Thank you for your patience during the judging process, we're pleased to announce the winners of the Extermination Forge Contest with you today! Before we begin, lets take a brief look at how the Extermination game mode was formed and celebrate the indelible impact its made within our community. For those hiding under a rock and are unfamiliar with the mode you can get a complete understanding by simply watching our feature video below.
We're proud to say that Extermination was featured right here on ForgeHub before any kind of public announcement of the mode was made. We typically only feature something after its released so we're honored to be a part of this mode's history and thank its creators for collaborating with us for the announcement. I'd also like to thank ATN's partnership in hosting this contest. And now, a word from one of the mode's creators, the Duke of Mearl, on what makes Extermination special to him.
Duke of Mearl: One of my favorite aspects of Extermination is how quickly people connect and resonate with the mode. It feels like a new competitive Halo gametype, one that offers fast paced gameplay where every life is crucial. It's as if you are playing the last two minutes of a closely matched Slayer game each time you load into a round.
Similar to other popularized community created modes, we believe Extermination will be recognized and fostered for years to come. Infection was first conceived during Halo 2 as an honor based custom mode, requiring players to switch teams upon their death. Grifball was created in Halo 3 through playful experimentation by the founders of Rooster Teath. In Halo 5, we're celebrating Extermination and hope it finds a permanent resting place within the legacy of our most cherished community created modes as well.
Over the course of its release, Extermination has been garnering an impressive amount of traction and support. Our Forge contest collected nearly 100 submissions, some of which you may have already experienced in last month's Community Extermination Playlist in matchmaking thanks to 343 Community Coordinator, Unyshek and friends. Bringing extermination to a wider audience has only catapulted its success to even greater heights. In a recent poll conducted by our Community Manager, Brian Jarrard aka Ske7ch, Extermination has secured itself as being the most well received and respected elimination mode in Halo.
Its hard to imagine that we announced this contest almost 5 months ago. Forgers were given 6 weeks of build time and 1.5 weeks to ensure their maps were contained, performant and operating with the respective game mode correctly. During the judging process, forgers and fans were able to monitor our progress during each phase by visiting our public Trello Board or watching our streams on Twitch. After 2 months of judging, the wait is finally over and we couldn't be more ecstatic to present the winners!
Total Prize Pool: $1,000
$200 Per Winner
TOP 5 WINNERS
Community Favorite Map vote last March and has already secured its place in our permanent library of featured content!
Thanks to all that participated in this contest, we couldn't have been more fortunate with the level of quality of all of the submissions. It was extremely difficult to compose this top list and I feel its only appropriate to mention that Majestic by Karby lost a spot in the top 5 by a mere fraction! This experience has been one of the most enjoyable contests to judge because of how incredibly fast paced and team oriented the gameplay has been. We're all closer as friends as a result of this contest and will hopefully be collaborating with eachother in the near future. We're also pleased to say that ForgeHub now supports a new map category called 'Extermination'. People are still making maps for this mode and we will continue to support it for years to come!
- The ForgeHub Team