What’s better than playing Halo 5: Guardians? How about diving into a Halo map in real-life.

343 teamed up with the folks at BOOMco to bring Halo 5: Guardians’ Crossfire map to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Halo-themed armor? Check. Halo-themed guns? Roger that.

BOOMco Halo 5 weapons

We all know Red Team has this in the bag. Pistols versus Plasma Pistols? Please, it’s not even a contest. Now, BOOMco just needs to make a Battle Rifle version.

Check out the Halo 5 meets American Gladiators render below.

Halo 5 Guardians Crossfire real-life map

Oh man, the videos and GIFs from this weekend are going to be hilarious.

Halo 5: Guardians Warzone

343 announced the Warzone game type at E3. This weekend, you can go hands-on with it. Head to the Xbox Booth (Booth #100) to dive into 343’s 12v12 multiplayer mode.

343 will also be revealing a brand new Warzone map at the Xbox Lounge. The developer teamed up with Mega Bloks to show the new map off in a huge 6’ x 6’ map. That’s cool and all, but I hope we at least see some gameplay footage of the new map.

Those of you lucky enough to make it out to San Diego will also get some hands-on time with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller.

Halo 5 Panels

343 will hold two panels this weekend.

Hunt For the Truth: Following the Trail of the Halo 5: Guardians Story

“Join us as we examine the storytelling in and around Halo 5: Guardians,” reads 343’s blog post.

343’s Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor and Morgan Lockhart will be joined by Ayzenberg’s Noah Eichen and The Sequence Group’s Ian Firby.

Who are Ayzenberg and The Sequence Group?

Ayzenberg worked with 343 and Xbox on the Halo 5: Guardians HUNT the TRUTH campaign. I still haven’t listened to it yet, but it has received praise from Halo fans. Ayzenberg also put together the badass Xbox One – E3 Jump ahead trailer.

The Sequence Group worked on more than 30 minutes of terminal animation for Halo 2: Anniversary.

The Hunt For the Truth panel starts Friday, July 10 at 10:15 am in Room 6BCF.

Building the Halo Universe with the Collectible Mega Bloks Series

Mega Blok fans will get a sneak peak at Mega Bloks Spring ‘16 line and learn what’s next for both brands.

343’s Frank O’Connor and John Friend will be joined by HaloCollector.com’s Kevin Hurd, Mattel’s Andrew Sparkes, Joe Lawandus, and Gary Swisher. Jay Frechette will moderate. Building the Halo Universe starts at 2 pm on July 12 at Room 24ABC.

Both of the panels will not be streamed, but 343 will try to get VODs of each up afterward.

Halo 5: Guardians Figures and Replicas

If you love figures and replicas, 343 has you covered. Mattel, Dark Horse, Square Enix, NECA, McFarlane and Kotobukiya will showcase their Halo wares at their respective booths.

Halo 5: Guardians figures

How about a custom 3D printed Spartan? Sandboxr will let you add your own personal message, pick male or female and choose between various weapons, armor sets and poses.

Comic-Con promises plenty of surprises, but the Halo fan in me can’t wait to look behind the curtain of what 343 has planned for us this fall.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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