yeah. However, it's usually a larger ships primary weapon. So damage output would be great, just like a MAC gun.

Needler cannons would be a homing explosive device probably used for AA like the Vampire from Halo Wars. If it is every implemented, highly unlikely though.

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scufmark
scufmark Oct 22 2012, 10:43am replied:

Well if the UNSC have their Heavy AA I would think the Covie would be able to have a flak needler gun of some sort.

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spartan-G257 Creator
spartan-G257 Oct 23 2012, 9:05am replied:

they have pulse laser turrets for that

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scufmark
scufmark Oct 23 2012, 8:29pm replied:

Indeed, but Pulse Laser Turrets are more of a... blow up everything weapon. Not only that, this isn't exactly 100% canon so a needle based aa gun would be pretty nifty. Perhaps could use a missile base to allow for tracking... hmmmm.

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Jack_Frost_ROTG
Jack_Frost_ROTG Oct 27 2012, 6:41pm replied:

Hay about the thing about the Energy Projector, I guess it's like the beam the super-carrier in Halo 2 shoots at that Marathon that Cheif and the boom fly by. You know the one who's engines start failing after the shot.

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TheBleachDoctor
TheBleachDoctor Oct 24 2012, 10:52pm replied:

How will you code the plasma torpedoes? There's nothing like it in HW2.

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880Zero Author
880Zero Oct 24 2012, 11:47pm replied:

The plasma torpedoes are just like missiles. We already have them in-game.

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TheBleachDoctor
TheBleachDoctor Oct 25 2012, 6:09pm replied:

Sweetness.

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Hakazu
Hakazu Oct 21 2012, 1:23pm says:

Looks wonderful! Love it, keep it up.

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mechgt5
mechgt5 Oct 22 2012, 3:08am says:

this is random, but im wondering, any chance of boarding party ships? for UNSC or Covie?

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scufmark
scufmark Oct 22 2012, 2:16pm replied:

Look on the front page, we're actually enjoying a lovely discussion about why that's not applicable and where it could be.

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scufmark
scufmark Oct 22 2012, 2:23pm says:

Just now thought about this, but wouldn't this be the same Frigate that drops into orbit in the new Forward Unto Dawn? The three of them?

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880Zero Author
880Zero Oct 22 2012, 5:33pm replied:

No, that's the DAV-class Heavy Corvette, or Ardent Prayer from Reach. The Omen-class frigate is a fanon design.

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scufmark
scufmark Oct 22 2012, 10:27pm replied:

Hmm... Looking it up I found we were both wrong apparently. The DAV-class is actually a light corvette similar to the Prowler. The SDV-class is a heavy corvette seen in FUD. And well... then there's the Omen... which forms it's own bracket.

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880Zero Author
880Zero Oct 23 2012, 12:09am replied:

AH okay, I always get DAV and SDV mixed up since there's only one canon designed Corvette.

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Jack_Frost_ROTG
Jack_Frost_ROTG Oct 27 2012, 7:24pm says:

m3leetank 2secs ago replied:
Hay about the thing about the Energy Projector, I guess it's like the beam the super-carrier in Halo 2 shoots at that Marathon that Cheif and the boom fly by. You know the one who's engines start failing after the shot.

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880Zero Author
880Zero Oct 28 2012, 6:14am replied:

Or the glassing beam in Halo 3/ODST/Reach.

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Jack_Frost_ROTG
Jack_Frost_ROTG Oct 28 2012, 2:57pm replied:

Yes I know but I'm talking about the E.P. as a ship to ship weapon like, as I side earlier, the one in Halo 2
or when the Long Night Of Solace(Reach) used it to take out the UNSC Graffton, the Paris class friget at the end of "Tip Of The Spear".

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scufmark
scufmark Oct 30 2012, 5:46pm replied:

It is a ship to ship weapon, It's used for both naval engagements and scorched earth tactics.

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Iwaslost
Iwaslost Oct 29 2012, 2:33pm says:

Ugh now I need to change my pants. Thanks guys.

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Komrade-Buchino
Komrade-Buchino Oct 31 2012, 8:22pm says:

(Begin Ten Hour Evil laugh)

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If you follow SotP, you will know by know that the two of us are partnering up to finish of the Covenant. With my artistic talent and TheDidact's modelling skills, we will do it to the best of our abilities.

Now, on to the Omen. The ship serves as a Light Frigate, based on the description from the books. It will have three lateral plasma turrets on each side and a compliment of four total pulse laser turrets (two on each side). The ship will have minimal shielding, as this will eventually bridge the gap between corvette sized ships and larger frigates/destroyers.

As far as team colors go, my theme for the Covenant is to have the team color be the ambient lighting seen on all Covenant ships (especially the ones in Halo Reach), while the stripe color will be represented by majestic waved lines along the hull to symbolize a divinity all Covenant ship display prominently.

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