Halo 5: Guardians remains one of the year’s most anticipated games, especially for Xbox One enthusiasts. With Sony admitting to a sparse first party lineup for the rest of 2015, Halo 5 remains an important title for Microsoft not only to redeem some of the tarnish left behind by the flawed launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but to also make up a bit of ground in overall console sales.
While a constant flow of information has continued to arrive for Halo 5: Guardians post E3 2015, many fans are still curious to know more about the game’s story. From what fans have seen, it appears that Master Chief is now considered a fugitive, hunted down by Spartan Locke and his newly assembled Fireteam Osiris. Fireteam Osiris gameplay was previously shown off at E3 this year, but this week, new campaign footage has leaked online giving fans a look at the other side of the coin with Master Chief.
The footage in question comes from one of the many closed door demos 343 Industries has been showing select people at various tradeshows. The video reveals around 11 minutes of campaign gameplay centered around Master Chief and his Blue Team as they board some sort of Covenant ship. There’s a couple of light spoilers packed away in the footage so viewers beware if you wish to play the game without any prior knowledge of what’s happening.
Even though the quality of the video is lousy at best, fans will still be able to make out some new gameplay elements coming to Halo 5 including the ability to issue squad commands and the use of spartan abilities such as shoulder charge and slam. Traditional Halo elements are also returning such as the third person assassination animations and the familiar goofy ramblings of Covenant grunts. Squad banter is also a focal point, as Chief and his team are in constant communication.
Although Microsoft tends to be fairly strong in the security department, leaks have plagued Halo 5 throughout its development cycle. Just last month alone, the new menu UI along with the soundtrack that plays in conjunction with the menus created by composer Kazuma Jinnouchi leaked online. In addition, screenshots highlighting the multiplayer focused Warzone mode also leaked, and in turn revealed new menu screens, customization options, and new personalization options like weapon skins and more.
Fans not wanting to spoil story elements should instead check out the recently released CG intro cinematic for Halo 5: Guardians, which focuses on Locke’s Fireteam Osiris group made up of Edward Buck (from Halo 3: ODST fame), Holly Tanaka, and Olympia Vale. The exciting three minute trailer follows the fireteam as they freefall through a warzone while simultaneously battling the familiar Covenant aliens.
What do you think of the footage? Does this raise the hype meter at all or is it about where you figured the game would be? Let us know your thoughts below.
Halo 5: Guardians is set for release worldwide on October 27th, exclusively on the Xbox One.