Not only will “Halo 5: Guardians” launch with 20 multiplayer maps (or atleast that is what they are promising), developer 343 has revealed that they are also offering 15 additional DLC maps for free.
The upcoming issue of Game Informer features “Halo 5: Guardians” as the cover story and has an interview with 343 studio head Josh Holmes. Regarding the decision to release the DLC maps for no charge to players, Holmes said,
“When you have paid map packs and content, you divide the player base into two groups: the haves and the have-nots,” Holmes said. “The people that have the map pack can play together but the people who don’t cannot. That to us is a real problem. So we’re delivering all the maps to all players free so everybody will be able to play together. That, we feel, is really important to having a great multiplayer ecosystem.”
“Halo 5: Guardians” will launch on October 27 for the Xbox One. The 15 complimentary DLC maps are expected by June, 2016.
Yesterday, the multiplay beta for 2015’s “Halo 5: Guardians” became available for all players who have purchased The Master Chief Collection. In honor of the release of the beta, Microsoft and Bungie have announced the pre-order bonuses and the different versions that we can expect for “Halo 5.”
When the fifth installment in the “Halo” series releases, you can choose from:
- Standard Edition for $59.99 – Halo 5: Guardians plus an exclusive poster, only available to those who pre-order.
- Limited Edition for $99.99 – Everything in the Standard Edition plus new digital content to enhance Spartan combat and exclusive items wrapped in a uniquely designed steel book.
- Limited Collector’s Edition for $249.99 – Everything in the Limited Edition as well as additional content such as a commemorative numbered statue designed by 343 Industries. More details on the design to be shared at a later date.
“Halo 5: Guardians” will release sometime in fall 2015 and it continues the story of the Master Chief, and introduces a brand new central character to the Halo universe – Spartan Locke (as seen in the live action series “Halo: Nightfall”). Peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. And when humanity’s greatest hero goes missing, Spartan Locke is tasked with hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.
The multiplayer beta for “Guardians” will continue to run through January 18, 2015. Every week the beta is live will bring players new content to try out, including maps, weapons, modes, and a new Competitive Skill Rating (CSR) system.
343 Industries has officially announced a new installment in the “Halo” game series. “Halo 5: Guardians” will launch on the Xbox One in the fall of 2015.
According to the announcement, the game will run “at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade,” and will also be powered by a new engine.
Bonnie Ross, general manager at 343, made the announcement on a blog post that detailed the future of the Halo franchise as a whole. Ross talked about Master Chief’s next journey. She said,
“Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4. That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine. Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.”
The first teaser for “Halo 5” was revealed at Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference which featured short teaser showcasing the iconic character trudging across a desert in a poncho.
Ross also hinted at what we’d see from the franchise at this year’s E3, stating,
“Many fans noted that I was very deliberate with my phrasing on stage at E3 last year. I spoke about a ‘journey,’ rather than a destination – and that journey definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step. We’ll give you much more information about our plans for this year at the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing on June 9, and we’re confident that Halo fans will be pretty excited [about] the special plans we have in store.”