Developer 343 Industries has announced the seven multiplayer modes Halo 5: Guardians players can expect when the game launches later this month. There are some notable omissions, but as of right now it sounds like Halo fans will be plenty satisfied with the multiplayer variety. And eventually there will be room to expand.
When Halo 5: Guardians launches on October 27th, players will have access to seven total modes including Warzone, Warzone Assault, Slayer, Breakout, Free-for-All, SWAT, and Team Arena. Each of those modes will include a set of hand-chosen multiplayer maps that best suit the play style. For example, the Slayer mode (a popular choice among Halo and TDM fans) will feature Coliseum, Plaza, The Rig, Regret, and Fathom.
Of course, many Halo fans will be quick to point out that Big Team Battle is missing from the list, but that may be for good reason. From what we’ve played of Halo 5’s Warzone mode, it sounds as if 343 is trying to replicate that experience and flesh it out at the same time.
See, Warzone offers a 24-player multiplayer match that is meant to replicate a real battle. The developer is able to achieve this through the use of AI grunts – similar to Titanfall – that roam the battlefield, behaving as any average teammate would. That way the maps feel littered with opponents, almost as if it is a real “big team battle.”
Even if Big Team Battle didn’t make the first cut, though, that doesn’t mean it won’t return. Halo 5 has been a labor of love for 343 Industries and an opportunity that they don’t take lightly. When it comes to feedback the developer has listened closely and even made changes specifically based on fan reception. Last year’s Halo 5 multiplayer beta, for example, influenced the scope and scale of the multiplayer that will launch at the end of this month.
All told, it sounds as if Halo 5 will have a robust set of multiplayer playlists available on Day 1, with the potential to grow from there. Obviously, 343 Industries will want to push Warzone since it’s there new mode, but it’s nice to see fan-favorites like SWAT and Free-for-All in the mix as well. Moreover, we can’t wait to see what Halo fans are able to do with Forge, further expanding the Halo 5 multiplayer experience with more user-created modes and maps. Basically, we just want Griffball.
Which Halo 5 mode are you most excited to see return? Which mode do you hope shows up the next time around?
Halo 5: Guardians releases October 27, 2015 for Xbox One.