By now it needs to be clear that Termacious Trickocity are a tenacious bunch: The Halo group has made a reputation for itself by reaching elaborate exploits that the broader group usually regards as inconceivable. But normally, when a problem stands in its method, Trickocity have objects to play with, like weapons or cowl, which may then be manipulated to clip by way of stable area. The Picture Room is totally different.
The stage seems in Halo 3, and it accommodates huge graphics that show within the background throughout the last cutscene within the recreation. After Master Chief prompts the Halo, which causes it to self-destruct, he escapes to a ship. But the journey is turbulent sufficient that it almost sends him flying out into open area. Getting to the world the place the surroundings is held in place — the skybox, because it’s recognized in recreation growth — grew to become somewhat of a white whale for Halo stunters back in 2007. At the time, gamers discovered a glitch that allowed the digicam to stand up near the skybox, however they couldn’t bodily place their characters there. Seeing and being there are two very various things, particularly in video video games, a medium that prides itself in giving followers interactivity.
Folks tried, in fact. The downside is that, for regular stunting, you want a wide selection of props. The Picture Room principally solely had just a few autos, which restricted choices severely. And based on group chief Aaron Sekela, who spoke to Polygon over electronic mail, that was however one of many many points going through the group.
“We had to pinpoint [the room’s] location, what checkpoints we had available to us, what materials we could use,” he recounted. “From there, we came up plan after plan, each ending with failure. Ultimately, the problem we kept running into was clipping. We [weren’t] able to clip far enough under the map with any normal method we knew of.”
It was solely in 2018 — almost a decade after the room’s discovery — that the Halo group reached a breakthrough. While enjoying Halo Reach, followers found that if a car was dropped from an excessive peak, it will acquire sufficient velocity to finally clip by way of the bottom. A yr later, of us began questioning if the identical is likely to be true in Halo 3.
There was skepticism, Sekela stated. When followers regarded on the space once more, it appeared just like the Picture Room couldn’t present sufficient peak to bust by way of the skybox. But even with that uncertainty, Halo gamers wanted to know for positive. Extensive testing started in earnest round August 2020, all led by a participant who goes by the deal with “Harc.”
Within per week, everybody was confirmed fallacious. The Picture Room wasn’t simply viewable. You might, in actual fact, stand within the void that builders by no means supposed anybody to see. The view was as majestic because it was unsettling.
The high video on this put up particulars the method obligatory to interrupt into the cutscene room, which entails 4 gamers coordinating extensively over the course of about 10 minutes. The stunters need to die at particular factors, choose up weapons at particular junctures, and finally launch a Mongoose car into place to set every part up. One stunter will then progress far sufficient to drive the sport to begin loading the Picture Room, whereas one other units up the checkpoint wanted to place the scene into movement. Once in place, the Mongoose participant will get blasted by a hammer repeatedly — they wish to drive it into gaining sufficient velocity to clip by way of the map.
Then, and solely then, will the stunters let the Picture Room a part of the extent load. If accomplished accurately, the participant who clipped by way of the map ought to then be teleported to the skybox. A feat that took 13 years of head-scratching calculations and irritating failures.
“Was it worth it?” Sekela contemplated in our electronic mail alternate. Yes, he stated — The Picture Room was one of the vital sought-after challenges for the group.
“It was at the top of list for many of us and it was honestly hard to imagine it getting done,” he wrote. “So, when we actually completed it, it was kind of surreal. Still is sort of! That sense of, ‘Man we actually did it…’ the accomplishment of putting the pieces of puzzle together and finally figuring it out. That moment makes it worth it. It’s always about the journey for us, not always the destination, even when the destination is so cool!”
Here is the brand new downside going through our digital daredevils: With the Picture Room accomplished, together with a lot of different long-standing challenges, there aren’t that many challenges left to deal with anymore. When I ask him what’s subsequent, he responds with uncertainty.
“I’ve been starting to ask myself the same thing,” Sekela stated. “Like, we’re coming close [to clearing the list].”
There are eight gadgets left on the Halo 3 group’s stunts guidelines. Half of them, Sekela isn’t even positive are potential even with all of the discoveries the group has made over time.
“But hey, Picture Room seemed just as daunting a few months ago,” Sekela stated.