E3 News Roundup: Halo 5: Guardians
Microsoft opened their E3 presentation with a new look into Halo 5: Guardians. 343 Industries are still keeping things under wraps, but a few details were revealed about the next entry into the Halo universe. Here’s a roundup of what was announced.
1. Halo 5: Guardian’s story revolves around two Spartan Teams
The single player campaign focuses on two Spartan teams; one led by the familiar John-117, Master Chief, and the other led by Spartan Locke trying to find Master Chief. Players were treated to a brief demo with a team of Spartans going through Covenant forces. In the background stood a “Guardian”, to which Locke’s team wondered if Master Chief was aboard.
2. All the races join in again
In the demo, humans and Covenant were shown fighting each other, and then Prometheans came into the picture. A sword wielding Promethean taunted Spartan Locke just before cutting into him with a blade.
3. It very much looks like a Halo game
From what was shown, Halo 5: Guardians still retains its science fiction space agey sheen, with a bit more grit into the mix. Explosions in the demo were sporting a very Covenant purple, and the Promethean forces glowed orange in all the right places.
4. Multiplayer is more ambitious than ever with the 24 player Warzone mode
Warzone, a new multiplayer mode seems to mix up things more than ever. Feeling like a combination of Halo franchise multiplayer staple Big Team Battle game mode which pits eight players against eight, and Halo 3: ODST’s Firefight mode where a team of players takes on waves and waves of computer controlled enemies, Warzone pits 24 players against each other, alongside other oncoming computer controlled enemies. It’s not just player versus player; it’s player versus everything.
Halo 5: Guardians releases on October 27th, exclusively for the Xbox One.