UPDATE: 343 Industries’ Josh Holmes has come forth to correct a statement that he made to Game Informer regarding the ability to play Halo 5: Guardians‘ co-op mode with a Silver Xbox Live membership. Apparently that will NOT be the case, as Holmes claims.
“I need take a moment to make an important correction on something we miscommunicated in the story. I misspoke during the interview when stating that online co-op campaign would be supported with an Xbox Live Silver account. Co-op campaign will require Xbox Live Gold to play. I want to extend my sincere apologies to our fans, and to Game Informer, for this error and any confusion it has caused.”
Holmes pointed out that the game will come packaged with 14 days of Xbox Live Gold, however, which will allow consumers to enjoy all of the modes in Guardians for two weeks.
Source: 343 Industries
Original Story: It’s been an interesting few days for fans of the blockbuster Halo franchise to say the least. Details on the next entry in Microsoft’s beloved sci-fi franchise, aptly titled Halo 5: Guardians, have been pouring out following Game Informer‘s recent coverage of the forthcoming game. Most of the news has been interesting for gamers that have immersed themselves in the lore of the series, but dedicated fans may have just been hit with a piece of information that they may not approve of.
The software’s developer, 343 Industries, has confirmed to Game Informer that Halo 5: Guardians will not support local split-screen co-op – something that’s shocking given how heavily implemented it has been in the franchise to-date.
As fans are now well aware thanks to all of the information that’s now been provided on the cast of characters featured in Halo 5, teamwork will be a big emphasis for the game. Sadly, the story won’t be able to be a shared experienced on the same television this time around, which has made several community members disappointed to say the least.
In lieu of local co-op, however, 343 Industries has clarified that gamers will be able to meet up and play the campaign with each other online without requiring Xbox Live Gold status. This will be a big motivator for those that don’t currently own the service to team up with friends, and it’s a surprising revelation given how intertwined Xbox Live Gold and Halo have been in the past. That said, players will still need Gold status to access the game’s competitive online multiplayer.
In the wake of news that all future downloadable multiplayer maps for Halo 5: Guardians will be free, it’s obvious that Microsoft is keen on making an enjoyable environment for the consumer. Still, many gamers are already voicing their distaste for the lack of a local co-op campaign, and those complaints likely won’t go away anytime soon.
The decision to drop split-screen co-op likely game with a lot of thought from the team at 343 Industries, as it’s been a trademark of the series ever since its debut. It’s possible that resolution and frame rate were taking a hit when trying to run two screens simultaneously in Guardians, but this is just speculation on our part. Whatever the logic behind the decision, it’s likely the feature was dropped after an ample amount of deliberation.
What do you think about Halo 5‘s lack of local co-op multiplayer? Does this put a damper on your plans to pick the game up later this year? Get at us in the comments.
Halo 5: Guardians will arrive exclusively for Xbox One on October 27, 2015.