Copies of Halo 5: Guardians that hit the streets early reveal that Xbox One owners need up to 60 GB of free hard drive space in order to install the game.
After announcing that Halo 5: Guardians went gold last week, retail copies of the game have leaked early, potentially landing in the hands of eager gamers. Thanks to some photos that have surfaced online, eager fans are now able to get a good look at the box art including the back which holds a lot of additional information. According to the fine print, it appears that Xbox One owners will need to ensure that their console has at least 60GB of free space on their hard drive in order to install and play the game.
The box art images for Halo 5: Guardians also show off aspects gamers already knew about, such as the T for Teen rating, which is a first for the franchise as past titles typically rated higher at M for Mature. The pictures also confirm the lack of any split screen options as co-op play is restricted to 2-4 players over Xbox Live.
The thing to keep in mind here is that even though the box art appears to be legit, the images cannot be officially verified. Looking past the box art, it appears that the person is in a warehouse, or office style building, so this could be someone who is either getting ready to ship these to retail stores or is unloading them in preparation for later this month. In one of the screenshots, a stack of Halo 5 boxes can be seen as well.
Probably due to the immense popularity that the franchise carries, the Halo series has been notorious for breaking street dates early. Halo 3 and Halo: Reach started this trend and it continued under the careful watch of 343 Industries. Just a few years ago, a similar event happened to Halo 4 on the Xbox 360 and prompted Microsoft to go as far as enlisting the help of law enforcement to try and track down how something like this happened. The company also began hunting down any pirated copies and promptly banned gamertags who were caught with them.
While the wait continues for at least a few more weeks, 343 Industries continues to whet fan appetites by detailing more post-launch content for Halo 5: Guardians. Just recently, the developer revealed a brand new and more powerful Forge mode, giving players all new map editing options and a massive list of improvements. Even though this mode won’t be available until December, 343 will be rolling out free map packs for multiplayer throughout the launch window and well into 2016 as well.
What do you make of this? Are you going to have to delete some stuff to make room or are you ready to roll when the game arrives? Let us know what you think down in the comments.
Halo 5: Guardians releases on October 27, 2015 for Xbox One.