Disclaimer: I attended this event as media/press. The team at Halo: Outpost Discovery provided me with a media pass, which gave me access to the event, for the entire weekend. All thoughts are entirely my own.
A couple of weekends ago, Halo: Outpost Discovery, a weekend-long event that lets you immerse yourself in Halo’s universe, made its way to Orlando, FL. and we were there to cover it!
Keep on reading if you want to know my full Halo: Outpost Discovery review.
What is Halo: Outpost Discovery?
Halo: Outpost Discovery allows you to experience the first-ever competitive Halo VR, enjoy laser tag in their Combat Deck Arena, explore the Hall of History, see a Halo Ring, and so much more!
Friends, I’ll say it right off the bat — make sure you don your “patience helmet”, because the lines are LONG and move SLOWLY — even for VIPs.
Be ready to wait 2+ hours for most attractions, but don’t be surprised when a staff member tells you that wait times have gone up to 4+ hours.
While we made the best of the event, there are many things that need to be changed. However, it wasn’t a total flop! Keep in mind, we attended the first Halo: Outpost Discovery event ever. I’m sure that over time, they will work out all of the kinks.
Halo: Outpost Discovery VIP Package
We attended with a media pass, but it allowed us to enjoy everything the VIP ticket included. The VIP packages could use some work (more about that later), but here is what is included with every VIP ticket:
- Entry to Halo: Outpost Discovery, marketplace, and event programming on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
- Enter one hour earlier than General Admission hours on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for extra time to explore
- Stay one hour later than General Admission hours on Friday or Saturday for extra time to explore
- VIP gift pack which include UNSC Dog Tag, exclusive Halo: Outpost Discovery Funko Pop! Figure, and drawstring bag
- Exclusive VIP Lounge access
- 6 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. All the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus over 100 high-quality console and PC games for $14.99 a month. Download and play new games on day one like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, plus recent blockbusters like Metro Exodus. Enjoy exclusive member deals and discounts. Play together with friends on the most advanced multiplayer network and discover your next favorite game. Visit xboxgamepass.com for more information as well as terms and conditions. Redemption codes will be provided at badge pick up.
- Exclusive Spartan Hazel – Outpost Discovery Xbox Avatar Costume.
- Exclusive Spartan Owen – Outpost Discovery Xbox Avatar Costume.
- Exclusive Outpost Discovery T-shirt for your Xbox Avatar.
The VIP Lounge offered a great respite from the busy main floor. In the VIP lounge we found game centers (2 xbox 360s), HALO: Fireteam Raven Arcade Game by Dave & Buster’s (1 cabinet — 2 players), snacks, plenty of seating, and a mini Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co. soda fountain.
We were provided with a free Wild Bill’s metal mug (a $20+ value) in the VIP Lounge which came with unlimited soda refills. I’m not sure if this will be available in all of the VIP Lounges, but I did check the Wild Bill’s site and they will be attending every Halo: Outpost Discovery Event.
One of my favorite areas was the Mega Construx area. This interactive area gives you the opportunity to build your own battle missions with Halo® Mega Construx™!
The Mega Construx™ area features a huge collection of Halo® Mega Construx™ micro action figures and allows guests to experience a buildable full-scale Drop Pod that brings the sci-fi universe to life! It was seriously cool!
This exhibit is open to Halo fans of all ages. It is the perfect area of families!
We also really enjoyed ‘The Ring Experience’. Unfortunately, in order to keep things exciting for future Halo: Outpost Discovery guests, we were not allowed to film or photograph any parts of The Ring Experience as media.
“The Ring Experience” lets Halo: Outpost Discovery guests explore the story of the mysterious Halo Array through artifacts that leap off the levels and pages of some of your favorite Halo titles.
At the center of “The Ring Experience” is a theatrical attraction. It is visually immersive and consists of multi-projectors in a dome-based theater. It features never-before-seen explorations of an actual Halo ring. True Halo fans will receive a brand-new appreciation for the sheer scale and magnitude of these ancient installations. I wish this experience would have been 3D and on better screens, but it was pretty cool!
However, our absolute favorite area was the ‘Hall of History’.
The Hall of History is the place where Halo fans can find graphics, artifacts, and tangible visuals direct form the Halo universe.
This area features everything from United Nations Space Command (UNSC) weapons and accessories, uniforms, a “to-scale” Warthog vehicle, life-sized Halo sculptures, and more! It was awesome!
This tour of the Halo universe is the perfect introduction to your journey throughout Halo: Outpost Discovery and is the first area you will find when you enter the event. In the Hall of History, new and experienced Halo fans alike can find things to discover and explore.
Another definite stand-out for me was the merchandise! I picked up the Halo: Outpost Discovery exclusive Master Chief with Cortana Funko Pop. It is seriously awesome and was only $10.
Master Chief costumes were $70 for adults and $40 for kids. Helmets were $40 and $35 and many attendees were talking about the fact that they were high quality and realistic! They also had customizable t-shirts, hoodies and hats.
What I would change about Halo: Outpost Discovery
- VIPs should receive some sort of “front of the line” or “quick pass” in order to skip the long lines.
- I think there should be more ambient music to really transport you to the HALO universe as soon as you step foot in the venue.
- Doubling up on attractions would help with wait times. I hope this is something they consider doing next year!
- More seating for non-VIPs or those who do not want to spend time in the “quiet” or “reading” rooms. Seating was basically non-existent.
- This may be different in other convention centers, but in the Orlando location, VIPs needed to exit the expo hall (past security) to get to the VIP Lounge. This meant that every time that you wanted to go to the VIP Lounge and then back to the expo hall, you needed to go back through security and the bag check area.
- The Main Stage in the Orlando location was smack dab in the main convention area and didn’t have enough seating. Because it had no surrounding walls, those of us in the “standing room” area could not really hear anything that was being said. Main stage activities and panels should definitely be held in the ballrooms, not in the main floor.
- The app is over 200 mb large. Download it in advance! It is very difficult to download over slow convention center WiFi connections.
The next Halo: Outpost Discovery stops will be Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Houston, TX, and Anaheim, CA. You can purchase tickets here.