A couple of days ago Game Informer posted up a teaser video that hinted at what to expect in their upcoming coverage of Halo 5: Guardians. People familiar with Halo “lore” might notice at least one familiar face…
A couple of key items from their article were later picked up and circulated:
- All multiplayer map DLC will be free to avoid breaking up the player base.
- Online co-op would be available to XBL silver subscribers.
Getting all maps for free is huge. On top of the 20 intended to be released with the game, a further 15 will be provided as DLC, almost doubling the amount available. Previously players had to pay for all of these extra maps or wait long enough before they became free but this is going to ensure that as new maps are rolled out there is going to be a LOT of players all checking them out on release which has also got to be good for maintaining the game’s momentum and keeping the player base active.
That second item was big news at the time but turned out to be a miscommunication that was quickly rectified by 343 Industries on Halo Waypoint. Seemed for a short while MS may have considered relaxing the rules for multiplayer on Xbox Live but it was not to be.
It also looks like Game Informer only scratched the surface of what’s in store; there will be much more to see when E3 begins in the coming days, according to 343’s Frank O’Connor.
Thanks go out to the folks on the Mojo Forums who found a lot of this info long before I did. 🙂