Thursday, July 18, was the official start of San Diego Comic-Con International 2013. Yeah, I know we already had another gallery, but that was for preview night. Think of it as "Day 0", like at E3. Anyway, another day past means more photos, and we seriously have over 100 photographs from our day-long running-around.
Today kicked off with a Halo panel featuring folks from 343 Industries and one from Dark Horse. The team dedicated a lot of time to promoting the new Halo: Spartan Assault Windows 8 (WHY) top-down shooter. Yes, 343, I'm convinced it's a great game -- I just can't play it because I don't have Windows 8. I have Windows 7 and an Android mobile device.
Anyway, what many Halo fans can universally look forward to is the release of Halo: Initiation, a comic series focused on Sarah Palmer and the Spartan - IV program. Sure, we saw those guys in Halo 4, but now Dark Horse is helping 343 Industries and Microsoft delve a little bit deeper into that bit of Halo lore.
So Halo goodness aside -- knowing not everyone is as rabid a fan as I am -- we walked the floor once more. Not surprisingly, more people were attending today, and the center (main) aisle of the exhibit hall was barely navigable without a lot of pushing and shoving or waiting.
That said, more people also means more cosplayers. As Comic-Con carries forward, we'll be seeing many more of those as well: both the good and the bad. With the Halo panel being today, quite a few homemade Spartan suits were sighted on the show floor.
Blizzard also saw plenty of foot traffic, as they displayed merchandise and exclusives. Definitely some of the more impressive goods we've seen from the game booths.
Awesome gaming stuff aside, we also got to see some amazing props for sale. Unfortunately, they're a bit out of reach for us, but we still enjoyed looking. Dig Thor's hammer and helmet -- the hammer was tagged "Sold." Captain America's shield and other props can also be found in the gallery after the break.
Microsoft, like many other game companies, had off-site attractions too, rather than trying to grab coveted floor space. The nearby Hyatt housed the Xbox Lounge where attendees could sit and watch a Dead Rising 3 dev demo, or play Splinter Cell Blacklist, Ryse, and Halo: Spartan Assault. Or you know, just hang out.
Either way, check out the rest of the gallery. Prepare to scroll a lot. For a quick look at some of the panels, check out our overview.
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