This week is a pretty momentous event for a certain video game series. 343 Industries has announced that this is a special week for the Halo video game franchise. The Halo series celebrates its 15th anniversary this week. The first video game in the series debuted this week in November 2001 for the original Xbox console. It’s almost hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the first game was released.
343 Industries has released the launch trailer for the new Halo 5: Guardians update, which is called Anvil’s Legacy Update. You can check out the new gameplay video, featuring new gameplay footage, in the player below.
In a new blog post, 343 Industries offered some details for what will be coming for the final major update for Halo 5: Guardians. More content is going to be offered for Halo 5 very soon. 343 Industries specifically said the next update will have a “variety of goodness.”
When it comes to games with lots of replay value, seeing how many gamers continue to play the game well after launch often indicates their passion, as well as potential for buying the next game in the series should there be one.
Some new details have been revealed for the upcoming free update for Halo 5: Guardians. 343 released a new weekly update with all sorts of details for the new expansion, Warzone Firefight, is set to launch on June 29. The expansion has gone through a number of changes since it’s April beta period.
On a post on the Halo community website, Bungie revealed details about new updates coming both this week, and events coming this summer. This included the results of the Team Area challenge that’ll come to the Pro Leagues this Summer. You can read the full breakdown for the Team Arena update here:
343 studios, the team behind the recent Halo titles, completely remade the Forge system in Halo for Halo 5: Guardians. Now, they’re making the transition to PC, as Halo 5: Guardians Edition will come to Windows 10 later this year. More than that though, the Forge system will be free for anyone to try.
Halo Waypoint has revealed a new free DLC for Halo 5: Guardians called the Memories of Reach. This DLC will be part of a free update later this month. This new update will feature search preferences for matchmaking across Arena and Warzone. In addition, gamers will now have the option to choose from the default setting of Balances and Expanded and Focused.
Halo Waypoint.com has announced that Microsoft is releasing a series of new maps made by fans for Halo 5: Guardians. The maps are Forge maps that can be played across Big Team Battle and Grifball. Other Forge maps in rotation now are remakes of the Valhalla and Sandtrap maps from Halo 3. You can check out a new gameplay trailer for the community maps in the video player below.
Halo 5: Guardians won’t be receiving any sort of campaign downloadable content, as developer 343 Industries wants to focus on other aspects of the game for expansions. Studio head Josh Holmes has explained in an interview with Red Bull that although the team is interested in finding new ways to get players involved in the world of Halo, they don’t have any plans to do that with further story content for the newly released shooter.
A little while back, a report stated that there was a “high probability” that Halo 5 would be coming to PC. To which many Halo fans rejoiced. However, on Twitter, 343 Industries Frank O’Connor revealed that his words were taken out of context, and that though he would like Halo 5 on PC, it’s not a guarantee:
With the upcoming Halo 5 comes a lot of questions. Not the least of which is how the game will handle multiplayer, which is easily one of the most popular parts of the Halo franchise.