Part of what’s propelled the Halo series to sell 65 million units over the years is the ability to play together with friends. Fans of the Halo series have understandably had mixed feelings regarding the changes to multiplayer that are planned for Halo 5: Guardians. While the game’s developers have promised to make an even more incredible multiplayer experience, the lack of split-screen functionality has disappointed fans who have spent years playing with friends in the same room.
While 343 Industries has no plans to bring back split-screen mode, they have promised a bevy of new capabilities for multiplayer fans. Today at Gamescom, 343 released a new trailer detailing even more of what fans can expect from the multiplayer modes in Halo 5: Guardians.
343 Industries’ new trailer (seen above) reveals that outside of the main story campaign, Halo 5: Guardians will feature two multiplayer modes: Warzone, and Arena. Warzone is the biggest innovation to the Halo multiplayer front, which features 24-player battles. Considering the large number of participants, this is where Halo 5‘s largest maps will come into play, and vehicles will be usable. Arena is sticking a little closer to Halo‘s roots, with two teams of four facing off against each other in Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag modes.
343 Industries previously promised that Halo 5‘s co-op multiplayer campaign is their focus in Halo 5, rather than a tacked-on afterthought. Each character will have unique playstyles, starting weaponry, and aesthetics. Players will be easily able to join in and drop out of their friend’s games without interrupting the flow of the game, as AI teammates will take up any empty player slots. 343 Industries has also noted that the story campaign is designed to focus on the entire team, rather than just Master Chief, as in prior titles in the series. However, it’s also promised to be the biggest story for Master Chief yet, so fans of the continuing Halo story should be satisfied by Halo 5.
Between the core story and Halo 5‘s newly announced multiplayer modes, it seems fans can look forward to many hours of multiplayer gameplay, so long as your friends aren’t in the same room as you. It’s unfortunate that 343 Industries couldn’t find a way to keep split-screen co-op, but they at least appear to be making good on their promise to create new and entertaining ways to play with friends over the internet.
Halo 5: Guardians releases on October 27 for Xbox One.