Halo 5: Guardians was always going to be a huge part of Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference. After all, Master Chief and his story is perhaps the most popular and important Microsoft-focused franchise, and news about the title was highly anticipated. Thankfully, the press conference did not disappoint, with some stunning gameplay footage wowing crowds.
There was, however, something that Halo fans were desperately searching for with any new Guardians details: further multiplayer news. 343 Industries did have something up its sleeve when it game to Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer options, however, and the developer is clearly planning to bring something huge to the fifth iteration of the Halo franchise. The E3 press conference revealed that Halo 5: Guardians will include the Warzone multiplayer option, promising massive battles between large teams.
Although the press conference was coy about major details, there was more than enough to whet the appetites of Halo fans. It was revealed that the new Warzone mode would feature 12 versus 12 multiplayer battles, on the biggest maps in the history of the entire Halo franchise. Alongside the PvP aspect, there will also be AI opponents for human competitors to take down.
The news was accompanied by a reveal trailer, featuring breathtaking battles, with a good variety of vehicles, taking place in wide open areas. Interestingly enough, the game mode seems to take some new steps for the franchise, and appears to be comparable to the Battlefield series in terms of feel. After all, it’s been promised that the Warzone maps are going to be up to four times the size of the previous Halo standard.
It was not only the multiplayer element on show at the E3 conference, either, as 343 Industries also took a closer look at the game’s campaign with a tantalising video. Halo 5: Guardians will promise players the chance to jump between two unique squads, one featuring Master Chief, and the other led by Locke. With squad members – at least at a first glance – looking to feature some real personality, perhaps there is hope that Halo 5: Guardians will make up for its lack of split-screen campaign co-op.
That said, it’s likely to be the multiplayer that makes or breaks Halo 5: Guardians, and 343 Industries will be hoping that the new Warzone mode will be a huge pull for the multiplayer FPS crowd. Given the difficulties that The Master Chief Collection has faced with connectivity and server problems, here’s hoping that the developer has learned its lesson.
What do you make of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer news? Do you think bigger is better for the Halo franchise? Or do you think Halo is at its best in a tight environment? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to stick with Game Rant for all your E3 2015 gaming news!