Microsoft took the stage at E3 2014 and gave gamers the first look look at The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians. A year later, the Master Chief Collection has launched to a storm of problems and gamers still haven’t seen much more of Halo 5, despite a very entertaining viral campaign. As the October release date approaches, Microsoft is finally ready to give gamers a closer look at the gameplay in Master Chief’s next adventure.
As expected, Halo 5 and the Master Chief were a major feature during the Xbox presentation at E3 2015. The upcoming game is poised to be the biggest hit of the holiday season and 343 Industries looks like it is ready to deliver another compelling Halo campaign, even without the support of the split-screen co-op that has become a franchise staple.
The new Halo 5: Guardians trailer gives gamers a closer look at the game’s plot and the hunt for Master Chief. The reveal started out with a cinematic look at the game, but then quickly moved to our first real look at gameplay footage. Despite the elimination of split-screen, Halo 5: Guardians is offering some new features that will hopefully enhance the co-op experience.
Four players took the stage and teamed up to play as the crew hunting down the Chief. Unlike some of the previous Halo games, the co-op mode seems to put players in control of unique characters on the squad (rather than a bunch of Chief clones). The gameplay itself looks… a lot like Halo. 343 did a fantastic job with the campaign in Halo 4 and it looks like the developers first attempt at a game that takes the main focus off of Chief could still capture the look and feel of the iconic franchise.
- Players jump between two unique squads
- One squad led by Locke and one by Chief
- Seemless drop-in and drop-out co-op play
- New Promethean enemies
- Brand new Covenant weapon
In addition to some of the typical weapons, we also see some unique power ups. In one particularly awesome moment, the player seems to rocket down from a jump and squash the enemy. The trailer wraps up with a montage of moments that highlights both the cinematic moments and the brand new gameplay.
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Halo 5: Guardians is set to launch for the Xbox One on October 27, 2015.