Arguably the Xbox One’s biggest exclusive this holiday season, Halo 5: Guardians is not only expected to give the second place console a sizable bump in sales, but might also redeem the efforts of developer 343 Industries which struggled through a disastrous few months after releasing The Master Chief Collection.
While marketing efforts have focused on the struggle between Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris, Halo 5: Guardians also promises to throw Master Chief’s longtime enemies from the Covenant into the mix as well. Fans will notice a few changes to the faction within this game however as a number of familiar vehicles will look and behave slightly different this time.
In an official post on the Halo Waypoint blog, Halo 5: Guardians writer, Jeff Easterling, revealed that several alien vehicles have been redesigned and given fresh aesthetics for the upcoming shooter. While the story mainly focuses on the conflict between Master Chief and Agent Jameson Locke, the Covenant are also going through a civil war on their home planet of Sanghelios. Previously revealed in a gameplay trailer, the civil war has caused old factories to reopen as both sides engage in an arms race against one another.
In addition to the updated visuals for each of the vehicles, the rides have also been given new tweaks to their functionality. For example, the Banshee aircraft now offers better protection with an energy shield equipped by default while the Ghost rapid attack vehicle has been enhanced with “greater level of protection and higher performance.” Finally, the Wraith plasma tank has been given an updated look and is also a bit smaller and more agile than previous versions seen in past games. The newly designed vehicles can be seen below.
With the release date quickly approaching, Microsoft has shifted into high gear as marketing efforts for the game have started to release more often. Two new trailers have hit the airwaves recently, with the first focusing on a fallen hero, as the new live action trailer teases fans about the possibility of Master Chief’s death. The second clip, which aired yesterday for the first time during AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead finale, places the focus on Agent Locke who is currently hunting Master Chief on behalf of the UNSC.
What’s more, 343 Industries has confirmed that preliminary work has started on Halo 6, as the developer is currently in the planning phase of bringing that title to life. With another game guaranteed to be on the way, does that mean Master Chief survives this encounter or will the series sunset the chief and transition to a new character entirely? Fans have less than a month until they can find out.
What do you guys think of the updated designs and functionality for some of the old school vehicles in Halo 5: Guardians? Let us know how high your hype meter has risen in the comments below.
Halo 5: Guardians launches for Xbox One on October 27, 2015.
Source: Halo Waypoint