343 Industries reveals fresh designs for some of Halo 5: Guardians’ rare and legendary UNSC vehicles obtainable through the game’s new Requisitions systems.
Last week, 343 Industries gave Halo 5: Guardians fans a glimpse of some of the Swords of Sanghelios’ and Covenant forces’ alien vehicles found in the forthcoming installment of the long-running sci-fi shooter, so it’s only fair that the studio releases images of the UNSC’s modes of transport. Most of the shots and descriptions for the Halo 5 vehicles are not far off from the visual models of the game’s yesteryears, as they are variant units.
As previously mentioned, each of the tanks, trucks, and flyers shown below can be acquired in Halo 5‘s Requisition (REQ) system, which is essentially an in-game means for doling out rewards. Would-be Spartans who finish off objectives in the FPS’ Arena or Warzone modes will earn REQ points that can be used to spawn the vehicles described in this article (as well as others) while playing a Warzone map‘s match.
While the images give fans a pretty good idea of what to expect with these transportation units, 343 Industries has provided in-depth reports of their capabilities. After perusing the gallery, check out Halo Waypoint’s blogger Grimbrother One’s written descriptions that follow the images.
- Scorpion: The new iteration – the M820 – of the storied Scorpion is half the mass of the old M808 yet has nearly identical firepower and armor protection. As expected, ONI spares no expense with its “security” Scorpions, outfitting them with experimental ammunition using the latest energetic propellants. Advanced Scorpion with heavy armor and upgraded cannon.
- Mongoose: Lovingly dubbed the “mothergoose” by frontline infantry men and women due to its increased size over the M274, this particular variant shown is Liang Dortmund’s heavy-duty modification of the standard M290 ATV. The result is a nimble but rugged Mongoose with extra armor.
- Gungoose: The new “Gungoose” is the result of an M290 Mongoose quad bike fitted with twin grenade launchers. A passenger can be accommodated on the rear-facing seat, providing ample offense on this snake-killer’s nose and tail.
- Rocket Warthog: Rocket Warthogs are often the first and last line of defense against Covenant aircraft for UNSC ground forces. This particular variant showcases an improved Rocket Warthog with upgraded armor.
- Gauss Warthog: Tested in classified ops during the Requiem campaign, the UNSC has fitted a brand new evolution of the heavy gauss cannon on the M12B Warthog. For this particular ONI-spec variant, gauss cannon impacts produce lingering area of effect damage. The precise mechanism remains highly classified. Calling one of these bad boys in gives your team an advanced Gauss Warthog with heavy armor and upgraded gauss cannon.
- Banshee Ultra: Only skilled Sangheili aces are entrusted with these rare and valuable aircraft, with means that each one is carefully husbanded for decisive strikes. Superior T-54 Banshee with heavy armor and significantly upgraded armament.
As many fans should agree, the alternate redesigns for Halo 5‘s UNSC vehicles are pretty nifty, and the new REQ system definitely sounds promising. If anything, the rewards program is somewhat reminiscent of Call of Duty franchise’s killstreak bonuses, in that the more points racked up give the opportunity for vehicular support.
At any rate, should Microsoft Game Studios and 343 Industries continue to make significant tweaks like the ones mentioned above, there’s no reason why Halo 5 won’t help the Halo series’ sales continue to skyrocket. However, there are fans who are still upset over the fact that the forthcoming sequel won’t support couch co-op, as it’s been reported numerous times, there will be no split-screen. Whether or not the lack of the feature will affect the title’s bottom line remains to be seen, but even if it does, it should be a marginal effect.
Halo 5: Guardians is set to release on October 27, 2015 exclusively for Xbox One.