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Overview

Halo 5 promotional poster, portraying the two SPARTAN teams, along with a Forerunner Guardian in the background.

Revealed at Microsoft's E3 2013 Media Briefing, Halo 5: Guardians is a sci-fi first-person shooter developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft Studios, set to release on October 27. 2015 on the Xbox One. The game is the 5th installment in the mainline Halo games, continuing the the journey of Master Chief Petty Officer John-117. The game features heavily reworked audio and a new engine built for the Xbox One. The game's campaign and multiplayer will run at 60 frames per second. The game's soundtrack is composed by composer Kazuma Jinnouchi, who also worked on Halo 4's soundtrack. The game's creative director is Tim Longo, most notable for his work on the Star Wars games.

Story

Cataclysmic events are disrupting the universe. Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, along with his old team of SPARTAN-IIs, go AWOL and embark on a mission to save the universe.

Gameplay

Campaign Squad Control

Fireteam Osiris.

During the campaign playing will be taking over Chief's team, know as Blue Team, which is composed of legendary Spartan II's Kelly-087, Linda-058 and Frederic-104 or Locke's team, Fireteam Osiris, which is made up of high-tech Spartan IV's, including Edward Buck. A player, if playing alone, can issue orders to these AI controlled teammates. Commands including, highlighting and issuing an assault on enemies, picking up certain weapons, controlling turrets and driving vehicles. During online cooperative play, players will take on the role of the Spartan teammates, each with their own unique traits.

Spartan Abilities

As seen is past Halo game such as Halo: Reach and Halo 4, Spartan abilities make a return to the Halo sandbox but this time not tied to a loadout. In Halo 5: Guardians all Mjolnir GEN2s are equipped with these abilities, making them available to all players.

Halo 5's ground pound ability.
  • Thruster Pack - The integration of a thruster pack solution offers much more dynamic mobility, including bursting in any given direction with a low recharge requirement after use.
  • Ground Pound - Used to launch down toward the ground from an elevated position and deliver a devastating blow to the ground and any opponents around. Is activated when jumping off a elevated position and holding melee from a brief period.
  • Clamber - A ability in the Spartan's agility arsenal. Clambering allows Spartans to climb up ledges normally out of reach.
  • Slide - Mjolnir GEN2's upgraded joints actuators allow Spartans to move fluidly through the environment, even coming to a sudden sliding stop in order to dodge or evade incoming fire.
  • Charge - A charge that uses Mjolnir GEN2's thurster pack, activated when a player builds up speed while sprinting and pressing the melee button.
  • Smart Scope - Included in every weapon, smart scope gives players a more clear line of sight.
  • Sprint - Now Spartan sprinting is standard, but this time tied a Spartan's shields. If a Spartan's shields are low, when sprinting they do not recharge.

Weapons

Render of the returning Halo weapon the Battle Rife.

The confirmed list of weapons in the game.

  • Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) - A mid to long range single shot rifle. Can take out a fully shielded Spartan with 4 shots to the head .
  • BR55 Battle Rifle - A mid to long range 3 shot burst rifle.
  • Shotgun - Close quarters combat weapon.
  • Hydra - A new multi-shot rocket launcher, when using Smart Scope rockets can lock on to enemies.
  • MA5 Series Assault Rifle - A assault rifle that fire off a immediate rifle clip, this time a Smart Scope zoom is now present giving players a much clearer line of sight.
  • Sub Machine Gun - A compact automatic machine gun, the Smart Scope ability makes the spread tighter.
  • Sniper Rifle - Power weapon, the UNSC sniper rifle returns, appears as it did in Halo 4.
  • Rocket Launcher - Power weapon returns.
  • Energy Sword - The power weapon makes a return both as a regular weapon and a "legendary weapon" with the name "Prophet's Bane", this is the sword that belongs to The Arbiter.
  • Boltshot - The forerunner pistol equivalent, does not function like in Halo 4. There is no shotgun fire mode, fires two shots at once and sort of tracks players.
  • Incineration Cannon - Returns from Halo 4, players can charge up a shot and the longer you charge, the more powerful it is. Battery based rather than ammo based.
  • Railgun - Returns from Halo 4, works identically, holds 11 shots.
  • Z-130 Suppressor - Forerunner equivalent of the SMG, fires a lot slower than in Halo 4.
  • Needler - The covenant rapid fire weapon, returns with a aim down sights mechanic.
  • Carbine - The mid to long range covenant semi-automatic rifle. Cosmetic change to scoping.

Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta

Halo 5 Guardian's multiplayer will have a competitive focus, going back to its arena shooter roots of level playing field and vying for map control.

At E3 2014, 343 Industries revealed that Halo 5: Guardians would be receiving a multiplayer beta. Access to the beta is included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The initial teaser revealed the multiplayer as a "next generation arena multiplayer". The beta ran through December 29, 2014 to January 22, 2015. The multiplayer beta focued on

  • Tight 4 vs 4 gameplay
  • Small map sizes
  • No customized load outs, everyone one on equal footing
  • 7 Maps
  • Team Weapon / Map Control
  • Spartan armor customizations

Releases

Standard Edition

A standard edition of the game.

Limited Edition

The Limited Edition of Halo 5: Guardians delivers new digital content to enhance Spartan combat plus exclusive items all wrapped in a uniquely designed steel book. This edition includes the following.

  • Halo: The Fall of Reach – Animated Series
  • Guardian model by Metal Earth
  • Uniquely-designed Spartan themed SteelBook
  • Spartan Locke’s Classified Orders
  • Dossiers on Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris
  • Xbox Live Gold 14-day Trial

Limited Collector's Edition

A premium edition of Halo 5: Guardians for collectors and Halo fans alike. The Limited Collector's Edition contains the Limited Edition as well as additional content including commemorative, numbered statue designed by 343 Industries. This edition includes the following.

  • Warzone REQ Bundle: 14 Premium Requisition packs
  • Halo: The Fall of Reach – Animated Series
  • Guardian model by Metal Earth
  • Uniquely-designed Spartan themed SteelBook
  • Spartan Locke’s Classified Orders
  • Dossiers on Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris
  • Xbox Live Gold 14-day Trial

Digital Deluxe Edition

Exclusive to the Xbox One Store. The Halo 5: Guardians Digital Deluxe Edition includes the full base game, Warzone REQ Bundle, and Halo: The Fall of Reach – Animated Series.

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