Halo 5 Will Have 24-Player Multiplayer Mode ‘Warzone’

Microsoft kicked off their E3 press conference with brand new information regarding Halo 5. While there were several things that were shared, the biggest one (literally!) is that the game will feature a 24-player multiplayer mode.

This mode, called Warzone, is pure mayhem. There’s a bunch of Spartans, vehicles, and lots and lots of explosions. Check out the trailer for Warzone below.

Halo 5: Guardians will launch exclusively on Xbox One on October 27th, 2015.

Halo 3: ODST’s Edward Buck Returning For Halo 5: Guardians

Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck was Halo 3: ODST‘s main character, and it has now been revealed that he will be returning to the story in this year’s Halo 5: Guardians. In ODST, Buck was an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper that had no Spartan-like super abilities, though in this game that could be changing.

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This is all part of Game Informer’s cover issue of the game, where it is also revealed that Buck is a part of Fireteam Osiris, which is the squad led Agent Locke that are hunting down Master Chief. There will be two squads featured in the game that each have 4 characters, and these can be controlled by AI or other players. More information will be coming at E3 so stay tuned for that.

Halo Franchise Director Calls Master Chief Collection “A Black Eye For Us”

The Master Chief Collection was a mess at launch, but things will be better for Halo 5.

When Halo: The Master Chief Collection released last year it was nothing short of a complete mess, with the game’s online component being completely broken.

Frank O’Connor, the franchise’s director, has opened up about that horrible launch and promises that Halo 5: Guardians will be a far better experience on day one. He said the following to Xbox Achievements:

“Halo: The Master Chief Collection is definitely a black eye for us. We’re not going to rest on our laurels or hide from the mistakes we made. However, I will say that the nature of The Master Chief Collection – you’ve got five different game engines, you’ve got five different studios working on it, you’ve got 343 working on putting it all together – the footprint and complexity was outrageous.”

He goes on to explain why Halo 5 will not suffer the same fate:

“Halo 5 is being made by a completely different team. It’s a singular product. It was built from the ground up for this new technology, rather than being sort of dragged kicking and screaming from 2001 and forced and shoehorned into a 2014 console. So the problem spaces are still very challenging but they’re radically different. I think the beta is already a decent first step, in a retail environment, showing that we don’t have the same problems.”

Halo 5: Guardians is developed by 343 Industries exclusively for the Xbox One. It is set to launch on October 27th, 2015.

Is Master Chief A Traitor? A Live-Action Halo 5 Trailer Will Tell Us This Sunday

Is Master Chief a traitor? Sounds like some people think so.

Halo 5: Guardians is set to receive a live-action trailer this Sunday, March 29th. This trailer will reportedly reveal the first details on the game’s story, which has intriguingly been hinting at Master Chief being pegged as a traitor. Check out a teaser below. 

An episodic narrative audio series will also be released, with Microsoft providing the following information:

“The series stars Keegan-Michael Key (‘Key and Peele’) as Benjamin Giraud, a war-journalist who slowly unearths startling new revelations about who the Master Chief really is, forcing listeners to reevaluate what they really know about humanity’s greatest hero. Episodes will be released each week via Tumblr and syndicated across multiple podcast platforms for 12 weeks, leading up to E3 in June 2015.”

What is most interesting of all, however, is that Microsoft encourages fans to break down the above teaser frame-by-frame to discover “ominous new clues about the fate of the legendary Master Chief”.

A Countdown Teasing ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ News Is Ticking Towards March 21st

The time is coming for everyone to hunt for the truth.

A countdown timer has been created for Halo 5: Guardians that is teasing some sort of news that is on the way has been posted on Tumblr. It was released by Xbox senior public relations manager Rob Semsey on Twitter, with the timer set to end on March 21st at 6 PM Pacific Time.

The page itself is pretty barren, though it does show a bullet with the word “traitor” engraved on it. At the bottom of the page there is a button that says, “#HUNTtheTRUTH”, which allows you to share the page to Twitter. It looks like there is some deception going on in the world of Halo.

Halo 5: Guardians is set to release in the Fall of this year exclusively for the Xbox One, though few details about it are known at this point. A multiplayer beta for the game was accessible for those who purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection, giving players access to several game types and maps for three weeks. The revamped gameplay worked surprisingly well, so I’m looking forward to seeing what this teaser tells us.

The Early Access For The ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ Beta Begins Today

A lucky few gamers will be able to try out the beta for Halo 5: Guardians a week before anyone else does.

On December 29th 343 Industries will be allowing those who purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection to participate in a multiplayer beta for next year’s Halo 5: Guardians. However, a lucky few players will have the opportunity to test out a closed beta for the game right now through the Xbox One Preview Program.

This limited beta will only last until December 21st, and will not contain all of the content for the full beta that comes the following week. A new trailer for the beta was also released, so be sure to check that out below. 

The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta will run until January 18th, giving gamers lots of time to try out everything that the beta has to offer. The actual game is set to release sometime in the third or fourth quarter of 2015.

Master Chief IS The Main Character In ‘Halo 5: Guardians’

Master Chief is still in the building.

People became confused last week when the actor who plays Agent Locke in Halo 5: Guardians, Mike Colter, claimed that he would be the primary character in the upcoming game.

Colter said the following:

“You’re basically going to be playing a game with me as the primary character.”

However, 343 Industries’ Frank O’Connor has gone and clarified things on the NeoGAF forums when he posted that Locke would be “”A” primary character. Chief is the main character and hero.”

When somebody else suggested that they would test the waters to see if they could retire Master Chief, O’Connor replied with a “NO. The end.”

This isn’t too surprising, as I don’t think they would go as far as removing Master Chief from the story. Considering how iconic of a character he is, I’m pretty sure there would be a public outcry if he was suddenly replaced in a new game. It’s still very well possible that we may be controlling characters at other points during the game, but I think, at most, Halo 5: Guardians may offer split scenarios similar to what was done with Halo 2.

Halo 5: Guardians isn’t set to be released until sometime in 2015, so the answers to all of these questions are still months off. However, in about a month gamers (including myself) will have forgotten all about it when Halo: The Master Chief Collection launches and allows gamers to finally play the iconic Halo 2 online again.