Yes, you’ve read it right. Game Informer’s digital issue is out and brings a lot of details about Halo 5: Guardians ahead of its big reveal at this year’s E3 and the best one is: free DLC.
As NeoGAF user shinobi602 points out, Halo 5 Guardians will launch with over 20 multiplayer maps and will bring another 15 maps until June 2016. All for free. According to Halo’s developers, they did not want to divide the fan base, which is pretty awesome. “When you have paid map packs and content, you divide the player base into two groups: the haves and the have-nots,” developer Josh 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”.
Another major A+: four-player campaign co-op will not require Xbox Live Gold membership. Each player will be able to play as a specific member of Blue Team (Master Chief’s legendary group), each with a different loadout and a different HUD. The same happens when Fireteam Osiris (Agent Locke’s group) takes over the campaign to tell their side of the story (hunting down Master Chief and his group that have gone AWOL). Agent Locke and Fireteam Osiris have access to more advanced tech than Blue Team’s. Locke’s Artemis Tracking System (ATS) points out alternate paths through missions, which will be numerous throughout the campaign. Also, in case you’ve missed it, one of the members of Fireteam Osiris is no other than Spartan Edward “Eddie” Buck (yes, Orbital Drop Shock Trooper “Buck” from Halo 3: ODST), played by actor Nathan Fillion. Buck appeared in a video Game Informer published along with the article.
During single-player campaign, the leader of both groups (the playable character) will be able to interact with the rest of the team, giving them orders using the D-Pad in the Xbox Controller. The commands include picking up certain weapons, using turrets, driving Warthogs, assaulting specific enemies and more. Team members can also revive one another.
Once again, Game Informer teases of a brand new multiplayer mode never seen before in Halo games, incorporating all aspects of the Halo sandbox for the first time ever. Halo’s developers say that such experience is described as a “dream of ours and all our fans to build something like this”.
Halo 5: Guardians is set to release on October 27th exclusively for Xbox One.