The very first 'Halo' arcade game is absolutely massive and we want to play now

 mashable.com  5/18/2018 2:59:49 AM   Shannon Connellan

Spend hours battling the Covenant with your buddies, not on your PC or console, but in your local arcade.

Microsoft and 343 Industries announced Halo's first ever arcade game on Thursday, a collaboration with arcade specialists Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix. 

Halo: Fireteam Raven is a four-player cooperative arcade shooting game which lets you fight alongside Master Chief to stop the dreaded Covenant and save the galaxy.

The physical structure looks seriously impressive, a coin-operated machine with a colossal 130-inch, 4K screen and four turret-mounted, multipurpose machine guns.

Squad up.

Squad up.

Image: xbox/screenshot

According to Xbox's blog post, the game will be set in the timeframe of 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved game. You'll don the role of Fireteam Raven — an elite group of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers.

Your team will be dropped onto Alpha Halo, where you, and, of course, Master Chief, will have to deal with a whole lot of alien Covenant enemies trying to get their greedy mitts on the Halo superweapon. Oh, and you'll have to deal with the ol' Flood infestation too. Remember those parasites? Fun.

Now that's a four-player arcade set-up.

Now that's a four-player arcade set-up.

Image: xbox/screenshot

It's not just collaborative either. You'll be able to compete against your friends' high scores (in true arcade fashion). Players can scan a QRC code with their phone, which will connect your game progress and stats to your Halo Waypoint account (if you've got one).

The project has been in development for years, and now, Halo: Fireteam Raven is finally ready to hit the arcades. You'll be able to play it at select Dave & Busters locations in the United States and Canada this summer, and more locations planned for fall.

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